If you find yourself in Eastern Turkey, a visit to Ani  is a must. It’s a natural focus for the Sarıkamiş routes and can be visited easily from Kars. In spring, the stone-walled fields in countryside around are covered with yellow purple and blue rectangles of wild flowers. The city was founded as the capital of the…

Biking in the Kaçkar was first developed by Egemen Çakır as part of the UNDP project to diversify tourism. They published a map of biking and walking routes in the Çoruh valley, which, in spite of the dam works, is still remarkably good. Jon Bawn has been developing bike routes in conjunction with Middle Earth…

The Kaçkar Mountains in Northeastern Turkey are a mountain-lover’s dream Megan’s Blog If there were ever a concrete argument for befriending strangers, the Kaçkar Mountains in Eastern Turkey would be it. And since today is Valentine’s Day, it seemed fitting to write about two of the things I love most: nature and travel buddies. It’s taken me…