…and the mist is still on the bog:
I love Turkey. I’ve visited the country more times than I can remember and travelled all over. I also have many friends there who are in my thoughts at the moment.
I recall sitting in a restaurant in Fethiye a few years ago when Erdoğan first started to tighten his grip on power. I was talking to my friend Mehmet and warning him that there was something sinister about their new leader. He was most optimistic and dismissed my concerns, “I think he will be good for Turkey” was his reply. I wish he had been right and that I was wrong.
They’ve started arresting intellectuals now: Turkey ‘suspends 15,000 state education employees’ after attempted coup
I guess the book burning comes next…
Stopped off for lunch on the way home from visiting the folks for the Easter weekend:
Read more about the castle here.
In any big city you see cats – Istanbul almost has more cats than people.
But the thought struck me when I got home – where were all the cats in Bruges?
I saw plenty of dogs, geese and ducks, but not one cat. So I Googled it and it seems that they may all be in hiding.
Ypres loves them though.
So that kind of balances it out.
Just returned from a short trip to the magical city of Bruges. Beautiful buildings, friendly people and great beer: