A couple of artists here on RedBubble have uploaded photos taken in Turkey and others have posted that they are going. This has inspired me to add travel to Turkey as a topic in my journal/blog.
I lived in Ankara, Turkey as a US Foreign Service brat from 1959 through 1967, when my late father retired from the United States State Department. I was 11 years old when my family arrived, 18 when I left.
In 2006, I went back for the first time, and again in 2007. This is when I learned to use my digital camera! I hope you will enjoy seeing the culture of Turkey evolve through my eyes.
It had been forty years since I’d been back to Turkey. I had lost my Turkish by then, and Turkey had developed dramatically since 1966. Ankara would be unrecognizable and the archaeological sites I’d seen from 1959 through 1966 had grown significantly. So much had changed and there was so much I wanted to see again, and I wanted to enjoy Turkish cuisine again on a daily basis, and I wanted to see again a few Turks I’d known as a teenager. I put together a tour. Fifteen people came with me in 2006, 4 in 2007. It was worth having a knowledgeable licensed English speaking guide who made the archaeological sites we visited come alive.
Although I took these photos with the web site in mind, some of them would make nice cards for Ankara alumni, and RedBubble can provide them. With this in mind, I have created another profile on RedBubble:
I will take the time to add descriptions to each of the card-worthy photos, so it will be a slow process. Check back now and then. To encourage the sale of these photographs as cards, instead of the basic 20%, I will add only a 10% markup on cards or prints of my photos from Anita’s Turkey.
I have already ordered cards from my own
Evil Eye Tree
to use for Christmas cards this upcoming season!
Diplomat’s Daughter: Kabul, Afghanistan 1954-1955; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 1957-1959; Ankara, Turkey 1959-1967