A Telegraphic Despatch received from The Chief Outdoors Correspondent,
Captain St. John ‘Glorious’ Farquarson RN (Retired) – Navigator and Gentleman Explorer
Currently engaged on a tour of the Republic of Turkey
Message reads “0950 Tuesday – Birecik, the Republic of Turkey”
It is a beautifully warm day. I am taking refreshment at a waterside cafe in the sunshine whilst enjoying gentle breezes and pleasant views across the majestic Euphrates river. It flows before me most sedately toward a confluence with the mighty Tigris at Shatt al-Arab, and then onwards to its ultimate discharge into the Persian Gulf.
I have recrossed the river early this morning after spending a delightful three days beyond, where I explored the town and environs of Şanlıurfa, in the upper Euphrates-Tigris basin. An old town, it is one of the most evocative and romantic places in Turkey. The ancient bazaar is still visited by local people to buy fruit and vegetables and where traditionally dressed and scarfed Arab and Turkish villagers arrive in the early morning to sell their produce.
Whilst there, I much enjoyed a memorable excursion to Göbekli Tepe (Potbelly Hill) an archaeological site at the top of a mountain ridge, northeast of the town. The imposing stratigraphy of Göbekli Tepe attests to many centuries of activity, beginning at least as early as the Epipaleolithic, or Pre-Pottery Neolithic A in the 10th millennium BC.
** Learning Point**
‘Ever On-wards’! is my cry and it should be yours to if you are to benefit from an outdoors lifestyle as much as I.
We leave immediately for Anamur, an ancient town founded by the Phoenicians on the Mediterranean coast. Today, a coastal resort famous for its bananas and peanuts. We shall see.
PS: Şanlıurfa, Sanli the prefix to the city of Urfa, means “Glorious”, I felt really felt at home!
PSS: ‘Glorious photographic illustrations to be included upon my return to Blighty’.