Part of the trip was spent in Istanbul and part in the eastern town of Erzincan--what a contrast! In Istanbul I experienced a bit of sensory overload with so much going on. This was a horticulture-based trip, but it was also very much a cultural experience. We worked in the botanic garden one day, laying out and planting part of a border. It's always fun to meet other horticulturalists and see the work that they're doing and share plants and ideas.
I also enjoyed seeing the city. Situated on the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara, the city slopes up away from the water, creating a wonderful tiered effect. I especially appreciated all the old architecture and the traditional markets.
Istanbul is a beautiful city
Probably wouldn't see this in Istanbul!
Old mountain village
This was a special trip and a wonderful experience, from the people, to the food, and obviously the plants--I hope to be back one day!