A short visit creates warm memories in Trabzon, Turkey's city on the Black Sea.
A large city on Turkey's Black Sea coast, Trabzon once occupied a pivotal spot on the ancient Silk Road before morphing into a modern day melting pot of cultures. It's long been a gateway destination to Iran and the Caucasus and has significant geo-political importance. But for my part I was simply eager to get to know the county beyond Istanbul and expand on my knowledge of Turkish history and cuisine. And for that, Trabzon was the perfect host.
Join in the meal... if you can find it.
My online searching has turned up the probable name of "Sofyapark Cafe" but I can't promise you that's right. Don't be put off by the heap of masonry bits (um, are those tombstones?) Just make sure to bring your appetite!
A good breakfast starts with molten cheese.
Thanks to the sunshine, the great food, the company of friends, and the unique setting, this was my favourite meal in Turkey. There's just something about a hearty breakfast that gets you excited for a day of exploring!
Common name, unusual history.
It continued to serve the public as a mosque until World War I, when it temporarily acted as a hospital, before once again resuming religious functions. In 1964, it began its life as a museum, until 2013 when it began serving duel functions as a museum and, once again, a mosque.
Exceptional art examples.
What slightly-less-than- famous cities have you explored during your travels?
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My time in Turkey was sponsored by Turkish Airlines and I thank them for their support. All writing, research, and opinions are my own.