It’s time to learn the basics of another new language. How do you say hello, thank you and goodbye in Kurdish? Arriving at Lake Van, we’d moved into Southeastern Turkey, the predominantly Kurdish region of the country.
First stop – Van.
The first thing we saw, driving into town, was the famous Van cat statue of the Van cat breed. Sadly, the only Van cat we saw was in a small cage on show for tourists.
Van is a busy city, with more shops and people than we’d seen in a while.
Visiting Van Castle.
Van Castle is the largest of it’s kind and covers a extensive area, just outside of town.
We were greeted at the entrance by the guardians of the castle – who also like posing for pictures.
After a long, hot walk up the pathway, on reaching the top of the castle, we were greeted with great views over Lake Van.
As well as views back across the town.
We also found the worlds biggest dandelion.
Church of the Holy Cross – Adkamar Island.
Driving onwards from Van to Tatvan, we stopped along the way to take the ferry across to Adkamar island, to visit the Church of the Holy Cross, an old Armenian church built in 912. It’s a lovely ride across the lake and we had fun exploring the island and the church.
There were beautiful views back to the mainland from the island.
Our last stop along the lake was Tatvan. After I had my first Turkish barber experience (look Ma – no hair!) we enjoyed some deep-fried goodness covered with sugar syrup. YUM.
Followed by a second dessert of dondurma (Turkish ice-cream). Delicious.
It was nice to wander the lakeside and watch the locals pass the time. Why would there be balloons in the water?
For random shooting games obviously. Popular throughout Turkey – we saw this in Istanbul as well.
And the perfect way to end a day – tea by the lake to watch the sunset.