Monday, March 11, 2013

Exploring the North East Region of Turkey

Posted on March 5, 2013 by Natalie Sayin in Turkey

A typical stereotype picture exists when people think about travel in Turkey. Most talk about the ruins of Ephesus, hot air balloons of Cappadocia or holiday resorts on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. However, in the Northeast of Turkey, there is a completely different landscape view.
Photographs on the Internet make it seem so surreal and unless you have seen it for yourself, it is difficult to believe this is Turkey. Lush green mountains covered in trees, tall waterfalls and wooden hotels dot the landscape. During winter, heavy snowfall turns the scenery into a white blanket and anyone could be forgiven for comparing it with Switzerland.
This region is culturally strong. People belong to the Laz or Hemsin ethnic groups but some people’s family history can be traced to Georgian or Azerbaijan cultures. No matter what their backgrounds are, traditions are firmly rooted in music, dancing and making food from natural resources. This is where golden honey is made by queen Caucasian bees and Rize city supplies the rest of Turkey with sweet and tasty tea leaves.

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