Wednesday, September 5, 2007
On the way from Kars to Dogubeyazit (The eastern route), this village was definitely out of place among the multitude of mud house villages. The colours of the buildings reminded us pleasently of the subarban Japanese family's neighborhood in the film " Survive Style 5+"
Ishak Pasha Palace is a unique structure not necessarily only in architectural terms. It is also the only palace of the ottoman times which was not built by a Sultan (Emperor). And obvious to everyone else almost immediately expropriated by the Sultan.
Ishak Pasha must have stayed oblivious before and after the executioner's visit.
Dogubeyazit is inundated by 8-14 year old boys selling simple plastic bead necklaces and polishing shoes. Valid, one 9 year old shoe polisher ( also a good singer), played the saz and looked after 4 siblings. He had a beatiful smile and a great deal of dignity. Unfortunately, his photo got erased together with a photo of a man we unanimously decided was the last KGB spy, forgotten in Dogubeyazit.