Welcome again to the story about when I travelled overland to India with a band, funding all our expenses with music. A journey that took 1 year and 8 months, through 32 countries!
In this 7th part we are in Turkey, catch up on the previous parts:
Part 1 - West Turkey - The Beginning
Part 2 - Central Turkey - Cappadocia & Malatya
Part 3 - East Turkey - Diyarbakir, Kurdistan
Part 4 - Kurdistan, Iraq
Part 5 - TV-stars in Iraq
Part 6 - Duhok, Iraq
In the last chapter we left Iraq over the Tigris River into South East Turkey.
We hitchhiked up to Midyat, which is a beautiful ancient sand-colored town in the Mardin province of Turkey. We didn't know anything about the town before hand, but just stopped there because it was on the way on our general direction towards Georgia, but we got a pleasant surprise.
The history of Midyat can be traced back to the Hurrians during the 3rd millennium. Ninth century BC Assyrian tablets refer to Midyat as Matiate, or city of caves due to the caves at eleth 3 km away from the city where the earliest inhabitants lived. Many different empires had ruled over Midyat including the Mitannians, Assyrians, Armenians, Medes, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Abbasids, Seljuks and Ottomans. - Source Wikipedia
Almost everywhere you go in the region, you will stumble upon ancient cities!
Me watching the town from one of the ancient buildings
We almost immediately got invited by some people to stay in one of those beautiful ancient buildings! They let us stay in this beautiful tea room, in exchange of a concert :)
The tea room was right on the roof and we woke up to a beautiful morning on the rooftop!
Matt and Jeff morning meditation - don't ask me how they actually got onto that rooftop...!
the courtyard seen from the rooftop
Flower Breakfast ;)
We went to see a beautiful ancient buidling, which, unfortunately I forgot the name of, but it's carvings were amazing!
We also met some fans ;D
I remember we took a lot of pictures in some corridors here, but.. they seem to be gone. Or my memory tricks me.
So this is the last picture from Midyat
And then we left town with kids and music :)
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