Safranbolu : Winding down amidst the timber frames

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The main hamam (Turkish bath) complax in Safranbolu

Coming to the very end of my nearly two months in Turkey, quiet, quaint little Safranbolu will also have to be a victim of my need for blogging speed at this time.  Not every single moment and destination of this journey can be caught up in the overwhelming dragnet of this beastly sized blog so I shall leave with only a few snaps and words.

Safranbolu sitting some ways North East of Ankara is my final stop ahead of my return to Istanbul.  It is most renowned as an UNESCO World Heritage Site noted for its preservation of a fabulous Old Town populated by classic Mugal era residential housing.  Beautiful exposed wood timber and plaster facade buildings that call to mind a little Tudor England and my strolls around Stratford Upon Avon.

Old exposed timber fonted buildings in Saf.

It's a pretty little spot.  Inevitably a tourist pleasing air-brush effect has been taken to its very heart but the town remains unspoilt and - at this time in the season - very unhurried.  I stay in the wonderful Backpackers or 'Efe' Guest House for 15TL (£6 inc. breakfast) where the wonderful hostess Yasmin cooks great food and impresses all with her polyglot skills.  She speaks Turkish, English, French, Farsi, Old Arabic (Turkey's now 'dead' former language), Japanese and passable Korean.  All this whilst running a guest house named after her energetic little boy Efe!  "Phewf!".

Safranbolu offers little to do but lots and lots of ease and relaxation.  It comes as a vital mental and physical 'warm down' for me after a hectic circuit of Turkey and ahead of my return to the bustle and busyness of Istanbul.

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The main hamam (Turkish bath) comp…
The main hamam (Turkish bath) com…
Old exposed timber fonted building…
Old exposed timber fonted buildin…
Window Ruin
'Window Ruin'
A little spread of quiet Old Town …
A little spread of quiet Old Town…
Safranbolu Kitty :)
Safranbolu Kitty :)
Stevie & Safran
Stevie & Safran
Goods car (detail)
Goods car (detail)
Metal work shop 1
Metal work shop 1
Metral work shop 2
Metral work shop 2
Husnus Wares 1 (abstract)
Husnu's Wares 1 (abstract)
The little local legend Husnu and …
The little local legend Husnu and…
Husnus wares 2 (abstract)
Husnu's wares 2 (abstract)
Safranbolu minaret
Safranbolu minaret
photo by: Stevie_Wes