This old carpet loom is one of many very interesting exhibits in the small museum in Kars.
On the way out of town we stopped at a small market to pick up picnic supplies. This is how bread is sold all over Turkey.
We stopped to take photos of nomads with a heavily laden truck. Note the dog above the man on the left.
During a home visit we learned that the 18 year old daughter is engaged to a Turk who is living in Germany. His family has been there for 35 years, and he works as a miner. We did not learn how they managed to meet each other.
Hay is stacked on the roof so that during the harsh winter it can be pulled down through a hole in the ceiling and fed to animals in the room below.
We visited a medrasa which is also the tomb of the woman who had it built. There are two minarets on this building. One was built by the master, and the other by his apprentice. When the apprentice realized that his minaret was better than the one built by the master, he committed suicide.
The washed wool is spread out to dry in the sun.
These two streams converge at the bridge mentioned above. The picture was taken from the bridge.
The hills are very colorful and there are dramatic views in every direction for miles and miles.
Horse carts are common in rural Turkey. These people do not worry about the price of gasoline.
Mount Ararat covered in clouds as viewed from the little village near the site of Noah's Ark.
These young Turks live in the village near the final resting place of Noah's Ark.
This is the outline of what is left of Noah's Ark. Like many religious concepts this may require faith to fully accept.
This man was praying on a rock in front of the Ishak Pasa Palace. The picture was taken from the doorway of our bus.
A carpet showroom in Van.
Malabadi Bridge, a stone bridge built in the 12th century. A bridge built in the 1950s carries traffic. The Batman River flows beneath.
Along the way we spotted this very large stork's nest right by the road.
This man with a cart full of wood in front of the old Ottoman style house was much more picturesque than St. Paul's well.
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