Not 的Red Sea, not 的Dead Sea, but 的Black Sea…
黑海地区 of 火鸡 – for all 的mystery and enchantment in its name, is 上e of 的7 regions of 火鸡, and possibly 上e of its 亚太地区很少有人探索的更多未触及部分。
火鸡 has always been regarded a captivating destination for people all around 的globe, whether it is for its iconic hot air balloon scenic rides in Cappadocia, salt lakes or rich religious/ historical places like Ephesus, Troy and Amazon.
However just further northeast of 火鸡 fringing 的borders of Georgia 是土耳其勉强接触但非常美丽的部分 – named ‘The 黑海 Region’.
It got its name from 的distinctively darker colours of 的water, due to 的colder sea water temperature found in this part of 火鸡. This region is also often set in a foggy cloudy atmosphere given it has rain 9 out of 12 months of 的year, hence gives it its mysterious allure and mood.
You can enter 的Black Sea Region via a couple of ways. But 的route we took was:
伊斯坦布尔机场–>霍帕（有趣的事实：抵达巴统机场 佐治亚边境的15-20分钟班车将我们带回土耳其边境）–> Rize –> Giresun –> Amasya –> Samsun Airport –> Back to Istanbul
所以在这里’s a bird’s eye view 上 what are 的best sights in 的Black Sea Region and why it is a beautiful part of 土耳其绝对值得探索。
The 5 Best of 的Black Sea Region of 火鸡:
我们在土耳其航空度过了轻松而平稳的1小时以上的航班，…巴统机场。趣味事实– while our domestic flight destination is Hopa, we were actually touching down in Batumi, which is Georgia, another country altogether. Turkish Airlines is just using their airspace/ grounds to land 的aircraft, and 当我们下船时，将发现2个迹象– 上e indicating ‘HOPA’ and 的other ‘BATUMI’. Once we walk into 的HOPA gate, we will basically just have to take a bus/ shuttle which will bring us 上 a 15-20 minutes coastal route till we reach 的Turkish Border of Hopa.
2. 疯狂蜂蜜的起源– Rize/ Ayder Yaylasi
Rize is 的tea-land of 的black sea region.
它有许多高大茂密的森林和绿金，棕褐色的树木， 黑色的荨麻疹在哪里 蜜蜂培育他们的珍贵蜂蜜– and sold as Anzer Honey in 的stores. This little town set in 的Ayder Plateau, also known as ‘honey forest’在钓鱼，热/冷的水晶般清澈的泉水以及拥有出售有机红茶的茶园中也很受欢迎。
ONE trademark of Rize is its long winding fast moving waters, where 的current and fast moving waters make it a perfect draw factor/ iconic destination in 火鸡 for whitewater rafting in 的months of Jun – Aug. It’太浪费了 weren’t there in 的right season to experience this thrilling adventurous activity.
Staying in 的lovely cosy cabin of 艾德多加度假村 in Ayder 亚耶拉西
On 的way departing from Rize towards Giresun, we went pass Trabzon and stopped at a stunning lookout point.
The locals here have claimed proudly that some of 的best cherries in 欧洲 and hazelnuts in 的World come from none other than Giresun 火鸡. One interesting thing about this city with its 400K population is Kuskoy – ‘Bird village’ in Turkish. In here, you can watch how 的locals learn to communicate with each other with bird sounds, whistles and tunes, NOT words. They even have a school to teach people how to ‘speak’它。太迷人了！
We had 的privilege to take a stroll around 的old housing area of 的locals followed by a cruise around 的coast of Giresun with Altin邮政 渡船。小轮渡参观 吉雷松岛（Giresun Island）绝对是美丽的，那天天气很好，海鸥在渡轮旁飞行。我们到了吉雷松（Giresun）小岛，或者我喜欢称呼它‘The Seagull Haven’大约30分钟后。这个占地4公顷的小岛上有一些令人惊叹的旧石器遗址， monasteries 还有一些非常丰富的动植物。令人惊叹的海风和泡沫水，以及美丽的沿海悬崖，海鸥在风中飞翔和筑巢，使它变得如此神奇而原始。后来我发现这个小岛很讽刺 the ‘biggest’ island in 的Black Sea Region of 火鸡.
I could not bear to say goodbye to those seagulls and 的beautiful coastal cliffs.
一些小径去探索 on 的island is Hamza Stone, Monastery Ruins and Firin Oven. 这个岛上的起源包括 a stone temple, fortifications and ramparts, and two wine or oil presses. The now roofless stone temple was in 的ancient times attributed to 的fearless 亚马逊 他们在这些悬崖上举行宗教仪式。
Other parts of Giresun that I would love to visit and explore 的history more of if I had more time:
- 亚马逊妇女– Women Warriors