Sinop is built on a long isthmus in the Black Sea on Turkey's northern coast. The earliest known colonists were 6th century BC Greek explorers. It has been ruled by Alexander the Great, Byzantines, Seljuks, Genoese and Ottoman Turks in 1400. The delta east of here was known in legend as the home of the Amazons, female warriors.

Despite it's rich history, this is not a tourist port, and the site visits are few and not well organized. We visited the Archeological Museum, several rooms of artifacts, and the Ethnography Museum, a house from the 17th century showing Turkish family life at the time.

There is a statue of Diogenes, born here, with his lantern and his dog. There is also a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey, who launched his liberation movement here in 1919.

We went to the only fjord in Turkey, the Hamsilos Fjord, and were two of the few to get off the bus in the rain and the mud. It could be lovely in the sun.

 

Our guide, Murat Kaya, was the only guide so far to talk to us about politics. Turkey is now a democratic, secular country. He said most of the people here are not happy about the current Prime Minister, who “wants Turkey to go backwards, to become more religious.”. They are looking forward to next year's elections.

Karen and Tom at the Archeological Museum.

 

With Diogenes and his lantern.

 

Tom and Bruce at the Ethnography Museum.

Sinop's deer control program. Bring on the lions!
 

Tom at the Hamsilos Fjord.

 

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