Popped into 'English Land' (they run English speaking courses) to ask directions and then spent a couple of hours there every evening with a group. We're teachers in England and found it entertaining and rewarding. In a couple of days we had unlimited offers of everything we could have wanted from a town and as such can't recommend Erzurum highly enough.
'English Land' is on the right up the long hill from the main street (Cumhuriyat Cadesi). The long hill simply carries on up from the main road from the bazaar. It's opposite the University.
We also popped into a shop to buy a sewing needle (as you do). Despite the owner speaking no English we had what we wanted within seconds and promptly spent the next 2 hours there drinking tea with the owner and his friend. We were unable to part with any money for the needle. How is all this possible when we had no language in common?!
dogubayazit is the last village before the iranian border,you can make there all kind of traffic,change your money,and have a look at the mount ararat.
Fondest memory: picture is an ottoman bridge on the road to agri karaköse
I've travelled through most of Turkey, but probably Erzurum is the most peculiar city I visited in this country. Maybe because of the mountain location, or the strong religious presence, or the quieter attitude of the inhabitants.
No special military presence here, as I found futher east and south.
We went hiking right beside the local River, locals were fishing, we joined them and they teached us how to catch fish without wires.
They explained that city people comes to this river and try to catch fish with expensive rods and tackles and they never succeed!! They said that the only way to catch a fish is to just stand still and wait, sometimes for hours, and then just throw the spear at the fish´s eyes..
Favorite thing: We drop by the local market a few times, they hade delicious fresh fruit and vegetables. I was almost ashamed when I payed,and I felt really bad because the prices was amazingly low. I could have bought 100 tomatoes for the same price for 5-6 at home...
It's amazing how fertile earth makes landscapes beautiful. We saw beautiful trees,bushes,fruit trees yes the whole package!
They even made their owl local wine, wich we had the luck to try! I'm not a specialist in wines but everything tastes good when you're completely exhausted. We drank and talked to the locals. It couldn't be much better.
Beware that Erzurum is especially known in Turkey for its ski (kayak) facilities.
I was there in May 05 and the weather was bad with low temperature and a bit of snow !
The view of historical Erzurum set among the bare, high mountains of eastern Anatolia is a fascinating experience.
The harsh climate is definitely appropriate to the scenery, too.
Favorite thing: Most of the people make their livings with bee keeping, they produce and sell the honey to Erzerum and other larger towns in east Turkey.
Favorite thing: They had a special cermony in a small village that we went trhough. The drummer told us that he use the drum twice every day!!
Favorite thing: The landscape were very varying, from the green valleys to almost desert. Sometimes it was like standing in no-man's-land.