Photographer's Note

After spending three weeks in Afghanistan on my way home from India in the spring of 1973 I passed quickly through Iran. I was very tired and my health was deteriorating, so I was rather anxious to get home as quickly as possible.

I slowed down the journey a bit after reaching Turkey. I had already been there several times and enjoyed the friendly and hospitable country. My bus from Tehran brought me to Erzurum in eastern Turkey, a city on a high plateau surrounded by mountains. In those days it had a population of maybe 90.000, but like most Turkish cities it is today at least four times larger.

In my diary from the journey I had written that I spent a nice day in Erzurum taking photos and enjoying the best food I had tasted for a long time. Several people approached me to practice their English or just to bid me welcome to their city. A small girl asked me "Etes-vous Franais?"

The only "problem" I experienced that day seems to have been that my camera caused such a sensation that I was sometimes surrounded by curious people, making it difficult to take any photos. And in spite of nice sunshine it was quite chilly, so my sandals and bare feet (I didn't bother to take my socks out from the bottom of my backpack) also caused a minor sensation.

This is one of the pictures I managed to take. I will probably show one or two more. This is, as always, scanned from a Kodachrome slide. Here is a larger version.

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