injuring 36 others. The news was particularly sobering because we had been in the city only a day and a half before.
We had spent a few weeks travelling through parts of western Turkey, stopping in Istanbul, Selçuk and Ephesus, Denizli, Pamukkale and Cappadocia and finishing off in Istanbul. On the flight back to London, I mentally planned the post I wanted to write: a call for tourists to start visiting Turkey again, to experience the iconic landscapes, historic architecture, delicious food and amazing people of Turkey.
We had met numerous locals who were suffering because of the free fall of tourism. Hotels everywhere were half empty and some reported a 70% drop in business. Osman of Kirkit Horse Riding told us the turmoil had been ‘catastrophic’ for his business and his family.