Posing by the beach, in the background is the city of Sinop. Like many Turkish cities, Sinop has an amazing and lengthy history of civilizations. It belonged to the Persians before becoming the capital of the Kingdom of Pontus, eventually it was established as a Roman colony by Julius Caesar. Over the last two thousand years the city changed hands many many times, remnants of many of these civilizations remain preserved throughout the city.
Sometimes Turkish tea doesn't give the wake-up I need. I tried a Turkish energy drink sporting the logo of Fenerbahce soccer, a club team of Istanbul. It's just one of the many soccer clubs that the youth here are fanatic about.
While searching for Camelina along the Black Sea coast, we ran into a local villager who was foraging. Her haul included an impressive and delicious looking mushroom and some endemic plants.
Driving along the narrow, windy Black Sea roads yielded an abundance of beauty.
I take a refreshing dip into the Black Sea after a long day of field work.