One day, we hopped out of the minibus to take the obligatory tourist photo of a ruined castle in the distance, and a man came ambling up the cobbled road, umbrella at the ready for the coming rain.
He saw us – 10 obviously foreign touring photographers and two guides, cameras all pointing in one direction – and he stopped. He told us what a wonderful thing we were doing, photographing his beautiful countryside. He shook hands with all of us, conceded to a few photographs, and went off on his merry way to a cheer of goodbyes.
It was a simple incident. Not more than 15 minutes passed. Nevertheless, it amazed me everyday how amiable the rural Turkish people are.
~ Spotted Cow
12 thoughts on “A man came up the road”
A priceless moment.
It was indeed. It’s encounters like this that make travelling very special.
You’ve taken a simple human encounter and through words and your great photos turned it into a beautiful thing!
Thank you. It’s good to remember that the simple things that happen during the day also bring us pleasure.
What a fabulous random encounter and how accommodating he was. Obviously not deterred in the slightest when greeted with a group armed with cameras. I most likely would have turned right around and walked away! 🙂
I know ! I would too ! I think country people are simply much friendlier and less suspicious than city folk.
A wonderful encounter, which certainly adds to the enjoyment of the day. It is certainly an interesting country.
Yes, it never ceased to amaze me, the kindness and patience of the people. I can’t imagine I’d be half that accommodating. It probably means that I should slow down and smell the roses in my everyday life ! Going with a photography group also means that you have a different focus.
I’ll bet you have a million amazing photos like this! Can’t wait to see more.
Thanks ! Not quite a million, but over a thousand … and not all amazing – but some are equally good. I’ll continue putting them up as I get the chance.
Those are the best moments when travelling!
Yes I agree!