Open up a world of Turkish inspiration with a Cornucopia digital subscription

Buy a stand-alone digital subscription and get unlimited access to dozens of back issues capturing the spirit of Turkey for just £18.99 / $18.99 a year.

Print subscribers automatically receive FREE access to the digital archive.
Please register at www.exacteditions.com/digital/cornucopia with your subscriber account number or contact subscriptions@cornucopia.net

Buy a digital subscription Activate free digital access (print subscribers only)

Extract

Where the Wild Things Are

The botanist Andrew Byfield relives the happy days he spent last spring in the crystalline air of Bozdağ, in the Taurus Mountains of southwest Turkey. Flowers thrive there in the harsh climate on bare limestone cliffs and in fractured gullies, and cedar of Lebanon and black pine brave all that nature can throw at them. Photographs by Andrew Byfield

  • With a world population of probably just a few thousand plants, the diminutive Fritillaria byfieldii, described as recently as 2000, is still only known from a few fine limestone screes on Bozdağ. Andrew Byfield, who first discovered the flower, photographed this example in 2019

A year ago, the Ottoman historian Caroline Finkel and I climbed Bozdağ in Turkey’s extreme southwest, spending a magical interlude on this glorious mountain. It’s a place I have returned to on perhaps five occasions since the early 1990s, and if I had to choose one spot as my favourite in the whole of Turkey, this might just be it. It is blessed with a fabulous flora and, as we shall see, is the only place on this planet for a plant of which I am especially fond. So we touched down in the early evening of May 9, and three short days later our own “adventurous journey” was over.

To read the full article, purchase Issue 61

Issue 61, Summer 2020 The Road to Pergamon
£12.00 / $15.69 / 115.10 TL
Other Highlights from Cornucopia 61
  • Emigré’s Escape

    In 1919 the Ukrainian artist Alexis Gritchenko fled Russia for Istanbul. Here he befriended Turkish artists and walked the streets, keeping a diary and making sketches, then applying ‘dynamos’ of colour. A new exhibition throws light on his stay in the city

  • The Road to Pergamon

    A shared fascination with the Roman Empire impelled Britain’s greatest photographer, Sir Donald McCullin, to join the writer Barnaby Rogerson on a foray to the Troad to capture Rome’s Aegean legacy


  • Norman Stone

    Roger Norman looks back over the life of the late historian and writer Norman Stone – always unconventional, sometimes difficult, frequently mischievous – who, after less-than-happy times teaching at Oxford and Cambridge and a stint as an adviser to Margaret Thatcher, chose to make his home in Turkey


  • ‘Health to the Body, Food to the Soul’

    Centuries ago, travellers to Turkey were amazed by a new, uplifting taste sensation: the sherbet, flowery or fruity, and served with ice. Berrin Torolsan traces the history of sherbets and the sorbets made from them, and serves up an irresistible array of cooling summery treats


  • Café Come Home

    Istanbul without coffee houses is a day without sun. It was here that they were born, and they are still as individual and interesting as their clientele. Savour them while you can, says Andrew Finkel. Photo essay by Monica Fritz

  • Vanishing Villages

    Can ingenious new ideas coupled with old country wisdom stave off the long-predicted death of the Anatolian village? We sent two keen conservationists to Turkey’s lake district. The writer Nicholas Haslam found reasons for hope. The photographer Paul Veysseyre captured the poignant beauty of its tumbledown houses



Good places to stay
Buy the issue
Issue 61, Summer 2020 The Road to Pergamon
£12.00 / $15.69 / 115.10 TL
More Reading
Related Destinations
Cornucopia Digital Subscription

The Digital Edition

Cornucopia has joined forces with the digital publishing platform Exact Editions to offer individual and institutional subscribers unlimited access to a searchable archive of fascinating back issues and every newly published issue. This brand new resource is available cross-platform on web, iOS and Android and offers a comprehensive search function, allowing the title’s cultural content to be delved into at the touch of a button.

Digital Subscription: £18.99 / $18.99 (1 year)

Subscribe now

Print subscribers automatically receive FREE access to the digital archive. If you are already a subscriber, please register at www.exacteditions.com/digital/cornucopia with your subscriber account number or contact subscriptions@cornucopia.net