Curzon didn’t travel to Turkey alone. The entourage also included frequent commenter Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace and a third comrade in arms (“3C”) . Below, some funny pictures and exerpts from the always amusing quotebook.
[Watching cement liberally applied on top of roof tiles...]
Dr. A. R. Wallace: That’s their solution to plugging a hole in the roof?
Curzon: You know what you don’t see a lot of here? Urban planning.
Curzon: I’d like to try some of that Raki (Turkish licorice-flavored liquor)
Dr. A. R. Wallace: Everything about Ataturk is so hagiographic. Even his fart’s smell like rosewater.
3C: From what period do you suppose this piece is at?
Curzon: I’d guess late Hittite…
(Looking at the fire extinguisher in the Anatolian Civilization Museum in Ankara)
Additionally, this was the name of the bus company we rode:
Cue sophomoric chuckle.