18.7.11

"Just a whisper, I hear it in my ghost"


Hiro and I spent our anniversary evening traipsing around a ghost village at sunset. Personally I think this may be the most romantic thing that we have ever done.


Abandoned places get our pulses racing, our imaginations firing and stirs a curious mix of disquiet and excitement within our guts. Hiro and I despaired at the garish and frankly tawdry resorts in this part of Turkey and so it was with much relish that we ventured into the abandoned "ghost village" of Kayakoy and we were not disappointed.





Kayakoy was once known as Levissi or Karmylissos and was a thriving vibrant community of around 3,000 Christian Greeks. I can imagine the village bustling with charm on it's hill top perch but there is a sad tale that haunts this hillside and seems to have played it's hand in the demise of the village thrice in the history of things.


Kayakoy stands on the site of the ancient city Carmylessus that was ravaged by an an earthquake in 1856 and then by a great fire in 1885. This misfortune didn't prevent the ever resourceful Greeks from settling here once more.


After the Greco-Turkish war, a "population exchange agreement" between the two countries was enforced in 1923 and so the Greeks were systematically flushed from their homes. The Turkish farmers had no use for the hilltop homes of their once neighbours and so the village was left abandoned with only sadness and an inevitable sense of loss clinging to the crumbling walls.


Nature has laid her claim on the abandoned village and she is thriving in the debris. Trees grow where families once slept. Thorns bite at your ankles as you pass through gaping doorways. The sun dashes through the cobbled alleys and peeks through the myriad of cracks.


The sheer vastness of this site is staggering. I felt emotions stirring as I saw crooked row upon row of roofless homes. Fragments of paint, broken stone ovens forever cold, forgotten memories, like skeletons laid bare on the hilltop.


But Kayokoy is stirring at the edges. Adventurous pioneers are setting up life here once again and now there is a small smattering of creatively positioned restaurants and bars, craft stalls and even a few ambitious houses that incorporate the original walls into their builds. Kayakoy now has a special place in my heart.



Credits:
Thank you Hiro for the amazing photos.
Black silk playsuit from Kookai

Orange leather sandals from Office.
Kimono style inspired shrug from ASOS.

22 comments:

  1. Ooooo it looks enchanting...spoooky...& a little lost but beautiful.

    I love your curly hair and the jump suit

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  2. These photos are truly truly amazing they're actually breathtaking I could look at them all day!

    Gorgeous outfit too the kimono is so elegant

    Sarah
    http://fashionismyh2o.blogspot.com/
    xx

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  3. <3!! Amazing photos!
    I love how unique your adventures are and how you and Hiro wow us with your amazing photos and words!

    And I adore your Kimono! xxx

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  4. you know what? i finally figured it out...you & Hiro like to go to abandoned places to get your history & freak on...your more twisted then i think!!!...LOL btw is the last picture of a Grecian goddess ghost...gorgie!

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  5. this place is incredibly beautiful and so are you mademoiselle.

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  6. These pictures are haunting & I'm very surprised you were able to walk around there. You look beautiful in your 'play dress'.

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  7. Super fascinating and gorgeous pictures to boot!!

    Love, love, love your outfit btw!!

    ~xoxo

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  8. What an absolutely beautiful place! My ex and I visited similar sites in Greece... but we didn't get to explore as much as you and Hiro did here and we didn't take nearly as amazing pictures haha. I really enjoyed my time over there though, and would love to visit Europe again. I was constantly in awe of the history of the place. It's just really something you don't get here in the US.

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  9. Its so eerie, but at the same time beautiful!! And I love the print and color of that shrug!

    <3 Kelly

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  10. Indeed hauntingly beautiful. You bring it wonderfully to life. Xxxx

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  11. OH MY GOD. This is like my dream place to visit now! I can't put into words how much I want to go there.

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  12. the photos are amazingly beautiful!! i especially love the last photo you in it...it looks like an ad for a Vogue magazine!! You looked absolutely beautiful :D

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  13. Oh my, that place looks crazy fun. It looks so cool it almost looks fake! Thanks for visiting,

    sophia

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  14. Reading your blog is like reading a fairytale. ^^

    The photos are amazing! Like the usual! But I must say that the village looks a bit scary.... such a huge place, yet it's empty and deserted.

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  15. thanks for bringing me to this enchanting site for a tour! i love the idea of traveling with you without making a move (i mean physically)

    Thanks HIRO for the beautiful shots that bring us close to the real thing

    I'm determined to get hold of that serum that reviewers commented as HG!

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  16. love that japanese pattern kimono-ish outfit!

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  17. wow, these shots are amazing! and you look gorgeous!
    xx

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  18. Amazing pictures - love your outfits.
    x

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  19. creepy yet captivating....you always take us to the most interesting places on your adventures!

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  20. ops. i pressed post too quickly. I'm loving your asos kimono inspired wrapped, sooooo pretty!

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  21. its somewhat scary and at the same time mystical. ever wonder where does the people from there go? did they mixed up with other Greeks?

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