Mansur Karakoç

Found in scenarios: Bazaars of Istanbul | Byzantine Istanbul | Istanbul Cuisine | Mimar Sinan Works | Time in Uskudar | Topkapi Palace | Istanbul Archaeology Museum | Bazaars of Istanbul | Byzantine Istanbul | Istanbul Archaeology Museum | Istanbul Cuisine | Mimar Sinan Works | Time in Uskudar | Topkapi Palace

Similar to many professional traveler friends of mine, I started traveling around while I was in my mother’s womb… My parents had resided in four different cities during 40 weeks of my course of genesis…

They had given me my name as an inspiration from Mevlana’s (Rumi) convent of whirling dervishes at Konya. My umbilical cord was cut on May 1963 in Ankara and they moved to Antalya where I learned swimming before even I took my first steps. I believe I swallowed some Mediterranean water together with milk and that probably made up my Mediterranean soul… (Thus a mixture of Turkish, Italian, Greek and Spanish style of living…)

I have started to talk when I was only 12 months old, most probably my first word was “go out”… I believe I carry some traces of Evliya Çelebi, some of Marco Polo and some of “The Fisherman of Halicarnassus in my genes. (wish I could test that…) When I was ten, I fled home to stroll around Ankara thus I believe this is one of the first clue that I’ll become a good traveler in future…

Thanks to me being prone to dance, music and performing arts during my high school years in Ankara, I started working as an member of animation team in tourism, which was very new profession for these days. In 80’s I took part as an actor in many of the plays at Ankara Halk Theater. (People’s Theatre of Ankara)

I completed my long years of education in different academic disciplines at Ankara. First I studied in Department of Mathematics at Middle East Technical University; then I studied at Faculty of Language, History and Geography at University of Ankara – where – I not only graduated from Italian Language and Literature but – I had plenty of credits enough to be graduated from different faculties such as History of Arts, Archeology, Ancient Greek and Latin literature. Since, being a “tour guide” is one of the best jobs where I can enjoy and use all benefits of my academic career, I started to guide adventure travelers and early visitors of Turkey in 1985.

Since ’85 I am working as a tour guide for foreigners mostly in English and in Italian, strolling through all around Turkey, Besides I am a specialized guide in Italy – where I feel like my second country-, France, Spain , Portugal, lately in India, Egypt, Morocco and so on…

As times goes by, I focused and specialized in several areas such as : Turkish Gastronomy, History of Art, Religious History and Christianity in Anatolia ; and Music in all kind.

Parallel to my career I acted as an executive producer-director and announcer of several radio shows at ”Açık Radio” and TRT (Turkish Radio Television). I am also a free lance writer and editor for different magazines, periodicals and specialized publications.

Today, being as a curious gourmet, amateur musician and untreatable traveler I consider the life as a continuous discovery, chasing after new experiences and knowledge and try to distribute and share my experience with other travelers…