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A-Z April Challenge – Eric

Surely I mean Erice on Sicily? I have indeed been to the picturesque hill town in Italy but no I absolutely mean a place called Eric, even though I have never actually set foot in the place. Let me explain…….

Whilst travelling east through Turkey on the Doğu Ekspresi train en route to a place called Erzurum just inside the Kurdish part of the country, we stopped at a number of small stations once the sun had come up.

As is my usual pleasure on such overnight journeys, I spent a few hours in the restaurant car having a leisurely breakfast and watching the country slip by as we sped on through.

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The train pulled into a small station with yellow buildings. Nothing remarkable about that. As we were about to pull out however I noticed the name of the place where a couple of passengers alighted. Delightfully it was named Eric, a name synonymous in the West as an old-fashioned male name, forever associated in the UK with the legendary comedian Eric Morecambe.

I just had time to grab my camera as we pulled away to take a rather dodgy photograph that at least recorded the fact that I had indeed ‘visited’ a place called Eric!

As I chuckled to myself, I sincerely hoped that the next station would be called Ernie in homage to the superb comedic double act of Morecambe & Wise. It was not of course, but to me anyway Erzincan will forever now be known as Ernie!

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5 comments

  1. I’m not sure if my comment took (I hate how wordpress won’t allow you to post via blogger). But I like the interest of the places like this we find when traveling via train.

    http://www.sagecoveredhills.blogspot.com

  2. As an avid train traveler, it is interesting the little towns that we find ourselves in and in which we wonder about. Good post.

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  3. What a name Eric is. I had an uncle called Eric and I’ve worked with a couple. Eric Morcambe I agree, but what of Eric Sykes?
    My favourite Eric of all, though, is Eric the Half a Bee, immortalised by the Monty Python team – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlrsqGal64w

    Keith Channing A-Zing from http://keithkreates.com

    1. The link didn’t work but I read the lyrics – barkingly funny as usual. Sykes was also a legend – used to love Sykes with him and Hattie plus of course The Plank….

  4. Nice post. There is a place in California called Eric but apparently no one lives there!
    My favourite Eric is from the TV series Bonanza. Not a lot of people know that Eric was the real name of Hoss Cartwright!

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