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.
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!