Istanbul

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8 Unusual and Cool Things to do in Istanbul

Istanbul, an iconic city and the most popular tourist destination in Turkey, has immense dignity and pride. The cultural infusion of various communities, modern influences, traditional values and its historical timeline makes it hard for me to ignore the bustling metropolis, hence I will visit whenever possible. Most travel publications have detailed articles about things […]

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Grand Bazaar of Istanbul : Photos & Shopping Guide

The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is not your average shopping mall. Shopkeepers are not shy about letting you know  they want your money and will do their best to get it. Sixty streets covered with thousand of shops is not easy going and can be overwhelming especially if you are not used to crowds. On […]

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I Love Istanbul : Here Are 4 Reasons Why

Istanbul has for a long time, been the heart and soul of Turkey. Boasting of more than 14 million official residents, the city is the only one in the world that spans two continents; Europe and Asia. I love Istanbul and admit to a major addiction for this characteristic destination. Occasionally I meet people who […]

Istanbul Airport Transfers

How to Get From Ataturk Airport to Istanbul City Centre

Istanbul is the top visited destination in Turkey. So imagine the millions of foreign tourists that it receives every year! There are two airports in Istanbul but Ataturk airport is the busiest and most tourists will arrive via that route. Transport from the airport to hotels or the city centre is easy, because there are […]

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Cappadocia

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Loving Old Cavusin & the Church of Saint John

Cavusin, in the Cappadocia region of Turkey is rarely featured in travel articles. If it does appear, it garners a couple of sentences before the author talks about other more well-known places such as Goreme, the transport and accommodation hub. For this reason, even though, I had been to Cappadocia twice before, I had never […]

Ancient Church of Goreme Open Air museum in Cappadocia Turkey

5 Years Later : The Goreme Open Air Museum

I first visited the Goreme Open Air Museum of Cappadocia in 2010 and my write-up was neither kind nor full of praise. I accused the guidebook of incorrect information and my exact words to describe the historical UNESCO World Heritage site were… “Goreme Open Air Museum is 13 cave churches that all look the same. […]

Avanos Cappadocia

Avanos : Cappadocia’s Pottery Hub & a Hair Museum

(Post updated May 2015 ) I have previously written about Avanos. It is a small town in the Cappadocia region of Turkey and on my first visit, I was not impressed. I wrote… “Avanos reminded me of the Wild West films showing deserted streets while playing an eerie whistling tune. I looked up and down […]

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The Abandoned Village and Old Churches of Soganli Valley

I was not expecting much from Soganli Valley. In guidebooks, the likes of Ihlara or Pigeon Valley overshadow its presence. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised. Sitting off the beaten path in the Cappadocia region, the pigeon houses carved into the rock fairy chimneys, and ancient cave churches promoted a surreal appearance but I was mostly […]

Turkish Culture and Traditions

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The Turkish Bath Experience

The Turkish bath experience usually appears on every list recommending things to do while in Turkey. It is not one of my favorite activities but because this is a travel blog, it needs mentioning. A lot of 5 star hotels in Turkey have a Turkish bath included in the spa section of their hotel. On […]

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Turkish Culture – A Guide to Social Traditions

One thing you will soon realize when visiting Turkey is part of the Turkish culture involves being very sociable. Turkish people love to meet new friends and think nothing of spending half the day talking to a complete stranger while putting the world to rights. People who come  from countries that are reserved may be […]

Mediterranean Coast of Turkey

Kayakoy

The Ghost Village Of Kayakoy

Kayakoy ghost village lies a short distance from the bustling and popular resorts of Fethiye and Olu Deniz. It is deserted, it is lifeless, the houses are crumbling and the streets are empty. However, there is an aura and an overwhelming presence that hovers over the village. Some visitors might not sense it, but I […]

Butterfly-Valley

Butterfly Valley

I handed my fare over to the taxi boat captain and sat down on the wooden seat bench breathing a great sigh of relief. In retrospect, my plans for that day were not complicated. I just wanted to catch the taxi boat from the beach at Olu Deniz to the well-known landmark of Butterfly Valley, […]

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Pamukkale Thermal pools Turkey

Visiting Pamukkale: Turkey’s Most Popular Tourist Attraction

It has always surprised me that this blog has been live since 2010 and no one has pointed out that I’ve never mentioned Turkey’s biggest attraction and most beautiful landmark, Pamukkale; the UNESCO World Heritage site nicknamed “Cotton Castle” because of its white calcium thermal pools that have solidified on the side of a hill. […]

Ancient Ephesus Gate of Mazaeus

Ephesus – Turkey’s Greatest Ancient Ruins and City

The colourful timeline of Turkey’s history means that the country is awash with historical sites dating from many civilizations. Out of all of them, the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus are probably the most well-known, attracting thousands of visitors every day. Ephesus is to Turkey what the pyramids are to Egypt or the […]

Black Sea Region of Turkey

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The Gorgeous Ayder Plateau of North East Turkey

Sitting on the foothills of the Kaçkar mountains, the gorgeous green Ayder plateau is one place in Turkey that captured my full attention. Numerous Turkish friends had told me about its beauty and simplicity, but I did not realize the plateau would leave me with an overwhelming urge to return. It is in the north-east […]

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Open for Business : Don’t Cancel Your Turkish Holiday

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Is it Safe to Travel to Turkey?

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Options for Mobile Internet Access in Turkey

For most people, a major concern when they come to Turkey is how to stay connected to the Internet. We are addicted to it and most of our daily lives require it, whether this is to chat with friends on Facebook, upload photos online, use maps, or gain access to mobile apps. Many people activate […]

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5 Historical Places in Turkey That Everyone Should Visit

Turkey sits on the edge of ancient Mesopotamia, that is often referred to as the birthplace of civilization, so it is not a surprise that many empires have conquered, ruled and lost their reign of the region. The extensive list of rulers includes the Ottomans, Byzantine, Hittites, Lycians, Alexander the Great and the Persians but […]

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14 Places To Visit in Turkey in 2015

Repeatedly called the bridge between East and West, I often say Turkey is the most beautiful place in the world. However, I admit to being biased because I don’t travel anywhere else. To find someone, who has also travelled extensively throughout Turkey is a conversation delight and Tayce from Bridge of The World Travel was […]

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Eight Things to Do on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul

Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul is a busy street. Everything happens on there and if you are taking a city break, it is wise to spend at least a day exploring this street and all the side alleys leading off it. On my last two winter visits to Istanbul, both of my hotels have been based […]

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Turkish Men & Your Holiday Romance

Readers : I wrote this post over three years ago. All of it still applies and I stand by what I have written. However you may also be interested in my latest post regarding Turkish men called “My Turkish Love Letter” (November 2013) Turkish Men and Holiday Romances Turkish Men are once again causing heartache […]

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14 Famous Landmarks of Istanbul

Istanbul is a huge city with thousands of landmarks. Most of them are historic buildings dating back hundreds of years, especially to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empire. Some landmarks are more famous than others are, but all serve one common purpose as an identifiable object on the horizon. Here are my 14  favourite postcard style […]

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Shopping in Turkey : Ten Souvenirs To Buy

When I am travelling around Turkey, I don’t normally pick up souvenirs. This is purely because it is easier not to. Carrying them around not only adds weight to the luggage but most of the time, I am also on a budget. The only souvenirs, I take back are the pictures on my camera. This […]

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Dolmabahce Palace : Last Historic Days of the Ottoman Empire

Out of all the sites to see in Istanbul, the most intriguing has to be the grand and impressive Dolmabahce Palace. Home to the last six sultans of the abolished Ottoman Empire; it portrays everything that was right and wrong about their rule and reign for over 600 years. While it is easy to be […]

Floating restaurants of Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge : The Happening Place to Be

For the thousands of people who catch cheap flights to Turkey and head to the impressive city of Istanbul, the first question that is often on their mind is “Where are the happening places to head to?” This slang term is also always at the front of my mind, no matter where in Turkey I […]

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Galata Tower and a 360-Degree View of Istanbul

Exploring the bustling city of Istanbul is a great experience but to see it from up high is something completely different. In my opinion, the best place to do this is Galata tower, a landmark that dominates the skyline. Six years ago, I went to the tower to attend a Turkish show at nighttime. I […]

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It’s Time to Meditate!

You might think meditation doesn’t play a part in Turkish society but look deeply and it is found in many traditions and customs. The tespi (prayer) beads, typically used by old men who sit all day in tea houses, are a counting tool to help the mind connect to its higher religious purpose. Likewise, the […]

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The Traveler’s Guide to Building the Ultimate First Aid Kit

This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on August 28th 2015 Whether you’re building libraries in Zambia or adventuring around Madrid, any trip warrants a first aid kit. While it’s hardly the sexiest of travel topics, having basic first aid items on hand can mean the difference between a minor inconvenience […]

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How to Pack Light For Any Trip, Anywhere

This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on August 25th 2015. No one would prefer lugging four suitcases through the airport over picking up a backpack and whistling past the baggage claim. But that doesn’t mean packing light is an easy feat. Develop a strategy for packing light, and you’re much […]

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Saklikent Gorge : The Hidden City of Turkey

“Blog Post Type: Cities Less Traveled” My visit to Saklikent Gorge preys on my mind as a big travel mistake. I had read about it before in guidebooks, that called the 300 meter-high and 18 kilometer-long canyon, one of the deepest in the world; hence its name translates into hidden city. The formation of the […]

Cavusin Cappadocia Turkey

Loving Old Cavusin & the Church of Saint John

Cavusin, in the Cappadocia region of Turkey is rarely featured in travel articles. If it does appear, it garners a couple of sentences before the author talks about other more well-known places such as Goreme, the transport and accommodation hub. For this reason, even though, I had been to Cappadocia twice before, I had never […]

Ancient Church of Goreme Open Air museum in Cappadocia Turkey

5 Years Later : The Goreme Open Air Museum

I first visited the Goreme Open Air Museum of Cappadocia in 2010 and my write-up was neither kind nor full of praise. I accused the guidebook of incorrect information and my exact words to describe the historical UNESCO World Heritage site were… “Goreme Open Air Museum is 13 cave churches that all look the same. […]

Cirali

Seeking out Secluded Beaches of South-West Turkey

Jessie is an avid traveller who visits Turkey every year. She has visited many destinations within the country, but prefers the Mediterranean coast, mainly because she is a fan of beaches. However the problem with a beautiful beach is that it does not stay secluded for long, especially in the height of summer, when the […]

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Going Local : 7 Holiday Resorts around Bodrum

“Blog Post Type: Cities Less Traveled” Bodrum on the Aegean coast of Turkey attracts rich and famous celebrities, budget holidaymakers, solo travellers and white collar Turks from the big cities. Infact it appeals to everyone and this is evident from its reputation as one of the most popular tourism destinations in the country. Credit can […]

Mount Tahtali in Antalya

Three Dreamlike Places to Visit in Antalya

Blog Post Type: Cities Less Traveled Antalya, the second most popular holiday destination in Turkey and a cosmopolitan hub for many nationalities, has a never-ending source of attractions and places to visit for tourists.  Including historical sites, natural landscapes of beauty, shopping opportunities, sailing expeditions and art fests, choosing what to do first is a […]

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Visiting Pamukkale: Turkey’s Most Popular Tourist Attraction

It has always surprised me that this blog has been live since 2010 and no one has pointed out that I’ve never mentioned Turkey’s biggest attraction and most beautiful landmark, Pamukkale; the UNESCO World Heritage site nicknamed “Cotton Castle” because of its white calcium thermal pools that have solidified on the side of a hill. […]