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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20 Pictures From the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul

The Topkapi palace of Istanbul, Turkey can be either a photographers dream or an absolute nightmare. Built in 1478, when the city was called Constantinople, the former home of the Ottoman sultans is a mass of courtyards, rooms, and elaborate décor. It did at one stage, when still in use, become a mini city so […]

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Mediterranean Coast of Turkey

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Photo Post: Reasons to Visit Fethiye on the Med Coast of Turkey

Fethiye on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey is surprisingly adorable even though it is jam packed with British expats and tourists.  They obviously have good reasons to flock there in the thousands and a British newspaper called The Guardian named it as a top tourist spot in the world. Especially people looking for discount rates […]

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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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Black Sea Region of Turkey

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Sumela Monastery and the Black Madonna

Clinging to the side of a mountain in the green and lush area of Maçka  is Sumela monastery, which was built in the fourth century.  I had joined a tour and traveled from the nearby city of Trabzon to visit the iconic building. We drove as far as possible and walked the last two hundred […]

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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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South -East Region of Turkey

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Gaziantep Culinary Museum : Southeast Cuisine of Turkey

The Gaziantep Culinary Museum is set in an old house down a cobbled side street.  I entered a small courtyard and looked around at the two storey building. First impressions were not to expect too much yet it was the most comprehensive museum I have ever visited. Perhaps it was so interesting because of my […]

Medresesi

Kasimiye Medresesi in Mardin : An Old Islamic School

Kasimiye Medresesi stands on the outskirts of old Mardin. Overlooking the flat Mesopotamia plains, it was completed in 1502 and considering its age, is in remarkable condition. It was a short walk downhill to reach it. No traffic passed and the large wooden door was locked when we arrived. We waited for the key holder […]

Cappadocia

Cappadocia

20 Beautiful Pictures of Cappadocia

Lately I have been breaking off from my Cappadocia posts to write about other thoughts and my recent Bodrum trip. However last night, I started looking through photos so I can put  together my last posts on the amazing region of Cappadocia. Cappadocia had such an profound impact on me and visiting the area kicked […]

Where to stay in Cappadocia

Where To Stay in Cappadocia

I received an email from a reader who was asking where to stay in Cappadocia… D wrote… “I was wondering, which town should I make my base? Goreme, Urgup, Uchisar, or…? Which would be the most quaint (for lack of a better word) town to stay, although, I would love to see all 3 towns […]

Aegean coast

Drive from Altinkum to Akkoy

Exploring the Aegean Coast of Turkey

The Aegean coast of Turkey stretches from the North near Istanbul, down the coastline to the boundaries of Marmaris. Also known as the west coast, the attractive small resorts dotted along the coastline, were previously fishing villages, and now are popular tourist destinations. They are ideal for independent travel, although due to mass tourism in […]

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Sevgi Plaji – The Beach of Love and Hate

Turks have a habit of naming places, with a direct translation that means something. For example, the bustling holiday resort of “Marmaris” means “hang the architect” in reference to an Ottoman sultan, Suleyman the magnificent who in 1522, ordered a new fortress to be built and was totally disgusted at the finished result. Likewise, Altinkum […]

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 … [More]

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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 … [More]

Latest Articles From Turkey

I love Istanbul

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 […]

Prettiest Places to Visit in Turkey

14 Beautiful 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 […]

Flower passage on Istiklal avenue

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 […]

Hagia Sophia of Istanbul

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 […]

Turkish souvenirs

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 […]

Gardens of Dolmabahce palace

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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6 Suggestions of Food to Eat in Istanbul

With its mixture of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences and its bountiful fresh produce, it’s no surprise that Istanbul has established itself as a mecca for foodies from across the globe. From tender, perfectly spiced kebabs to indulgent sweet pastries, the diversity of potential food to eat is mind boggling. This popular vacation spot is […]

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The Sunken Ruins of Kekova

Visit the Mediterranean resorts of Kas and Kalkan and it will instantly be obvious that every local travel agent is selling boat trips to the sunken ruins of Kekova. Facing the historical village of Simena (Kalekoy), the sunken ruins receive little attention in mainstream travel guides, yet during the height of summer, I estimate that […]

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Apollo Temple in Didyma (Altinkum)

The Temple Of Apollo in Didyma, Turkey is a major landmark for the surrounding touristic resorts of Altinkum and Didim.  It is on the Aegean coast and receives thousands of travelers and tourists every year. In historic times the area was referred to as Didyma and even today signs of Greek history are everywhere. This is […]

Istanbul Airport Transfers

Getting from Ataturk Airport to Istanbul City Centre or your Hotel

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 […]

Camping site in Turkey

4 Caravan and Camping Sites in Turkey

Turkey boasts of a colourful historical timeline, Mediterranean and desert climate, plenty of sun, sea, and sand, nomadic passion, and great cuisine. Therefore camping in Turkey could be a popular travel genre but sadly the Turkish government has never actively promoted this  tourism opportunity to the outside world. Therefore, if you plan on spending your […]

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Independent Travel vs Guided Tours: Which Is the Best Way to see Turkey?

Such is the diversity of Turkey; its general appearance to the outside world can differ in many ways, mainly depending on nationalities. I am no longer surprised to receive e-mails from readers in countries like Australia or America, who plan to visit Turkey  but are hesitant about travelling independently and question if they should they […]

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James Bond and Film Production in Turkey

Over the years, Istanbul has lured many foreign film production teams, by offering them unique locations to create an orientalist atmosphere that Western audiences love to see on the big screen. This includes Ian Fleming’s, charismatic and dare-devil agent 007, who on his quest to fight evil is often led into the chaotic environment of […]

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Simena Castle Ruins and a Stunning View

I had been to Simena before. In 2010, while touring the southwest coast. It is a pretty and traditional village screaming of simplicity and I wanted to explore and find out more. Unfortunately, I was with a sea kayaking group of whom no-one wanted to see Simena castle. Inevitable I had to go with the […]