Istanbul

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern of Istanbul and the Heads of Medusa

I walked down 55 stone steps, sensing dampness in the air when I reached the bottom and the Basilica cistern. The only sounds were whispers from tourists and the odd drip of water. A shop stand was in the far left corner and they beckoned me over. For a small amount of Turkish lira, I […]

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French Street in Istanbul

My desire to find French street in Istanbul started when I read an article that described it as French influence in Turkey. The equivalent of China town in New York. I imagined a chance to experience two cultures within one destination. My interest had spiked. The nearest insight I have gained of France was passing […]

Mediterranean Coast of Turkey

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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The Blue Cave of Meis

My excitement of being inside the Blue Cave was probably heightened due to the fact that as I set out on the path that led me there, I had never heard of the cave and had no idea of the pure beauty of Mother Nature that I was about to witness with my very own […]

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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Göksu Waterfall : A Rush of Adrenaline and Euphoria

The guide said it was a gentle stroll to Göksu waterfall. “It will only take an hour,” he said Sounded good, I thought. Göksu waterfall is described as a beautiful and natural landmark of the Black sea region so I was desperate to see it. However, I soon learned that when it came to defining […]

South -East Region of Turkey

Turkey Travel Pictures

Gaziantep Castle : Remembering the Veterans

I have always had a love of castles but it is nothing to do with fairytale princesses. They just remind me of my childhood. I grew up in the UK city of Nottingham and spent many weekends at the castle acting out stories about Robin Hood and the wicked sheriff. Therefore, it was no surprise […]

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Mesopotamian Ruins of Dara Near the Syrian Border

The ancient ruins of Dara do not often appear in tourism brochures of Turkey despite their importance in the historical world. The city was a strong fortress for the Romans and one of the most populated areas in ancient Mesopotamia. In recent times, the blame for non recognition is probably because it is near the […]

Cappadocia

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A Gorgeous Cave Hotel in Cappadocia

My long-suffering husband says I am every hotelier’s worst nightmare. I am not a habitual complainer but am critical of everything from the décor to the cleaning to the staff attitude. As soon as I enter a hotel, I start thinking, “What would I do if this were my business?” I am not sure why […]

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 […]

Aegean coast

Venosa Beach Resort

Venosa Beach Resort and Spa

I recently got the opportunity to have a full guided tour of a 5 star luxury resort and spa. Now,  considering how nosy I am, it did not take me two seconds to scream “yes, I am coming”.  I am talking about the Venosa Beach Resort and Spa that opened it’s doors in May of […]

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Animals at Izmir Zoo and Wildlife Park

Zoo animals are a great way to get behind the lens of a camera and practice your photography skills while traveling. In my last article, I discussed my reason for visiting Izmir Zoo and Wildlife Park and that was to answer if  animals  should be kept in zoos? However I did not realize until I […]

Turkish Culture and Traditions

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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

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The Colourful Greek Island of Meis

The Greek island of Meis is colourful, quiet and full of bizarre locals. The one reason why I went there was simply because I was not forced into doing it. You see, when I first came to Turkey, visa runs across to any Greek island were a necessity. Many expats did it and still do […]

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Expats in Turkey : Love Them Or Hate Them

A search term on expats lead a reader to my blog this week and it has prompted me to write this post.  The search term used to find my blog was “mental health of expats in Turkey”. I was intrigued as to why someone was asking this. Had they been traveling around Turkey and come […]

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20 Black and White Pictures of Turkey

This post is my favorite black and white pictures of Turkey. Readers who have been to my blog before will know that I have an obsession with photo editing programs and I am always taking a photo and manipulating it in any way possible. The latest trend that I seem to be heading for is […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Gulet Cruising on Turkish coastline

How to Prepare for a Gulet Cruise in Turkey

Sitting on the balcony of my hotel room in hilly Kalkan, I stared at the panoramic view of the bay. The sun was slipping down behind the horizon and while I fully appreciated the amazing landscape view in front of me, my thoughts were still firmly focused on memories of my last week on a […]

Kalkan Turkey

9 of the Best Things to Do in Kalkan

For many decades, the small town of Kalkan was hardly mentioned in mainstream publications. Other Turkish destinations like cosmopolitan Bodrum or historical Istanbul gained admiration instead. That was until the turn of the century, when the small village attracted attention and respect from outside entities. Why you Should go to Kalkan Travel companies, magazines, and […]

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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 […]

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High On Life, High on Savings : Adventuring in Authentic Turkey For Less

Istanbul is one of Turkey’s great cities and a gateway to the East. Steeped in history, it attracts thousands of visitors every week but it’s not the only touristic destination that can offer thrills and spills for less. Sure, you’ll be able to lounge by the pool or on the sands, but if you look […]

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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 […]

Yalikavak marina

5 Things to Do in Yalikavak : From An Insider

Having travelled to Yalikavak many times, it is now, my favourite holiday destination in Turkey. With much to admire, this beautiful seaside resort, is popular with foreign and Turkish tourists. There are five reasons in particular why I keep going back, and this article also serves as a good guide for first time visitors to […]

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Turkish Tourist Visa Changes

Update : Since this post was published, Turkey has now introduced the e-visa system. Please see here for further details Old Article follows on from here Changes to the Turkish tourist Visa system in the recent month, has left many people bewildered and confused. A quick clarification for you. It was recently announced that any […]

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is the one man who you are going to see everywhere you go in Turkey. Displayed on the Turkish money, on flags and in shops, and offices, you will also see a statue of him in every town. It jogged my memory to tell you, as I was out the other day […]

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Çöp Sis Kebabs : Are They Garbage?

When I first came to Turkey, one dish that I wholeheartedly indulged in was Shish kebabs. It was a safe choice. Large chunks of meat, with peppers and onions, were placed on a skewer and grilled. Simple and not too much of a culture shock for my palate that was so used to British food. […]