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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 […]

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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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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 […]

Orthahisar in the Cappadocia area of Turkey

I was Wrong About Ortahisar

When I started this blog, my aim was to visit every village, town and city in Turkey. Perhaps I was drunk when I made this bucket list because it soon became clear to me; this goal was going to take a lifetime to complete and despite popular rumours, I have not won the lottery nor […]

Keslik Monastery Cappadocia Turkey

Was there a Spiritual Presence at Keslik Monastery?

Despite my vast knowledge about Turkey, I had never heard of Keslik Monastery until I signed up for a Blue Tour of Cappadocia with Bridge the World Travel. The Blue Tour didn’t exist on my last visit to the region but its aim is to satisfy repeat visitors, like myself who have already been to […]

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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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 […]

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The Grand Theatre of Ancient Ephesus

If I am entirely truthful, the Grand theatre of Ephesus is not my favourite place. I feel detest for this prominent structure of the ancient Greco-Roman city, because it was also the scene for gladiator and animal fights. I don’t want to pay homage to a place, where unnecessary death and pain reigned simply for […]

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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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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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 […]

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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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Off The Beaten Path in Istanbul

Blog Post Type: Cities Less Traveled If you have never been to Istanbul, I don’t recommend getting off the beaten path on your first visit, no matter how adventurous you are. To do so, you would miss all the magnificent attractions and landmarks of the Byzantine and Ottoman eras that Istanbul is famous for. If […]

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An Armchair Traveller’s History of Istanbul

From the first chapter, this book by writer and poet, Richard Tillinghast had me hooked. He is the second author; I have read who uses one of my favourite styles to portray the history of Turkey by combining interviews and research with a personal story. I also give respect where it is due because Richard […]

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8 of the Best Museums in Istanbul

#Blog Post Type: Summary of a City Guide I am a museum enthusiast. No matter where I go in Turkey, museums and ancient sites are always on my list of places to visit. This is a problem in the majestic and historic destination of Istanbul. After all, it’s the largest city in Turkey, which means […]

Sculpture at the Aphrodisias musuem in Turkey

Aphrodisias : The Lost City of Sculptures

Along with my personal guide, I had arrived in Aphrodisias, the city of sculptures, creativity, ancient ruins and a story of how it dominated one man’s life nearly 500 years after it fell into oblivion. Standing in the long hall of the museum, what I saw left me speechless. The hall had no windows, just […]

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Is Turkey Safe from Isis and Terrorism?

On Friday, an act of terrorism stunned people around the world. A gunman let rip on a Tunisian beach and since then traffic to this website has gone crazy. The daily amount of users, since the site went live in 2010, has never been so high. I often answer questions from readers about general safety […]

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 […]

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The Grand Theatre of Ancient Ephesus

If I am entirely truthful, the Grand theatre of Ephesus is not my favourite place. I feel detest for this prominent structure of the ancient Greco-Roman city, because it was also the scene for gladiator and animal fights. I don’t want to pay homage to a place, where unnecessary death and pain reigned simply for […]

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I had been to Ephesus twice yet wanted to return again, simply for one reason. They had opened up the Roman terrace houses to the public. I had listened with jealousy as other people described the extensive finds of pain-staking excavations and read with envy as other bloggers wrote about how much they enjoyed their […]

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The Magnificent and Majestic Celsus Library of Ephesus

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Your Guide to Attractions of the Sultanahmet District of Istanbul

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