Istanbul

Istanbul street art

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 […]

Shops grand bazaar Istanbul

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Castle inn of Cappadocia

I Want to Live in This Hotel : The Castle Inn of Cappadocia

Sometimes the most unexpected and delightful events occur if we are willing to step outside of our comfort zone. A perfect example is what happened to me on my last visit to Cappadocia. On every visit to the region, I always book hotels in Goreme, Urgup or Uchisar. However Suat, an online acquaintance of two […]

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Goreme Open Air Museum – Did The Guidebook Lie?

I am a realistic person. I don’t expect everything to be perfect or suitable to my tastes. It was the second day of my holiday in Goreme, Cappadocia and everything felt right. The food was delicious, hotel was clean and the people were friendly. That is when I started getting, warning bells. You see, there […]

Turkish Culture and Traditions

Turkish Bath Experience

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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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 […]

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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South -East Region of Turkey

Latest Articles From Turkey

Mobile Internet Access

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 […]

Heads of Mount Nemrut

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 […]

Prettiest Places to Visit in Turkey

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 […]

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 […]

Skyline with the tower

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 […]

Laodicea in Turkey. A church of Revelation

Laodicea & the Seven Churches of Revelation

To achieve my goal of visiting every village, town and city of Turkey, I broke this bucket list down into smaller goals based on either on geographical layouts or themes. One theme is to visit the Seven Churches of Revelation mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible, which are all in the Aegean region […]

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 […]

Castle inn of Cappadocia

I Want to Live in This Hotel : The Castle Inn of Cappadocia

Sometimes the most unexpected and delightful events occur if we are willing to step outside of our comfort zone. A perfect example is what happened to me on my last visit to Cappadocia. On every visit to the region, I always book hotels in Goreme, Urgup or Uchisar. However Suat, an online acquaintance of two […]

meaning of life

Why I Came To Turkey & the Reason I am Still Here

Throughout my whole life, I had a burning question that could never be answered. I wanted to know what the point of my existence was. What was the meaning of life? Refusing to believe that I was just put on this earth to eat, sleep, shit, work, clean and then do it all again the […]

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, […]

Reasons to visit Bodrum

Reasons Why You Should Visit Bodrum

Turkey is one of the most appealing destinations in Europe because of the wonderful mix of its rich culture and breath-taking sceneries. It also has some of the most enticing package holidays thanks to the wide range of those natural and cultural attractions. One of the centers of the country’s tourist industry and a must-visit […]

Turkish pide fast food

Making Turkish Pide for the World on a Plate Challenge

Last week, I came across Expedia’s World on a Plate Challenge. It sounded interesting. Every month they feature a different country and bloggers participate by cooking a dish from that country.  For the month of April, the country they are promoting is Turkey. Yay! I was hesitant to take part though.  I don’t cook and […]

Kas

Kas : Mediterranean Delight in Turkey

Kas is everything that a typical Mediterranean seaside resort in Turkey should be.  White washed houses cascade down the winding mountain roads to show the way to beautiful beaches and a harbor that reminds you that  life is in fact quite good and while in Kas, the best thing to do is to adapt quickly […]