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Close to the Iraqi Border, İshak Paşa Sarayı is Truly on the Edge Pashas, sultans, belly dancers, Scheherazade, and visions of 1001 Arabian Nights danced in my head as we headed to this palace in the farthest reaches of Eastern Turkey. The İshak Paşa Sarayı is just not a place many people go. It’s located tucked up […]
One day we were on a road trip in Eastern Turkey and we had the most amazing experience. This was an experience that we could never have planned or would have ever expected to have, one that will stay with me forever and ever. Sheep, Sheep, and more Sheep!
In 2014, Bursa and Cumalikizik were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Bursa is the fourth largest city in Turkey and has for centuries been a center of trade. It was well-established on ancient trade routes trading, especially known as a center for Chinese silk; eventually some wily tradesment conspired to acquire some silk […]
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That’s some serious bull! Along with the melting of the snow, the green pastures of the yayla (high pastures) bring a sense of excitement to the isolated people of the Kaçkar mountains. It is a time for picnics and festivals. In Artvin, nestled high over the Çoruh River, the end of June, beginning of July is the Kafkisor […]
Living in Turkey provided us with so many cultural and once in a lifetime opportunities like swimming to a castle or watching the oil wrestling matches, and we were itching for another. The Turks love roses, anything with roses in it, and we found out that we live, breathe, and as it turns out, eat […]
Troy – A dusty archaeological site with a fantastic story! Located on a strip of land with strategic advantages for controlling the Dardanelles Straits in northeastern Turkey, Troy is one of the most famous archaeological sites of all time. Why is it famous you might ask? Because of the war between the Greeks and the […]
Could the first organized religion be found on a small hill in Southern Turkey? The first time we visited Göbekli Tepe, we drove through the dust from Şanliurfa, a Muslim pilgrimage site where Abraham was born and killed. Even though the roads are paved, the barren landscape cannot hold back the wind, which can be […]
The Silk Road…camels, caravans, bandits, and adventure! Growing up, I devoured stories about the camel caravans and the merchants that traveled the Silk Road. I fell in love with the idea that these caravans were constantly moving, winding their way through unknown territories. It’s no wonder that I grew up loving to travel, to experience […]
Turkish breakfast or “kahvaltı” is a great way to get your day started and it’s tasty, too! There are so many good things about Turkish breakfast. Many of the foods are staples in the Turkish kitchen: bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, yogurt, eggs, olives, honey, jam, and sometimes meat. Turkish bread is amazing. Years ago, the […]