Turkey

Turkey is like a second home to us, living there for over four years. We traveled the country extensively and have written it up just for you. Start planning your trip to Turkey today.

What to do in Cappadocia?

What to do in Cappadocia.

Cappadocia, with its fairy chimneys and Turkish charm, is an unbeatable destination. We’ve got everything you want to do in Cappadocia and more.

A Caravanserai Along the Silk Road

caravanserai

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 new cultures, and to be on the move…always on the move. Living in and traveling extensively through Turkey, I could easily imagine the caravans making their way across the barren steppes.  Even today, caravanserais are speckled throughout Anatolia and still welcome travelers on the road. No, they no longer set up camp in the courtyard, but these modern day visitors might still take a meal and watch some entertainment. What is a Caravanserai? Basically, …

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A Beautiful Boat Ride on Lake Van Visiting Surprising Akdamar Island, Turkey

Akdamar Turkey

Lake Van, in eastern Turkey, hosts stunning scenery, a great boat ride, four islands, and an Armenian cathedral turned museum. It’s well worth the visit. Summer is the best time to vist the Lake Van area of Turkey. It’s elevation is about 5,400 feet, so it’s dry and can be quite cold most parts of the year. In June, the flowers are popping everywhere and the trees and ground are much greener than later in the summer. One of the most fun things to do is to take a quick 20 minute boat ride to Akdamar Island to visit the old Armenian Cathedral, and hike around the island for the day. It’s got a beautiful beach, fantastic walking trails, and …

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A Stunning, Cold Sunrise on Nemrut Mountain, Turkey

A small site in the Anti-Taurus mountains, the tumulus at Nemrut Dagi is supposedly at its best either at sunrise or sunset.  Since we missed the sunset, we chose to rise early and watch the sunrise.  Honestly, I’m not sure what the allure of going to the top of a mountain at sunrise is, but this seems to be a common theme all around the world…one I usually could have done without, and this is one of those examples. Nemrut Dagi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, is a small site that hosts the tomb of a little known king from the little known kingdom of Kommegene.  King Antiochos I (69-36 B.C.) is buried here, although no one has excavated …

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Troy – The World Heritage Site That Almost Wasn’t

Troy World Heritage Site

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 Spartans to release the beauty Helen from her captives.  One person, Heinrich Schliemann, was obsessed with the story, possessed with finding Troy, and he and the city are forever intertwined with hope, romance, gold, scandal, and triumph. In the mid to late 1800s, Heinrich Schliemann became world famous for sticking to his beliefs, using grit and determination (and maybe some untruths) to uncover and prove …

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