Tag Archive: Turkey

Ephesus: The Temple of Artemis & The House of Mary

Fun Fact: Did you know the Turkish province of Izmir was home to Homer (of Iliad and Odyssey fame)? Actually, many cities have claimed Homer’s citizenship, but evidence favors Smyrna – what we… Continue reading

Ephesus, Turkey: Details of an Ancient City

Marble streets. The third largest library in the ancient world. The most well-preserved Greco-Roman amphitheater today. These are just some of the treasures you’ll find in the ancient city of Ephesus.    … Continue reading

Ephesus, Turkey: Walking an Ancient City

You’ve probably heard the expression “streets of gold,” but have you ever heard “streets of marble?” I have. I’ve seen them too. In the ancient city of Efes Örenyeri (the Ephesus Archaeological Site),… Continue reading

Pamukkale, Turkey & its Hierapolis

Pamukkale   /puh-moo-kuh-lay/ City in Turkey’s Denizli Province. Translates into English as “Cotton Castle,” from the Turkish portmanteau of pamuk (cotton) + kale (castle) Pamukkale is one of those under-the-radar destinations that isn’t… Continue reading

Cappadocia, Turkey: Göreme Open Air Museum

Be honest: Do you think “Göreme Open Air Museum” is a bit of a bland name for an archaeologically significant piece of history on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites? Yes, it is actually an… Continue reading

Cappadocia: Fairy Chimneys & Other Photogenic Rocks

If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen at least one or two photos of the spectacular backdrop behind myriad hot-air balloons at sunrise – most often in a particular, desert-like area in Turkey.… Continue reading

Cappadocia, Turkey: Kaymaklı & Göreme

This crisp, rainy, Anatolian morning, we’ll have to stoop down to get through cave tunnels carved into the subterranean rock of Kaymaklı Yeraltı Şehri – Kaymaklı Underground City. Watch your head! I just… Continue reading

Cappadocia: Hot-air Ballooning

It’s a rare day I’m up before daybreak. It’s an even rarer day I voluntarily expose myself to the cold; being an island girl, I’m literally not built for it (or so I… Continue reading

Cappadocia, Turkey

Kapadokya, Türkiye (a.k.a. Cappadocia, Turkey) is most often associated with hot-air balloons and fairy chimneys. While this is a fine claim to fame, there is more to the Turkish heartland.     At… Continue reading

Istanbul, Turkey

Can you imagine living in a city that straddles both Europe and Asia? Picture commuting to work on a different continent by simply taking a ferry or driving across a bridge. Residents of… Continue reading

The Real Turkish Delight

I’m at Pasaport Kontrolü (Passport Control) in Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, patiently answering questions from the immigration officer…while also observing that said officer’s colleague, seated beside him in the very same kiosk, has already… Continue reading

Istanbul: The Grand Bazaar & The Bosphorus

Efficient porters deftly weave through the crowds, bearing trays of hot, caffeinated goodness. It’s always a good time for çay, Turkish tea, or Türk kahvesi, Turkish coffee. Shop after shop, stall after stall,… Continue reading

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque & Basilica Cistern

Say “Istanbul” to a group of travelers, and they’ll often reminisce about vastly different experiences. One person might marvel at a city residing on two continents: Europe to the west and Asia to… Continue reading

Istanbul: Topkapı Palace and Its Harem

Istanbul may not have nearly as many palaces as Germany has along the Rhine, but you can still ramble about the city and inadvertently stumble upon a royal residence. A palace in the… Continue reading