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Beyazıt Mh., 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Soon after conquering Constantinople and defeating the Byzantines in 1453, Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II commissioned the beginnings of the Grand Bazaar to reinvigorate trade with the city. More than 550 years later, the bazaar is one of the oldest...
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Atatürk Mh., Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Uğur Mumcu Sevgi Yolu, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
The grand Library of Celsus in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus.
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Aydinli Mah., Yavuz Sok. No:1, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
When you travel to the Cappadocia region of Turkey you have to stay in a cave hotel. Sleeping in a room carved out of the area’s ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations is inherently cool. When you realize that your room is also literally cool—even in the...
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Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34410 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
A city as ancient as Istanbul has many layers of history, and you’ll have to go below the surface to see the Basilica Cistern, the largest of the underground cisterns. Built in the sixth century for the Byzantine emperor Justinian, the...
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Cankurtaran Mh., 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
If these walls could talk they’d recite plans for military campaigns and tales of love, lust and betrayal that make this former residence and imperial seat of the Ottoman Empire so intriguing. Walk the dazzling tile-and-mosaic-lined...
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Taksim Square is at the heart of the Beyoglu neighborhood; the pedestrian-only Istiklal Caddesi, its main artery, ends here at the square. You'll also find Gezi Park and a monument to the Turkish Republic. Crowds come here to shop, dine, see and...
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Emirsultan Mahallesi, Emir Sultan Cami, 16360 Yıldırım/Bursa, Turkey
The Whirling Dervish Lodge in Bursa puts on a nightly spiritual performance that gets you back to the basics of why the whirling dervishes exist. This is no 'show' for tourists, this is a spiritual event and service. I felt lucky that they allowed...
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High above the side streets of Taksim, on the rooftop of an old building, Araf Bar streams out world music and Balkan beats with live performances and DJs every night of the week. If you're used to dancing to 4/4 beats of western music, then you...
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Middle East
Cleopatra bathed in the Antique Pool at Hierapolis--before a great earthquake knocked several pillars into the pool. Fed by natural spring, the warm water is said to have healing qualities. My kids and I enjoyed the bubbles; they stick to skin and...
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Istanbul, Turkey
One morning outside Sultanahmet I saw what I believe to be a suffi. He looked somewhat like a Turkish version of Santa Claus (which was odd because it was late December), but I don't really know what else he would be with that beard.
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Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
At the north end of the Galata Bridge, and just before the start of the seafood market, stands a small kiosk where a man grills mackerel filets for sandwiches. A few shakes of spices, some salad, a squeeze of lemon, and you're on your way to the...
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Mandraki, Kastellorizo 851 11, Greece
Kastelorizo is a small island that can be accessed by ferry from Rhodes or Kaş, Turkey. Once we arrived in the city center, we jumped in a water taxi and about 15 minutes later we swam through a small opening in the rocky hill. The water was...
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Abbasağa Mahallesi, Mumcu Bakkal Sok. No:5, 34353 Beşiktaş/İstanbul - Avrupa, Turkey
I have been hearing about the wonder that is breakfast at Besiktas Kaymakci aka Pando Kaymak for years. Everything you read about this place says it's worth the trip and every bit as good as you have heard. Here is another one of those posts. It...
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Andifli Mahallesi, Yeni Cami Cd. No:10, 07580 Kaş/Antalya, Turkey
Kaş is the perfect nook in the Antalya region that isn't infested with tourists, albeit foreign ones anyway. One can wander among Hellenistic temples, Lycian tombs, or shop for white linens and glass sculptures. The White House hostel is welcoming...
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Fethiye, Muğla Province, Turkey
It was an incredible experience sailing from Fethiye to Olympos in Turkey. Waking up to beautiful oceans and coves, and jumping in the waters. Visiting charming port towns and ancient ruins. All while enjoying fresh home cooked meals and sleeping...
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Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, İstiklal Cad. Suriye Pasajı 166/C, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Immerse yourself in clothes, shoes, bags, costumes, and accessories of bygone eras at By Retro in Suriye Passage, off Istiklal Street. This expansive basement shop is a wondrous labyrinth of vintage and retro treasures that feels more like a big...
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Kahta, Adıyaman, Turkey
Climbing what seemed like endless stairs in the cold and dark early morning, I asked myself more than once, if it was worth it. However, after reaching the top and watching the sunrise I turned around and see the sunrise reflected off of the...
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Atatürk Mh., Acarlar Mahallesi, Atatürk Mah. Yedi Uyuyanlar Mevki, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
In a town called Selcuk, not to far from Ephasus, is a Turkish cuisine restaurant called the The Yavuz’un Yeri. There are so many little things that make dining here a unique experience. The gypsy inspired indoor/outdoor atmosphere is very...
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Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Şehbender Sok. No:3, Ivy Masjid Quarter, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
In the neighborhood of Asmalımescit near Tünel, you’ll find Babylon, a popular club with a capacity for 450 people and pumping sounds. The club's state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, mixed with its rustic Byzantine-style backdrop, makes it...
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Güneşli Mahallesi, 520/1. Sk. No.13, 35270 Konak/İzmir, Turkey
The first time I saw lokma I was walking along the seaside promenade that runs the length of İzmir. It was my first weekend in İzmir and I looking for a place to get brunch. When I first spotted the golden donuts, dripping in syrup, my grumbling...
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Sille Parsana Mh., Şht. Bilal İpek Sk., 42250 Selçuklu/Konya, Turkey
Beyti is kebap (most likely lamb) wrapped in lavash (a thin tortilla) then crisped on the outside and splashed with parsley, red pepper and crushed pistachios. Dip it in creamy yogurt and you'll have a true taste of scrumptious Turkish cuisine. I...
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Kastellorizo 851 11, Greece
We had to lie down all the way on the floor of our tiny boat to allow it to pass through the narrow entrance of the Blue Cave. When we were clear to stand up again the scene was totally breathtaking. Nothing but blue...
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Asmalımescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No:99, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
A cultural hub for Turkish and international art, Istanbul Modern opened in 2004 as a permanent home for the contemporary Istanbul Biennial. The 8,000-square-foot warehouse sits along the Bosphorus next to the Golden Horn, a historically important...
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Fener Balat Mah. Fener Kirechanesi Sok. No:12, Balat Mahallesi, 34087 İstanbul/Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
It's easy to stick to the historic core of Istanbul because there is so much to see. But an adventure out of the city to Balat is worth the time. Took us a while, but we finally found the core of this old Jewish sector with its colorful wooden...
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Geyre Mahallesi, 09385 Karacasu/Aydın, Turkey
I never get tired of ruins and in an ancient Greco-Roman City like Aphrodisias, it’s pretty hard not to get absorbed into the lost world that once worshipped the mythical Goddess of Love – Aphrodite. Located about 150 kilometres east (inland) of...
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Cankurtaran Mh., Soğuk Çeşme Sk. No:3, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
I spent two weeks in Istanbul sampling as much local cuisine as I could, but with a city so vast you will need a year to try it all! But I must say that personally, my favorite gozleme (which I like to call a Turkish grilled cheese) was at the...
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Şar Mahallesi, 1. Cadde No:517, 47100 Artuklu/Mardin, Turkey
Cercis Murat Konağı, or Cercis Murat Mansion, offers a simply delightful dining experience. Though it's more pricey than most places in the region, it is not to be missed. Start with a tray of appetizers, served as a scoop in deep metal spoons....
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To feed a curiosity about the origins of civilization, we decided to take a journey back in time to find an ancient archaeological site called Mt. Nemrut in eastern Turkey we once read about in National Geographic. Our journey started in Istanbul...
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Tahtakale Mh., Hasırcılar Cd. No:89, 34116 Eminönü/Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
If you enjoy international tastes, you aren't any stranger to baklava and this traditional treat in Istanbul is NOT to be missed. In the back alleys of Eminonu, you'll find Develi where they make the most spectacular baklava, NEVER with honey, by...
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Kınık Mahallesi, Fethiye Karayolu, 07970 Kalkan/Kaş/Antalya, Turkey
By far one of the most fascinating remains of early Anatolian History is that of the Lycian culture. Lycian tombs vary from the rock-cut to pillar to the sarcophagus. This particular tomb is a hybrid of the pillar and rock-cut tomb. The sheer size...
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Ürgüp, Nevşehir, Turkey
When a tough rocks sits on top of softer rock, the softer stuff eventually erodes away, leaving, sometimes, a teepee looking formation which is technically called a hoodoo. In Cappadocia, these structures are called Fairy Chimneys or Rock...
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If you ever find yourself hungry in Tashkent and want a wonderful sit-down dining experience, go to The Caravan. The food is classic Uzbek: Lagman, Norin, Beshbarmak, and Manti, and it is very good. But the dining experience at Caravan goes beyond...
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Eshoni-Pir 63 street, Bukhara 200118, Buxoro 200118, Uzbekistan
If you are in dire need of some fresh salad in Uzbekistan, Minzifa is the place to go. You can enjoy a plate of beet salad and a beer on top of the roof terrace while watching the sun set over the landscape of the Bukhara skyline.
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K. Rzaev Street, Nukus 230100, Uzbekistan
Remote Nukus, Uzbekistan is the unlikely home to the second largest and most significant collection of Russian avant-garde in the world. Housed in the Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art, the Savitsky Collection was named after I.V. Savitsky,...
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
One of my favourite aspects of traveling is the food! In Kyrgyzstan some may joke the main food groups are meat, grease and as little veggies as possible. But after you're here a while you start to realize that if you want to be pleasantly...
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Kayaköy, Kayaköy Mahallesi, 48300 Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey
Most people explore the Mediterranean by boat via it's beautiful blue waters, however it is also possible to explore this area by foot via the Lycian Way. This 500km hiking trail in southwestern Turkey connects Fethiye in the west with southwest...