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Alaçatı Belediyesi, 35930 Çeşme/İzmir, Turkey
We went to a great little surf town called Alacati. It was a glorious few days of relaxing and eating wonderful fresh food (mmmm the olives and cheese and veggies!). We hung out at the beach, just soaking in the sun and watching the surfers....
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Alaçatı Mahallesi, 3065. Sk. No:2, 35930 Çeşme/İzmir, Turkey
There is plenty of wind in Alaçatı to learn or explore wind and kite surfing. Kite surfing is easier to learn for those of us that know snowboarding or skateboarding. I've never tried windsurfing, but the classes were made up of all ages and...
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11, Ilıca Mahallesi, 5065. Sk., 35220 Çeşme/İzmir, Turkey
We used to live in Izmir, Turkey, and our favorite day trip out of the city was Ilica Beach in nearby Çesme. White sands, world-class windsurfing, and family-friendly waves made this a perfect weekend getaway with our kids. Only an hour outside of...
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no 835260, Konak Mahallesi, Anafartalar Cd., 35360 Konak/İzmir, Turkey
Izmir what's a real find. On a group tour of Western Turkey, the city was an overnight stopover between Troy and Ephesus. We wish we would've had more time there. This picture is of a quiet dock at dawn near our hotel in the center of the city....
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İskele Mahallesi, İskele Cd., 35430 Urla/İzmir, Turkey
Netted heaps of hope On modern marina machine ways out to the merry Mediterranean Maritime We gaze. Sweet white treasures of Ionian grapes Ready for the squish Turning effort into wine A masquerade of elegance And effervescence Architectural...
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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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Alacaatlı Mah., Alacaatlı Mahallesi, 3158. Cadde No:38 D:A-5, 06810 Çankaya/Ankara, Turkey
Macarons are my weakness, so when I stumbled upon Macarons d'Antoinette at Tepe Prime in Ankara, I felt my Achilles twitch. The crispy outside is pleasantly complimented by a generous serving of fluffy, fresh cream. With flavors from coffee to...
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Yeni Cami Mahallesi, İstiklal Cd. No:18, 50350 Ürgüp/Nevşehir, Turkey
Inside the Urgup City Hamam I'm instructed to undress (I've brought my swimsuit) in one of the changing rooms. My clothes are locked in a locker. Wrapped in a towel, I'm escorted to the bath area, a large common space surrounded by smaller shower...
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Aşağı Mahallesi, Gedik Sk. No:8, 50280 Uçhisar Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
While cave hotels are a dime a dozen in Cappadocia, the area of bizarre rock formations in central Turkey, Taskonaklar Boutique Hotel is a step above the rest, winning countless awards. Located in the hills of Uchisar, Taskonaklar has both cave...
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Kalkan Mahallesi, İskele Sk., 07960 Kaş/Antalya, Turkey
Stylish, secluded Likya Gardens is a hideaway amid the cliffs of Kalkan, a humble old fishing town on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. Each of the seven suites has its own pool and a patio set on stilts, offering views of a crystal-blue bay and brightly...
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Andifli Mahallesi, 07580 Kaş/Antalya, Turkey
Though this delicious fruit is a bit messy and complicated to eat, it's a pleasant summer treat. There are many vendors in Kaş marina who are happy to help peel away the cactus coating for the yummy flesh inside.
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Kastellorizo 851 11, Greece
Cannot believe that I will be back in Megisti (Kastellorizo) in less than a month! I can smell the salty sea, grilled octopus and ouzo from here...
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Kalkan Belediyesi, 07580 Kaş/Antalya, Turkey
I know...potatoes! But, I love that they have all this dirt on them and look so natural, unlike our potatoes in the States that are al so clean and polished up. My mom refers to this image as "the dirty spuds" shot.
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Kalkan Yalıboyu Mh. 3. Sk. No: 1, Kalkan Mahallesi, 07960 Kaş/Antalya, Turkey
I cannot imagine right now anything more satisfying than sitting on the rooftop of "Belgin's Kitchen" in Kalkan and watching the sun go down while sipping your ice cold beer and waiting for your manti to be served after a long hot day spent at the...
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Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
by Sylvia Kouvali The neighorhood’s best bakery is across the street from istanbul"Rodeo. They make goodlahmacun, something between an unrolled pita and a thin-crust pizza. Thepides, pizza-like baked breads, are also excellent.Lüleci Hendek Cd....
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Balat Mahallesi, Mürselpaşa Cd. No:10, 34087 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
My Local Guide Istanbul provides a unique tour of Istanbul's UNESCO World Heritage listed renovated and ruined Ottoman Houses. Walking amongst the locals was an experience in itself, with local kids curious to see us in their colourful community....
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Bereketzade Mahallesi, Galata Kulesi Sk., 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
The Galata Tower is one of Istanbul's most striking landmarks. The nine-story stone tower offers a panoramic vista of Old Istanbul and its environs. Save Galata for the end of the day, timing it so that you reach the top just in time for sunset...
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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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Gümüşsuyu Mahallesi, 34437 Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
Warm, fragrant, and filling, these borek are typical Turkish quick eats. They can be stuffed with either ground spiced meat (occasionally with black currents and/or pine nuts) or a cheese and parsley mix. They are enjoyed best fresh out of the...
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Caferağa Mahallesi, Güneşli Bahçe Sk. No:43, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul, Turkey
One day, I dragged my travel companions—a German, a Turk, and two New Yorkers—to Kadıköy, a neighborhood on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, to dine at Çiya. Everyone was cranky and hungry by the time we found it, but I...
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Istanbul, Turkey
We arrived in Istanbul with runny noses and foggy heads. Luckily we were introduced to Salep, a hot drink sold on the cheap from street vendors armed with steaming copper kettles. In addition to ingredients like milk, honey, and cream, ground...
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Sinanpaşa Mahallesi, Köyiçi Meydanı Sk., 34353 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
One of my favorite foods in Turkey (and there are many) is a serving of fresh kaymak clotted cream, drizzled with honey, and spread on bread. You can buy it in the supermarket or find it in some breakfast spots, but everyone's favorite is Pando in...
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Alemdar Mh., İncili Çavuş Sk. No:15, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
On arrival to Istanbul, many tourists order the chicken şiş (chicken kebab) for a meal because it's familiar and safe, but they're really missing out on some of the best food in the world! I encourage anyone visiting Turkey to gastro-travel...
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Çarşı Mahallesi, Kale Cd., 48400 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey
Mid June and already the temperatures are crazy hot with the mercury pushing 40 degrees (that's celcius). The town is full of tourists with very few beaches in the area so you'll have to jump on a bus to find nicer ones. This view of the town,...
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Kayaköy, Kayaköy Mahallesi, 48300 Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey
Somehow the place had a strange atmosphere. It was calm and silent, almost in a shocking way, compared to the hustle and bustle of Fethiye with its tacky souvenir shops and its noisy touristy restaurants. A few more steps and the hill on our left...
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Şirince, Şirince Mahallesi, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
Sirince is a small village, a short drive from the ruins of Ephesus. Overlooking Sirince is a lovely guest house called The Terrace Houses. It's run by a wonderful Turkish/English family. The weekend we stayed the youngest daughter was ably in...
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Zafer Mahallesi, Radovıs Cd. No:15, 35925 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
One of the best ways to learn about a location is to go shopping. Head to the local markets to get a feel for what life is really like in a location. As I was visiting Ephesus ruins in Turkey, I made a stop at the Saturday Selcuk Market and was...
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Atatürk Mh., 1054. Sokak, No:3, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
Hotel Akay, a family-owned and operated business in the leafy Turkish town of Selcuk, is an ideal base for travellers wishing to explore the ancient city of Ephesus. Travellers could stay in the larger tourist towns of Kusadasi and Izmir nearby,...
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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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Şirince, Şirince Mahallesi, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
Just a short drive away from Selçuk, the usual base of operations for visitors to Ephesus, the small town of Şirince is nestled in the green hills. In March, we found hardly any other travelers around town, and spent the day strolling around its...
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Atatürk Mh., St. Jean Cd. No:3, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
What's so fascinating about Turkey is its rich history (Greek, Roman, Ottoman, etc.)! Near the Aegean coast is one of the country's iconic images. Perhaps what stood out to me the most about this structure was that many of the men in ancient times...
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Turan Mahallesi, 1649. Sk. No:25, 35540 Bayraklı/İzmir, Turkey
Just outside the city of Izmir, heading towards the airport is a giant carving of the founder of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. It is impressive in its size and is well done. The only thing wrong here is that it isn't carved into the side of the...
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Alsancak Mahallesi, Ali Çetinkaya Blv 24/A-B, 35220 Konak/İzmir, Turkey
As both an avid traveler and a socially-conscious eater, I struggle with striking a balance between experiencing the local culture and sticking to my dietary values. İzmir is surprisingly vegetarian-friendly. Just about every restaurant has...
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The focal point of our trip to Turkey was visiting places of religious significance. The House of the Virgin Mary was by far one of the most serene places we visited. There is a sense of calmness in the air, a place of reverence, a place we would...