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Esbelli Sokak No.36, Esbelli Mahallesi, URGUP, 50400 Ürgüp/Nevşehir, Turkey
On our second day in Cappadocia, we rented a car and drove to some of the less frequented sites. It was late afternoon by the time we returned to Serinn House (a great boutique hotel). Since the car wasn't being returned until the morning, the...
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Göreme, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
The Butterfly Balloons van picks me up at 4:15 at my hotel and takes me to its office in Goreme where I pay my balance, am assigned to Pilot Mike, and eat a continental breakfast. I board my new assigned van with the others assigned to my balloon...
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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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Musaefendi Mahallesi, Ahmet Refik Cd., 50400 Ürgüp/Nevşehir, Turkey
Ziggy Cafe, a restaurant and store located a restored stone house, came highly recommended by my sister, other bloggers and travel guides. I like the relaxed vibe, stylish decor and terrace view of the rocky Cappadocia landscape, so I've returned...
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Tilkicik Mevkii, Bakan Caddesi, Yalıkavak Mahallesi, No:2 Yalikavak, 48430 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey
4Reasons bills itself as a hip, small, luxury boutique hotel. It is. My room (one of only 20) is a stylish, contemporary space with fresh flowers and a terrace view of the pool and bay beyond it. I fritter away the afternoon reading at the pool,...
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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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The sight of the Grand Castle of Selcuk on Ayasoluk hill draws me from Ephesus, through Selcuk, to the Basilica of St. John. The Basilica of St. John is equally as interesting as Ephesus for wandering, with 1/1000th of the madding crowd: I...
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Teşvikiye, Bronz Sk. D:no: 4, 34367 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey
My windows open up to a view of the blue Bosphorus. My oversized suite oozes old-world charm while offering the modern conveniences of halogen lights, a television in the bathroom mirror, filtered tap water, and an iPod dock. The fixtures,...
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Alemdar Mh., Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34410 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
This cistern is thought to have been built after the Nika revolt in 532 AD. It was known as the Basilica Cistern during the Roman period. After the conquest of the city by the Ottoman Turks, it was forgotten and nobody knew that it existed. It was...
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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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Vişnezade Mahallesi, Dolmabahçe Cd., 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
This decadent palace, which overlooks the Bosphorus from the European side, holds great importance to Turkey. The late-19th-century sultans resided here and ruled the Ottoman Empire from here, and while the Turkish Republic's capital is in Ankara,...
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Hobyar Mahallesi, Ankara Cad Evren Çarşısı No:17 D:44, 34110 Sirkeci/Fatih/Fatih/İstanbul, 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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Yıldız Mh., 34349 Beşiktaş/Istanbul, Turkey
A nice location in Istanbul is Otakoy-stroll the local neighborhood and enjoy a mint tea and sheesha on the waterfront. Local fisherman bring in their catch and even toss the cats hanging around a few treats. In the evening, young couples walking...