Tag Archives: Turkey

How to Plan Black Sea Trips

Odessa's Uspensky Monastery

The Black Sea is a fascinating but obscure travel destination, and its ancient shores do not find their way onto many travel itineraries — a shame, as it hosts some of the most intriguing cities in the region. Here’s a guide to show you how to plan Black Sea trips. But where to go? What […]

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August 31, 2012 by | 1 Comment

The Most Inspiring Hot Air Balloon Views

Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride

Traveling is all about opening our eyes to new cultures and there’s no better viewpoint than high in the sky. Surprisingly, hot air balloon rides are relatively inexpensive in most countries and the photographs we leave with are well worth the cost. From the historic sites of Luxor and Angkor Wat to the wild Australian […]

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June 25, 2012 by | 2 Comments

The Finest Festivals in Turkey

The Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival, which holds a Guinness World Record for the world’s longest-running sports competition, is held each year around the end of June in the town of Edirne, located on the triple border of Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria, about two hours’ drive from Istanbul. The grappling lasts for a week, but grunting […]

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June 1, 2012 by | Comments Off on The Finest Festivals in Turkey

Team Europe Update: Ryan & Asha in Istanbul

Istanbul belly dance show

The fun continues! Last time we checked in, Ryan and Asha were in Vienna enjoying music and ferris wheel rides. Next they traveled to Istanbul to tour beautiful mosques and make new Turkish friends. Read on to see what they did during their five days in Istanbul…

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May 30, 2012 by | Comments Off on Team Europe Update: Ryan & Asha in Istanbul

Exploring the History and Culture of the Turkish Coast

Ephesus Turkey

For those who do not see beyond Istanbul when they look towards Turkey as a travel destination, please realize that the Turkish coasts, especially the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, are cluttered with world class destinations at a price that is unheard of this close to Europe. Here are a few choice places along the Aegean […]

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April 25, 2012 by | 2 Comments

10 Weird, Cool, Quirky Things to Do Around the World

Sedlec Ossuary

The beauty of travel is finding those unexpected gems–the places, the festivals, the moments–that translate beyond travel and leave a lasting impression. Traveling and exploring new places doesn’t mean people have to make the obligatory stops at the historic churches, national museums, and cookie-cutter hotel rooms. How about visiting a church with an interior constructed […]

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March 22, 2012 by | 9 Comments

Visiting a Turkish Hammam in Istanbul

It was my first visit to Turkey, to Istanbul. I had been to a hammam before, and places claiming to be hammams, but this was the real deal. Visiting a a Turkish Hammam in Istanbul where people have been bathing for over 500 years. It was my first visit to Turkey, to Istanbul. I had […]

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March 11, 2012 by | 11 Comments

5 Can’t-Miss Destinations in Eastern Europe

Interesting houses along one of the many winding roads in Veliko Tarnovo - photo courtesy of aneye4apicture via Flickr

Move over Spain. Beat it, Italy. There’s some competition over in Europe these days. While Spain, Italy, France and the rest of Western Europe will always remain as some of the best spots for European holidays, Eastern Europe is picking up steam and grabbing the hearts of travelers around the world.

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November 17, 2011 by | Comments Off on 5 Can’t-Miss Destinations in Eastern Europe

Highlights of UNESCO’s Latest World Heritage Inscriptions

Inside the Sanctuary of San Michele in Italy - photo courtesy of g.sighele via Creative Commons

Lots of travel fanatics automatically draw circles around every UNESCO World Heritage Site in their travel guides, as inclusion on their list is a near-guarantee for cultural importance and stunning beauty. UNESCO’s list expanded with 25 new listings in July, creating a total of 936 sites, so there is a lot to choose from. As […]

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October 6, 2011 by | Comments Off on Highlights of UNESCO’s Latest World Heritage Inscriptions