I can’t do it all myself these days, so I’ve had traveler Staci Schwarz helping me with various admin stuff on my blog – thank you Staci! Recently she and her family took off from Iowa for a career break and are currently traveling the world. They just landed in Turkey and she did the […]
Things to do in Turkey
- Hike the Lycian Way – a 25-day way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya – and enjoy the challenge and beauty of this untouched ancient hiking trail.
- Explore the incredible diversity of neighborhoods in Istanbul.
- Experience the peaceful quiet of Cappadocia from hot air balloon heights or get a little dirty on a quad bike adventure through the jagged landscape.
- Charter a boat for a gloriously relaxing cruise around the Mediterranean aboard the Selin 3.
- Go underground and explore the otherworldly Basilica Cistern in Istanbul.
- Experience an entirely new level of clean at a hammam (Turkish bath).
- Attend a mesmerizing Whirling Dervish religious ceremony.
Hotels in Turkey :
- The strangest place I have ever stayed on my travels was in Istanbul.
- My little apartment Galata had me feeling like a visitor instead of a tourist.
Turkey Food :
- Wander the Turkish markets and get the insight on traditional culinary delights on a market tour in Istanbul.
- I did a little shopping for groceries on the “wrong side of town.”
- Partake in a delicious exploration of Turkish desserts that push your limits and get you to look at dessert in a new way!
Pictures of Turkey:
If you are mesmerized by images that capture the beauty of culture, history and architecture, you should whisk yourself right over here to my Turkey photo gallery.
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