Seeing images from the caves of Cappadocia to the hot air balloons in the sky. Istanbul
It is a place I have wondered if it is just as magical and strikingly diverse in landscape and culture as I imagine it to be. And the answer is Yes –in Real Life, it is as you imagine it to be.
So if you are contemplating whether to visit it, I want to share my Turkey experience with you through a collection of photos to tantalize your temptation to visit Turkey soon and other
From Istanbul’s view of the
Bosphorous Strait that separates the continents of Europe and Asia
To the beloved Mosques and Museums
Hagia Sofia – Basilica-turned-mosque-turned-museum
Inside Hagia Sofia
Inside the Blue Mosque
To Ankara, capital of Turkey visiting Anitkabir
Here you will learn about the history and the Founder and Father of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. I’m typically not a fan of museums but this place was impressive. It sets the foundation and understanding of the modernization of the Turkish Republic and you definitely come to appreciate and recognize why the Turkish have tremendous respect for this great leader.
To admiring the Fairy chimneys in Cappadocia from a Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Are you happy to see Friday?! Cappadocia is a mystical playground. These rock formations are shaped light years ago by erosion and volcanic activities. Some people call this the magic mushroom valley. Others view it as the love valley, as these fairy chimney is in the shape of some strikingly, well-endowed rock formations non? Hope you have all have an erotic or exotic 😉weekend!
To visiting Rumi’s mausoleum in Konya at the Mevlana Museum
Rumi is a famous
‘Respond to every call that excites your spirit.’
‘Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love, it will not lead you astray.’
‘Stop acting so small. You are the Universe in ecstatic motion.’
‘It’s your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you but no one can walk it for you.’
‘The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.’
‘Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise so I am changing myself.’
‘Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan the flames.’
‘Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.’
‘You have escaped the cage. Your wings are stretched out. Now fly.’
To Relaxing in Antalya
A beach town off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea
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A view of the Turkish Riviera. Antalya is a Mediterranean seaside town where you can relax on the beach, chase some waterfalls, wander through ancient ruins or my preference is to explore Kaleici, Antalya’s old town.✧ ✧Here you get to stroll through cobblestone streets and picturesque alleyways. You’ll find a ton of cute shops, cozy restaurants and charming cafes nestled in old Roman and Ottoman architecture. It’s a fantastic place to people watch, as you enjoy your Turkish coffee or fresh pressed pomegranate juice. It really is a Turkish delight!✧ ✧ Over to you, what do you enjoy doing when traveling.
To the cotton castle pools of Pamukkale
Go for a dip in the healing thermal pools
discovering the world heritage city of Safranbolu
This city is known for it’s Saffron and well-preserved Ottoman houses. Historically, this was an important stop for traders that traveled along the main East-West trade route. This is where I had my first taste of Turkish coffee and experience my first ever literal water closet.
marveling at the Roman ruins of Ephesus
And you can’t go to Turkey without:
Experiencing a Hammam
The Hammam is a Turkish bath. You’ll either love it or despise it. Be prepared to be scrubbed down and then washed and massaged by a stranger on your naked body in a marble steamed room. The baths are single sex so you can breathe a sigh of relief.
Tip: Wear a bikini bottom if it makes you feel more comfortable and if you don’t want to get you hair wet, wear a shower cap.
Wandering through a bazaar and find some treasures. The Turkish lanterns are intricately beautiful.
The Turkish are inviting, friendly and hospitable.
Is it safe to Travel to Turkey?
During the time I was in Turkey, I felt safe. But like anywhere you go, knowing a little about the country’s culture goes a long way in helping you to connect with people and blend in. So do your own research before you go, use your common sense, and take the same precautions as you would at home.
Some things to consider
What to pack: Turkey is a
Greeting Locals: When you meet the locals, observe and let them lead. Since Turkey is a more conservative country, it is best to act more socially reserved. Extend your hand to greet men when they initiate. Refrain from what you may be accustomed to. Hugging and greeting with
When I was first landed in Turkey, there were a couple of times men would greet me with hugs and kisses on the cheeks, and I was taken aback. I said to them, I thought this is inappropriate. And they replied, you are a foreigner and we are untraditional. It’s okay. My spidey senses kicked in, so I asked the receptionist at the hotel I was staying
Russians and many South Americans with an ordinary passport