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Tripe Soup from Turkey

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Tripe Soup My husband and I were wondering through the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, a few streets from the now infamous Taksim Sqaure. The multi-colored flags strung diagonally across the intersections and alleys waved calmly with the Bosphurous breeze. We came to this part of town on a tip from a friend. We were hunting […]

Balloons Over Cappadocia, Turkey

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Maybe you never should have trusted a hot air balloon company whose name translates as Balloon Balloons. Maybe you should have backed out when the sunrise tour became the brunch tour. “Everybody in the basket,” the mustached Turk claps his hands. You and your best friend beeline for the balloon, trying to get a “window” […]

Kars, The City Of Snow

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If someone asks you where one person can find mysticism, a secret place of peace in a land of snow, where you can find modern and old blend together just say her or him to go to Kars. The city of snow. The city of meadows as far as the eye can see. Kars is […]

Reasons to Spend This Christmas Season in Istanbul

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  Istanbul is probably not on the forefront of many peoples mind when it comes to a Christmas vacation destination, but give this post a read and I might just convince you otherwise.     Despite not celebrating the Christmas holiday  itself, Istanbul is still more than alive for the festive period. There’ll be decorations, […]

Turkey: Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival

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Turkey is a very popular tourist destination and flights are easy to arrange from almost any airport in the UK. Although much of the accommodation is all-inclusive and booked as a package it is perfectly simple to make your own arrangements, booking flights and accommodation separately. You can make some substantial savings this way and […]

Goreme Turkey: If You Look You’ll Find Yourself

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When I arrived in Goreme, for the first time, it was high summer. Nestled in the Anatolian heartland, Goreme was a traditional farming community like any other in Turkey except for its spectacular landscape. The arid countryside, already aged and yellowed over thousands of years, glared harshly under the heat of the day. My head […]

Turkey: Inside Out In Istanbul

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Lisa Morrow first came to Turkey in 1990, and over the course of more than 20 years has come to know the culture and its people well. She has visited and travelled throughout the country many times, and also lived in various cities and towns. She now resides permanently in Istanbul. A sociologist and writer, […]

Turkey: In the Sultan’s City

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This is an entry in the We Said Go Travel Writing Contest written by Lisa Morrow from Australia who lives now in Istanbul. Thanks for your entry Lisa! Riding an Istanbul ferry as it slowly crosses the Bosphorus is like being suspended in time. While the journey is short, I am instantly taken back to […]

Istanbul, the City that Straddles Two Continents

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This is an entry in the We Said Go Travel Writing Contest written by Jack Scott from England. Thanks for your entry Jack! No trip to Turkey is complete without tasting the wonders of Istanbul, entertainment, media, cultural and economic capital of Turkey with a population of 13.5 million (and counting). The political capital, Ankara, […]

Turkey: The Paradise on Earth

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This is an entry in the We Said Go Travel Writing Contest written by Shodiyakhon Toshkhujaeva from Uzbekistan. Thanks for your entry Shodiyakhon! I was a bit frightened when the plane took off: I shut my eyes. Plane was shaking bringing warm excitement and at the same time, fear of unexpected and unknown surprises to my […]