Inspiring Istanbul
Jul04

Inspiring Istanbul

A chill breeze makes me shudder as I sit atop a cruise boat sailing down the Bosporus River towards the Black Sea. The difference in architecture between the buildings on my left side and the buildings on my right side are truly remarkable. This is mainly due to the fact that on my right lies Asia and to my left lies Europe! Yes, Istanbul, the only city in the world to be located in two continents. Istanbul is the definition of a...

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Turkish Delights with Flotours, Part 4
Apr15

Turkish Delights with Flotours, Part 4

Day 8: Capadocia/Ankara While we were all sad to leave Capadocia, it was time to travel on to the capitol city of Ankara. Ataturk made this city the capitol in the 1920’s, in an attempt to draw more focus to the poorer, rural Eastern part of the country. Ankara is a modern city, recognizable as a capitol and very Western in general. Our first stop was to the mausoleum of the famous Mustaf Kemal Ataturk, beloved hero of the...

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Turkish Delights with Flotours, Part 3
Apr14

Turkish Delights with Flotours, Part 3

Day 5: Pamukkale/Antalya Waking early, we piled in to the bus, now our second home. A gorgeous sunrise welcomed us to a quick stop atop the Pammakule Necropolis, where we were able to see the sun rise behind the towering marble columns and stone archways. Perched atop a mountain overlooking the unearthly Pamakkule, which means “Cotton castle”, the snow white limestone cascade travertines flow over the mountainside,...

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Turkish Delights with Flotours, Part 2
Apr13

Turkish Delights with Flotours, Part 2

Day 2: Istanbul/Canakkale Our first major drive brought the group to Canakkale (cha-NOCK-a lay) via ferry boat across the Marmara Sea, where we visited the ancient ruins of Troy. Yes Troy, as in Helen of, the Horse, etc. It was amazing to see the location: there is an active dig going on, and considering there were nine versions of the city layered on top of one-another, it is quite a project. We marveled at the ongoing work, and the...

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Turkish Delights with Flotours, Part 1
Apr10

Turkish Delights with Flotours, Part 1

This is part 1 of a four-part review of a tour to Turkey with Flotours. Moreover, this is an older article that has been updated. While Turkey has been having some challenges of late it is still one of the most rewarding travel experiences I have ever had. — the editor — Turkish hospitality is world famous, and for good reason. The people of Turkey welcome visitors with open arms, a ready smile, and usually some sort of...

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Constantinople, not Istanbul
Aug09

Constantinople, not Istanbul

Today Istanbul’s a vibrant and modern city built on top an ancient past. What’s the past beneath, you ask? Maybe you remember these lyrics from the early days of rock’n’roll: Take me back to Constantinople No, you can’t go back to Constantinople Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople Why did Constantinople get the works? That’s nobody’s business but the Turks’ But these lyrics are...

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A Turkish Experience
Sep22

A Turkish Experience

Getting Turkish by Visiting Turkey I just cracked open my new Skyfall DVD and seeing Daniel Craig cycling across Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar conjured up memories of a top secret mission vacation The Media Guy recently took to Turkey. I needed to get it all down in writing so you can take a similar trip if you so choose. Only 13 hours from Los Angeles and eight hours from New York. Get to the Greek The winding road to the Upper Greek House...

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Gazientep, Turkey
Aug06

Gazientep, Turkey

Alternate black and white stones lined the windows of the Kurtulus Camii mosque in Gazientep. This was the most noticeable architectural feature I saw as I walked around the outer wall. I eventually found an open gate and walked through. There was a good view of the minaret in the late evening sun and I took a couple of pictures. As I looked at some further possible images through the viewfinder I gradually became aware of someone...

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Foods to Taste in Turkey
Jul31

Foods to Taste in Turkey

Foods to Taste in Turkey The Diversity of Turkish Food On one of my first nights in Istanbul, the mother of the child I was au pairing for told me an interesting piece of information, something I don’t think I would have guessed: that Turkish food stands among the five most diverse national cuisines in the world (the other four were Italian, French, Chinese, and Mexican). In addition to the being the owner of several Istanbul-based...

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Gobekli Tepe, Turkey
Jul30

Gobekli Tepe, Turkey

Gobekli Tepe is an unprepossessing archaeological site in Northern Mesopotamia – the area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. No postcards of the site are on sale and no guidebooks. Indeed, the gatekeeper has only one book for sale and that’s an English translation of the work by Klaus Schmidt that first alerted the world to his significant discovery in southern Turkey near the Syrian border. The archaeologists believe that...

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