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Turkey travel stories

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Legendary Turkey Tour Only $1095

See Cappadocia with FLO USA Travel to Turkey I usually do not comment on travel news I receive. However, I have traveled with FLO USA, about a year and a half ago. So has several ITKT writers and several other friends. All, including me, have nothing but great things...

Cooling Down in Gezi Park

Gezi Park, Taksim Park Back to Normal So it seems that the demonstrations set off by Gezi Park are coming to a gradual, yet grudging, halt. The last two times I visited Taksim Square, the site of some of the heaviest protesting, things there were peaceful and calm:...

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