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Inspiring Istanbul

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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 culture fusion. Having visited most countries in Europe and as a resident of Asia I clearly see how this city has...

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Turkish Delights with Flotours, Part 4

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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 Turkish people and creator of the modern republic. A hero of the Gallipoli campaign in WWI, Ataturk quickly rose to...

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Turkish Delights with Flotours, Part 3

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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, depositing minerals from natural hot springs above. The Romans built a spa here, a place to heal in the calcium-rich...

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Turkish Delights with Flotours, Part 2

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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 fact that this city used to be on the waterfront: silting and sedimentation have moved the coastline miles...

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Turkish Delights with Flotours, Part 1

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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 treat to nibble on. I was recently offered my first taste of Turkey at the LA Times Travel Expo in Long Beach,...

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Constantinople, not Istanbul

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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 all wrong – you can go back this ancient city.     Basilica Cistern One place is a...

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A Turkish Experience

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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 ($80-$150/night; +90 384 353 54 13) led me to the top of the grand old Turkish village of Mustafapasa in...

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Gazientep, Turkey

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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 watching me. A man wearing a woolly hat and yellow Wellington boots smiled at me and said some words while...

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Foods to Taste in Turkey

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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 food and dining magazines, she is also a skilled and knowledgeable cook, and over the weeks that followed my...

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Gobekli Tepe, Turkey

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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 Gobekli Tepe was built by hunter-gatherers somewhere in the period 7500BC – 9500BC, which means this site is...

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Legendary Turkey Tour Only $1095

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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 to say about their experience. Yes, you will see it all and I imagine this great deal is being made to help encourage people to return to Turkey in light the demonstrations at Gezi Park. If you are one of those still on the fence about travel to Turkey consider reading this...

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Cooling Down in Gezi Park

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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: tourists strolled around with shopping bags, the policemen stationed in the area joked around with shop owners, and the antique tram that starts in Taksim and runs down Istakal Street, which was nowhere to be seen in the early weeks of June, was running normally. The only obvious...

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Turkey’s Top Beaches

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Turkey’s Top Beaches

Bask Like Cleopatra at Turkey’s Top Beaches This Summer For The Sun-Kissed Glow of History’s Most Revered Beauty NEW YORK, NY (May 28, 2013) – Sun-seekers following the footsteps of timeless beauty, Cleopatra, can visit Turkey’s top beaches to bathe in the same turquoise waters, coves and coastal enclaves where the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt fell in love with Mark Antony more than two centuries ago. Tan at a Turkey’s beaches like Cleopatra But visitors can get more than the same tanned complexion as Cleopatra when...

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Fly to Turkey for $749

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Fly to Turkey for $749

Turkish Airlines is making travel from Los Angeles to Istanbul more convenient – and affordable – than ever. Travelers who book their non-stop flight to Istanbul between June 15 and June 23, 2012 will receive a limited time fare of $749 (taxes and fees included). Customers who book their trips during this nine-day window must travel between October 20, 2012 and December 10, 2012. An historical city that bears the mark of countless cultures and empires, Istanbul brings with it beautiful beaches, undiscovered treasures, bustling bazaars and...

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Ataturk’s Memorial

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Ataturk’s Memorial

Ataturk’s Memorial in Ankara My father told me he would kill me if I ever joined the military. Out of fear – and philosophical issues – I never did. However, when I visit a place like Ataturk’s Memorial in the middle of Turkey’s capitol, Ankara, I can see the value in the force for revolution that creates change for the common good. The memorial uses clean, angular design, great views, marching soldiers, statues, dioramas, and recreations of the sounds of war to help to promote the importance of Turkey’s founding fathers, particularly...

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