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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:...

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)....

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...

Touring Turkey

My trip spanned across Istanbul, Bursa, Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Antalya, Pamukkale, Kasdasi, and Canakkale before returning to Istanbul. I traveled through great attractions and history: Ephesus, Perge, Pergamon, and Troy, to name just a few. I met many people –...

The Green Mosque Reopens

Bursa, Turkey, was a surprise. I found plenty to do, including a bustling bazaar, impressive history and a charming, safe city about hour and a half outside of Istanbul. For those who visit Bursa -- especially if one is on a tour -- The Green Mosque (or in Turkish...

Thoughts on Turkey

It is my second day of a 15-day trip in Turkey with FLO-USA, a tour operator. As I have several writers already go on the FLO USA's trip for ITKT over the years, I have to admit, I was pretty excited about making the journey. After spending the day visiting the Hagia...

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