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Turkey

August - September 2013

Turkey - Europe, Asia, Middle East - all of the above? We are very excited to visit Turkey and have 4 great places booked, after much discussion with fellow travellers:

  • Cappadocia
  • Cesme
  • Oludeniz
  • Istanbul

Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The Mediterranean Sea is to the south; the Aegean Sea is to the west; and the Black Sea is to the north. It is more than 1,600 kilometres (1,000 mi) long and 800 km (500 mi) wide, with a roughly rectangular shape.

Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance.


February 2016

Josh headed back for the World Tourism Forum and enjoyed a week in Istanbul. 


  • 52 Amazing Pictures That Will Convince You To Visit Istanbul

    52 Amazing Pictures That Will Convince You To Visit Istanbul

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    Istanbul is precipitously perched between east and west. At the convergence of cultures, continents and empires. Turkey been the home to over a dozen empires over the last 4000 years, including Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. Every dynasty has left its lasting mark creating a melting pot of religions, food, and architecture. That’s what makes Istanbul so beautiful.

  • We Found Little Britain In Oludeniz, Turkey

    We Found Little Britain In Oludeniz, Turkey

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    If our previous stay in Alacati was the hidden gem that only locals know, then Oludeniz is the unhidden gem that all the British know about. I don’t think we’ve seen so many folks from the UK (outside Australia), than in this one town. Blimey!

  • On The Hunt For Truly Turkish Food

    On The Hunt For Truly Turkish Food

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    When it comes to food, Turkey has a similar style to Israel so by getting familiar with our post from Israel you will have a good head start. However, as Turkey is literally at the crossroads of East and West, it also sports more international cuisine.

  • Top 5 Essential Destinations In Istanbul

    Top 5 Essential Destinations In Istanbul

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    Istanbul is a vibrant city with too much to do in a short amount of time. Our 5 days in Istanbul was simply not enough, no surprises there. But what we did manage to pack into a few days in Istanbul were all highlights for us.

  • 2-Day Whirlwind Tour of Cappadocia, Turkey: Day 2

    2-Day Whirlwind Tour of Cappadocia, Turkey: Day 2

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    The 2nd day of our tour through Cappadocia including the famous Goreme Open Air Museum, a magic ice-cream show, panoramic views, yummy Turkish lunch, the beauty of rugs & a viagra market. Join us in this nature wonderland.

  • 2-Day Whirlwind Tour of Cappadocia, Turkey: Day 1

    2-Day Whirlwind Tour of Cappadocia, Turkey: Day 1

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    The reputation of Cappadocia, Turkey as one of this planet’s most beautiful regions is not without merit. Here is day 1 of our tour through nature's wonderland. Including Imagination Valley, Hermit Valley, Underground Cities, Ceramic Art & one big bloody toe.

  • You Won’t Want To Miss One Sunrise at Taskonaklar, Cappadocia

    You Won’t Want To Miss One Sunrise at Taskonaklar, Cappadocia

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    During our trip to Turkey, we had the pleasure of staying at the fabulous Taskonaklar Hotel for 3 nights, nestled in Ucister, the highest point in the region of Cappadocia. Home to dozens and dozens of hot air balloons silently floating in the clear sky at sunrise & a remarkable castle. This is truly classic Cappadocia.

  • Cappadocia Changed My Mind About Living In A Cave

    Cappadocia Changed My Mind About Living In A Cave

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    Bear cave? Bat cave? Cavemen? Any preconceived ideas on caves will be blown out of the water. There are no animals, semi-humanoid species or superheroes in these caves, but you may find Russell Crowe or TWB.

  • Turkey’s Cover Up: Where Is This One Town Only Locals Know About?

    Turkey’s Cover Up: Where Is This One Town Only Locals Know About?

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    Nestled close to the Aegean cost in western Turkey is the small town of Alacati. Just 20 minutes east of Cesme and about an hour west of Izmir, it is perfectly positioned for beach and sunshine, as well as boundless in rich culture, endless shopping options and exquisite cuisine. Ever heard of it?

  • Gettin’ High in Cappadocia: Hot Air Ballooning in Turkey

    Gettin’ High in Cappadocia: Hot Air Ballooning in Turkey

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    All I could hear was the gentle breeze softly whispering past the hot air balloon and the occasional whoosh of the flame filling the ballon, as we soared on smooth streams of air. The warm sun breached the nearby plateau casting a warm, encompassing glow over the insanely picturesque valley below. Holy cow!