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Suro Pogosov's Turkey Trip Story

Suro Pogosov's Turkey Trip Story

8/17/2019 Add Comment

A Wonderfull Trip From Suro Pogosov

Lont time did npt share any articles but Suro Pogosov send us amazing video and article. I think that it will help much for next visitors. I really like it and sure that you will like it too.

I want to share my experience regarding travel in Turkey. I went to Antalya region , in Göynük to be more specific. It takes about 1 hour and half from airport to Göynük. The town itself is small, but you can do a lot to make your trip memorable. Hotels are pretty good and take care on your entertainment. I want to say that sea is very clean and beautiful and every hotel has its own beach. There are many tours you can take. If you are in this town I recommend to go to Göynük Canyon. The place is really beautiful and you can do body rafting as well, which I found one of the best experience in my life. You’ll be given all the equipment you need. and price is very reasonable. If you are interested in underwater world you can try diving. It’s a whole day tour on yacht. You’ll be given instructions and instructor will take care of you under water. This is very cool experience. And one more thing you don’t need to know how to swim. There are tones of water sport activities you can try. If you want to have a mesmerizing view above the clouds go to the Olympos telefrik. This cable car takes you on the top of mountain from where you can see wonderful merger of seashore and mountains. If you are interested you can even do paragliding. When you are in Turkey you should see world’s one of the miracle-“Pamukale”. It’s so wonderful creature of nature. It takes about 4 hour from Göynük to Pamukale, but if you have enough time, absolutely recommended. And finally on the last day of your trip, you can do some shopping. I want to say that Turkish delights are one of the my favorite sweets I have ever tried. There are many flavors, so I’m sure you’ll find your favorite one. And of course souvenirs- whole diversity of souvenirs is presented in shops, so enjoy. 

I wish a happy journey. Hope my information was helpful!

Magical Cappadocia

5/12/2019 Add Comment

Magical Cappadocia! Fascinating Sights to See in Turkey

Cappadocia is a magical place on the planet. With its matchless rock formation and perfect design, you'll feel like you've arrived on a paradise. The main other spots that have little resemblance were Saxon Switzerland in Germany and the Valley of the Moon in Chile.
However, for me, Cappadocia is the reasonable winner! There are a couple of different attractions I'd suggest setting aside a few minutes for. It's a superb zone; I trust you are going appreciate it as much as I did.

     1.Explore Cappadocia's Magical Landscapes And Historic Caves:

Whoa simply take a look at the science fiction landscape! It's so amazing when you reach the destination and begin seeing the rock formations with your own eyes. A few volcanic ejections followed by natural weathering and erosion, have made the peculiar and brilliant scene of craters, canyons and fairy chimneys.
It's moreover interesting when you discover how much used to happen underground. There are tremendous underground urban areas and cave houses dating back to 1800 BC.
To get a decent idea of the zone I'd suggest booking a Cappadocia day visit which will take you to see some of the key spots including Love, Imagination, Pigeon and Monk's Valleys, Ürgüp Fairy Chimneys, and obviously the unusual rock castle – Uçhisar Castle.

    2. Gulp Down Delicious Turkish Cuisine:

I am truly in love with Turkish food! It's full of flavor and as Turkey traverses Asia and Europe, it has a lot of fascinating impacts. From kebabs to mezze dishes and pide (like pizza) there are a lot of delicious evening meals to look over.
While in Cappadocia you need to attempt a test kebap (ceramics kebab). The most famous tomato-based stew accompanies with an option of meat prepared inside a sealed clay pot. It gets to the table intact and then it's dependent upon you to crack it open with a sharp knife. It's a theatrical moment and has a touch of fun too!
Make sure to try some apple tea, local raki, baklava and Turkish delight to round off your foodie experience.

     3.  Hot Air Ballooning:

Taking off over Cappadocia's other unique scenes in a hot air balloon was the feature of my outing. Not exclusively are the views fantastic, it's likewise extremely exceptional taking to the skies with such a significant number of different balloons around. You're in safe hands as well; the pilots here train five times longer than anyplace else in the world.
The Cappadocia area of Turkey is the most mainstream area in the world for hot air ballooning. A year ago, over half of the world's balloon's followed in the region, with practically almost half a million people taking to the skies. It's additionally one of a couple of spots in the world where you can balloon practically almost the whole year.
    4. Gain Proficiency With All About Cappadocia's History:
Cappadocia is a region with a lot of history, yet fortunately, this isn't the kind that used to send me to sleep at school! I alluded to it above, however, trust it or not there are 36 underground urban areas which were once utilized by Christians to avoid Roman armies. I'd recommend taking a visit to Kaymakli or Derinkuyu to explore the many entries that are built deep into the ground. You'll discover everything underground including churches, rooms, stockpiling places, kitchens and even wineries.
I cherish how this region of history is as being pieced together. In the course of the most recent couple of years, archeologists have uncovered a city of a few kilometers of tunnels, complete with churches going back around 5,000 years.
Also, there's a complex arrangement of caves over the ground. The most ideal approach to get to grips with Cappadocia's history is by visiting UNESCO World Heritage – Göreme Open Air Museum. Once there you can look at the medieval cave churches, which go back to the Tenth Century. You'll surely be surprised at the detailed frescoes and designs still evident.
     5. Stay In One Of Cappadocia's Cave Hotels:
With regards to one of the unique places to stay, Cappadocia triumphs without a doubt! When did you last stay in a historic cave hotel?! Most are fascinating boutique cave hotels and lodgings situated in the main towns of Göreme, Urgüp and Uchisar.
When you hear the word cave, you're most likely considering of a chilly, dark, clammy spot. But, no – a significant number of the cave hotels in Cappadocia are dazzling, fusing old cave features while giving all the modern comforts you're accustomed to finding in a hotel. My most loved was Kale Konak in Uchisar, next to the castle. You can also book it from here and avail some amazing secret deals.
In A Nutshell:
From staying in a cave hotel and exploring the pixie fireplaces, to taking to the skies in a hot air balloon, there are such a significant number of fascinating activities in Cappadocia, Turkey.
Author Bio:

Abigail Kent is an enthusiastic writer who loves to write on lifestyle, fashion, money saving and traveling blogs. She holds a bachelor degree in computer science. She loves reading books and making new friends. Say hello to her on Twitter.

Thanks for that article dear Abigail..

Turkey's Victory Day

8/30/2018 Add Comment

Turkey's Victory Day

Turkish Victory Day

Turkey celebrates vistory day on 96th anniversary. Many nations have victory days but Turkey has biggest one. During World War I Great Britain,Russia,Italy,France,Greece, Armenia attacked to Ottoman Empire.When uur allied Germany surrendered, Ottoman accepted to be be defeated. But Turkish people never give up their freedom.

Greece, Great Britain, Italy and France started to occupy Anatolian lands. Our great father Ataturk , his comrade-in-arms and Turkish people resisted that occupy. Our enemies had war technology but we had brave hearts and genius  commander.

History of Victory Day

Victory Day commemorates the victory in the Battle of Dumlupınar which was the decisive battle in the Turkish War of Independence in 1922.
It also honours the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Following the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I, Turkey was occupied by allied forces.
This led to start of the Turkish War of Independence in 1919, with the Turkish forces led by General Mustafa Kemal.
The battle of Dumlupınar took place in Kütahya province in western Turkey. Although foreign forces didn't leave Turkish soil until the autumn of 1922, 30 August is accepted as the date of the Turkish army’s victory.

How we celebrate Vistory Day

Turkish Air Force Victory Day Celebrates
Victory Day was first celebrated on 30 August 1923, becoming a national holiday in 1935.

Many people in Turkey celebrate Victory Day by attending military parades, which take place in many big cities throughout the country. Air forces celebrate the day with demonstration flights. The jets involved in such flights usually leave a red-and-white trail, symbolizing the Turkish flag.
Residents and shop owners decorate their windows with Turkish flags and images of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. State officials attend a ceremony at Atatürk's Mausoleum in Ankara. All promotions in the Turkish Armed Forces take place on this day, and military schools hold annual graduation ceremonies on August 30.

Turkish traditional dessert Halvah

7/14/2018 Add Comment

Turkish Traditional Dessert Halvah

Halvah (helva) is the oldest type of dessert in Turkish cuisine writes noted Turkish culinary expert, Nevin Halıcı, in her book Turkish Cookery; the earliest known recipe for halvah dates to the 11th century. The name is derived from the Arabic root hulw, or halwa, meaning sweet, and describes a large family of confections in the Middle East, Central and South Asia and the Balkans.

Halvah has three basic ingredients: a starch, a fat and a sweetener. It most commonly is made with semolina, but several other distinct versions of halvah exist. To prepare this sweet, semolina (or equivalent) typically is toasted or fried while constantly stirring it with a wooden spoon, sometimes together with butter, until golden brown. Liquid, scalded milk for example, is then mixed in, along with sugar or reduced grape juice (pekmez) and melted butter. Frequently almonds, pine nuts or pistachios are added for flavor

Halvah has long been associated with commemorative occasions, both happy and sorrowful, and this tradition still remains strong in Turkish culture. It is served wherever people gather to recognize births, circumcisions and weddings, among others, and to mourn deaths. This sweet is also an important component of religious ceremonies and feast days.

turkish dessert halvah


İrmik Helvası
Semolina halvah. Serves 8–10.
This adaptation of a popular dessert was provided by Ali Kemal Dincer, a business owner in Belmont, MA, who is from Gaziantep, a city in southeastern Turkey.

2 cups whole milk
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
½ cup unsalted butter
¼ vegetable oil
¼ cup pine nuts
1 cup semolina (largest-sized grain available)

Bring milk, sugar and butter to boil in a medium-size saucepan. Set aside or keep on low heat. Put vegetable oil and pine nuts in a large saucepan and cook over moderate heat until bubbles form. Cook nuts until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Add semolina and stir vigorously for 3–6 minutes. If a darker halvah is preferred, cook a few minutes longer. It will begin to burn at about 10 minutes. Slowly add the milk, sugar and butter to the nuts and semolina. The mixture will start to boil rapidly, so watch out for spattering. Stir continuously over moderate heat for several minutes until thickened but still fluid. Pour into a shallow, 9-inch pie dish, and cool until set, about 2 hours. To serve, cut into pieces. For variation, slivered almonds or unsalted pistachios can be substituted for pine nuts.

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A fantastic trip to turkey second part

1/25/2018 Add Comment

A fantastic Trip to Turkey Part II

I love going on bus rides as you get to gaze at the fabulous land around you.  With most of Turkey’s landscape being gorgeous, I was thrilled to be on a bus going towards the coastline.  The views were wonderful and the bus was comfortable; offering snacks and drinks about every hour.  So, the 10 hours it took to get to the Antalya, a city overlooking the Mediterranean coast, went by in a breeze.  I only spent a couple of leisure days in Antalya, basking in the turquoise water, as it seemed to be more family oriented.  However, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a Turkish wedding and got to dance the night away before I was off to the small hippie village of Olympos. 

Blue flag beach on Turkey

The city of Olympos is an original Lycian settlement dating back to 300 BC, which stretches along the southern Turkish coast.  It is an isolated beach with a string of tree-houses and camping sites surrounded by ancient Lycian ruins.  Olympos had more of a rustic and natural feel to it since it was devoid of large developments and mass tourism.  It was the perfect place for swimming/snorkeling, hiking, and relaxing.  Also, they have natural flames burning from the side of the mountains at night, which are interesting to watch knowing they have been burning for thousands of years.  While staying in Olympos, I met a woman who was interested in seeing Mount Nemrut and visiting Şanlıurfa in East Turkey.  After a few chilled days on the coast we packed our bags and were off on the next bus headed towards the town of Karadut.

 After another pit stop in Cappadocia and a few more sunsets and sunrises, we arrived in the village of Karadut.  We decided on the town of Karadut since it was the base to hike or drive Mt. Nemrut, a stunning archeology and UNESCO World Heritage site.  We chose to drive up the mountain rather than hike (too cold) the next day, and take in the rock carvings of ancient Greek Gods from 2,000 years ago.  The sun rose and the statues gave off a reddish glow before assuming their natural yellow tone.  Once the sun was up we could see the Northern views of the Euphrates River.  Absolutely breathtaking.  After taking in the stunning views, it was time to travel south and make our way to Şanlıurfa.

nimrud sunset

I was super excited to make it to Şanlıurfa, having heard it housed the newly excavated Göbekli Tepe, allegedly the world’s first temple dating roughly from 12,000 years ago.  Also, this is where the Prophets, Job and Abraham, left their mark.  As we walked through the neighborhoods, we noticed the strong Arabic and Kurdish influence.  The architect, dress code, language, and bazaars were all distinctly different from all the other cities I had visited in Turkey.  What stood out the most, though, was the friendly atmosphere.  Many people stopped to invite us in for tea or just to have a friendly chat to welcome us.  While traveling through Turkey I was told Kebabs are made exceptionally well in Urfa, so I dove in and gorged on enough Kebabs to last me a lifetime.  I couldn't believe how big the portion sizes were and how small the bill was.  After exploring some and eating my way through town, it was time for us to go see Göbekli Tepe.  But to my dismay, it was closed for more excavations.  We were disappointed, but not all was lost, since there was plenty more history to see including the well informative Şanlıurfa museum that had a replicate of the Göbekli Tepe.  After spending several days immersed in the cities rich history it was time to take off, again, and part ways with my friend.  I headed back towards the West to stay in Selçuk, to see the famous Ephesus Ruins

sanlıurfa fish pool

I arrived to Selçuk, Turkey by train and immediately loved the authentic charm of this quaint town. Now that I had been in Turkey for a while, I had several recommendations on where to stay and what to see in Selçuk. And the main attraction was Ephesus, one of the largest open-air archaeological museums in the world. When tourism was at its highest in Turkey, Ephesus would be slammed with tourists, but I was lucky enough to walk through the ancient ruins with about half as many as normal. I could marvel at the intricate craftsmanship of the well-preserved statues, edifices, and inscriptions without having to wedge in-between people.  The grand theater, which at its height, seated 25,000 people. I sat there imagining all the plays, concerts, political and philosophical discussions, and gladiator fights that went on through the years. Even though the city has seen acts of war, an earthquake, and only a small percentage has been excavated, you can still appreciate the beauty and detail of this ancient city. The next few days I ventured out to the House of the Virgin Mary, Cave of the Seven Sleepers, Basilica of St. John, fortress on Ayasoluk Hill, and a few neighboring towns. I ended up staying in Selçuk for two weeks due to its relaxed atmosphere, nearby beaches, hiking trails, and friendliest people I had come across in Turkey. At the end of my two weeks stay, in this delightful town, I felt like family rather than a guest. It was heartbreaking to leave, but I was hopeful knowing I would return.

Many people asked about my safety during the duration of my trip and without a doubt I felt safer in Turkey than I did in my home country, the USA. Countless locals went out of their way assisting me with directions, rides, and information. I often accepted invitations for tea/coffee and dinner and wound up talking for hours about life. An old Turkish tradition says “a stranger at one’s doorstep is God’s guest for at least three days.” Hospitality is the heart of Turkish culture, and they believe visitors should be treated as guests, no matter what country you are from. Every day was exciting, so many diverse landscapes, kind and loving people, scrumptious food, and a wealth of history. I was romanced and captivated by this beautiful country and wildly eager to go back.
war, an earthquake, and only a small percentage has been excavated, you can still appreciate the
beauty and detail of this ancient city. The next few days I ventured out to the House of the Virgin Mary, Cave of the Seven Sleepers, Basilica of St. John, fortress on Ayasoluk Hill, and a few neighboring towns. I ended up staying in Selçuk for two weeks due to its relaxed atmosphere, nearby beaches, hiking trails, and friendliest people I had come across in Turkey. At the end of my two weeks stay, in this delightful town, I felt like family rather than a guest. It was heartbreaking to leave, but I was hopeful knowing I would return.

Second part finished here and thanks again Andrea for that amazing story and hope that again can come to Turkey and visit that amazing country.

                                                                                THE END

A fantastic trip to turkey

1/25/2018 7 Comments


Turkey was the most memorable country on my solo RTW trip in 2017.  I spent over two blissful months traveling around the country and already have an upcoming trip planned this year. Turkey is a radiant country full of depth, beauty, and adventure. You can sail on the Mediterranean Sea, explore ancient Greek and Roman ruins, hike gorgeous mountains, discover underground cities, ride magical hot air balloons, belly dance the night away, gorge on delicious Turkish food, and best of all, talk with many of the warmest and friendliest people you will ever come across.  Turkish people are known for their generous hospitality and it would be impossible for you to leave without being invited for cay (tea) or without a smile on your face. 

I arrived in Istanbul at the beginning of September and instantly fell in love with the city.  A few friends and family members raised an eyebrow or two when I told them my travel plans to this country, which I wasn't surprised given Turkeys history. However, I had no hesitation knowing mass media usually focuses on a fraction of a one-sided story.  I knew there was more to the country than the news outlets portrayed.  And I was right!  Istanbul was full of charm, vigor, warm and friendly people, delicious food and restaurants, and historically rich architecture and landmarks.  I stayed in the historic Sultanhamet area and woke up to the Marmara Sea every morning and watched glorious sunsets in the evening.  I was within walking distance to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace.  Istanbul has loads of hills, akin to San Francisco, which was a great way to burn off all the kebabs and baklava I was eating.  However, jumping on a tram, train, taxi, or funicular was simple.  Transportation was just about in every corner of the city and cheap.  Maps tend to bore me, so I prefer to get lost or rely on the kindness of strangers for directions. Instead of asking for directions, I found myself talking for hours, getting to know many locals.  Two places I frequented often were the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and Grand Bazaar.  I loved getting lost in both places for hours, listening to all the sounds and noises of haggling, smelling the scintillating fragrances, and watching the beauty pass by me.  After about a week of strolling through mosques, street cafes, museums, art galleries, historical monuments, and visiting a few hammams (Turkish baths/spas), I left for the magical land of Cappadocia. 

Cappadocia… a land where all your dreams come true!  It’s a historical, cultural, and outdoor lover’s paradise in central Turkey.  I am a big fan of desert nature and outside activities, so Cappadocia ended up being my favorite place in Turkey.  This region has one of the most dramatic and stunning lunar landscapes I have ever laid eyes upon.  Especially in the town where I stayed, Göreme.  Göreme, a unique town, in which the area has "fairy chimneys" or natural cone shaped rock formations and cave houses carved into the valley walls. One of the themes to my RTW trip was to see as many sunrises and sunsets as possible…I shortly found out I was in the perfect place for both! On my first day there I decided to go for a hike and explore the Göreme Open Air Museum, but wound up going for an ATV sunset tour after some persuasive Turkish charm.  Riding through the valley while the sun fell on the glorious Rose valley sent chills up my spine.  I wanted to soak up every molecule of warmth and bathe in its spectacular beauty.  With the night being young and having met some new friends, we decided to find an overlook and watch the twinkling lights with the bright moon paving our way. To top it off, we brought a bottle (or two) of wine from one of the neighboring vineyards.  I had become hypnotized by this small town and pure ecstasy had encapsulated me for the course of seven days cafes, museums, art galleries, historical monuments, and visiting a few hammams (Turkish baths/spas), I left for the magical land of Cappadocia. 

cappadocia nature

Many people from all over the world travel to Cappadocia to be swept off in a hot air balloon during sunrise.  Of course, I was one of the many who were magically whisked off and marveled at the otherworldly nature surrounding me, while gently floating over the glistening horizon.  While I would have loved to have ridden a balloon every morning, my pocket said otherwise.  But all I had to do was walk outside my hotel room at sunrise and look up or walk five minutes up to the sunset point and was gifted with a magnificent view.  The mystical air was dotted with colorful balloons and the earth below, white shimmering sand.  In the days following, I experienced many breathtaking moments from seeing the settlements of the Byzantine open-air churches, to underground cities comprised of eight impressive levels.  I was reluctant to leave but excited to see another beautiful location.
as possible…I shortly found out I was in the perfect place for both! On my first day there I decided to go for a hike and explore the Göreme Open Air Museum, but wound up going for an ATV sunset tour after some persuasive Turkish charm.  Riding through the valley while the sun fell on the glorious Rose valley sent chills up my spine.  I wanted to soak up every molecule of warmth and bathe in its spectacular beauty.  With the night being young and having met some new friends, we decided to find an overlook and watch the twinkling lights with the bright moon paving our way. To top it off, we brought a bottle (or two) of wine from one of the neighboring vineyards.  I had become hypnotized by this small town and pure ecstasy had encapsulated me for the course of seven days cafes, museums, art galleries, historical monuments, and visiting a few hammams (Turkish baths/spas), I left for the magical land of Cappadocia. 

cappadocia baloon tour

cappadocia sunset baloon tour

Thanks a lot Andrea for this article .Andrea'a story long and I see that she enjoyed much in Turkey.I will share it on 2 part so first part finished here I really liked and hope that everybody like it and help future toursits.

Niika Kristia's Turkey Travel Story

9/15/2017 Add Comment

Niika Kristia's Turkey Travel Story

My name is Niika Kristia and I am a South African and Croatian YouTuber that travels whenever life gives me a chance. Turkey was one of the main places I have had on my list for a long time. I never thought I would get a chance until the day came that Turkey was my travel destination. 

Turkey is a country filled with gorgeous architecture every corner you turn to, amazing food with both European and Arabian touches and it is a nation with some of the friendliest faces you will meet on your travel journeys. 

Istanbul is like a beautiful maze easy to get lost in but is a complete adventure in itself. A city filled with so many different corners and sides to it that you will be sure to gain some Instagram goals throughout your trip!

Some of the must do’s of Istanbul would be to: Visit the Spice Bazaar, see a whirling dervish show, eat a kumpir (a loaded baked potato), take a boat tour down the Bosphorus, go underground at the Basilica Cistern and of course see the Blue Mosque and the Haya Sophia! 

There is just so much to do in Istanbul it truly is a city full of variety
and adventure! Don’t forget to try Turkish Lakum (Turkish delight), Baklava and Turkish tea!

Aside from my trip to Istanbul, I advise anyone who can and has the time to take a flight or over night bus to Cappadocia. Cappadocia is one of the most interesting, laid back but fun places you will get to see while in Turkey. I even got to have my first hot air balloon ride!

As history says, “Cappadocia’s region was formed 60 million years
ago by erosion of soft layers of lava and ash from Mount Erciyes, Mount Hasan and Mount Güllü composing with wind and rain over millions of years. Houses and churches carved into the caves and rocks turned the region into a huge heaven for Christians escaping from the dominance of the Roman Empire.” 

Incredible! Ihara Valley consisted of beautiful streams flowing through the region and a canyon like area filled with trees. I discovered murals of Mary and Jesus in some of the church carved caves there too. It was definitely an experience I could never forget.

I also got to go 50 meters underground to explore the Kaymakli Underground City where thousands of people used to hide for protection from the Romans. It was incredible to think of how they carved so far deep into the ground and succeeded in forming churches, temporary graves and numerous rooms that all had a water irrigation system!

Turkey is a country filled with extraordinary activities, an abundance of history and culture. I would recommend Turkey as one of the most go to destinations in the world.

If you would like to see my travel journeys feel free to visit my channel through the link down below and let me know if you have any questions for your trip to Turkey as I would be happy to help advise you on your journey!

Thanks Niika for that nice article I hope that it will help for future toursits.If you want to watch Niika's Turkey trip videos can visit



My top 4 reasons to visit Turkey

9/11/2017 5 Comments

My top  reasons to visit Turkey

kız kulesi manzara

I spent almost two weeks in Fethiye and Istanbul - where I explored the diversity of Turkey in its brilliance. But who Am I? I am Michael, a freelance photographer and travel blogger from Switzerland. Whilst my travels I always try to find the places that not only let you enjoy the moment, but also touch your soul and create moments that will stay forever. Did I found them in Turkey? You will find out in my top reasons to visit Turkey.

Tremendous history

When you talk about history with other travelers they will tell
you about the famous cities like Rome or Athene. Without a doubt they are full of history - but Istanbul is at least on the
historical places in istanbul
same level as them. Don't forget: Constantinople was capital of four different empires throughout history. You can still see their influences nowadays. Especially it's location between the East and the West made it very important in every episode of history which makes Istanbul to my "crown jewel of history". While Istanbul is clearly a magnificent city I also witnessed impressive parts of history in the ruins of Tlos close to Fethiye.

Delicious food

That's the only point where you cant argue with Turkish people: In their opinion they have the best and most
turkish foods
delicious food. And there is not much to say against it. While I really love other kind of foods too I loved the variety and taste of the Turkish food. Whatever you want, you will find something. Börek, Baklava, Kebab, Pilav or fish just to mention some of them. But what should you try when you stay in Istanbul? Well, that can be difficult - because there is so much to chose from. I had the luck to spend time with a friend who (luckily) forced me to try everything. I think you will get the best result if you ask your hotel staff or even better, local people. My favorite dishes were Iskendar Kebab, Börek and Turkish breakfast in general. Sitting at the edge of the sea, sipping your black tea and enjoying an amazing breakfast - what else do you need? For the ones who like alcohol (like me) you should try Raki, the Turkish national drink with anise flavor. It is... quite special. But it's fun to try and your Turkish friends will love to see you trying it.

Amazing beaches

Once I left Istanbul my goal was clear: Visit the famous Turkish beaches. We stayed in Fethiye, with Ölüdeniz Beach as it's flagship beach. And oh my god, you will not be
turkey beaches
disappointed. The water is crystal clear and simply amazing to bath. As it is a touristic destination you can do great boat tours to hidden beaches like the Butterfly Valley. Absolutely worth it. Around Fethiye you also have plenty of other activities to do. Your best possibility will be to visit one of the tourist agencies and book the trip that looks best to you. I personally tried the paragliding, which is really famous there. To describe the feeling when you're flying over Ölüdeniz beach you don't need many words. Simply amazing.

bosphorus night view

Thanks Michael for that good article and amazing photos.Michael has a travel blog too if you interested in read his article can visit or want to see his amazing photos from travels visit that facebook page

Top Famous Turkish Drinks

8/28/2017 10 Comments

Top Famous Turkish Drinks

traditional turkish drinks

After long time decided to write about traditional famous Turkish drinks.Turkish cuisine very famous with foods but our drinks famous and healty too.Maybe know that about them but some drinks have different features.I will try to write about their features,season,culture and how they made that drinks.I will write about turkish tea,turkish coffee, boza, sherbet,salep and turkish ayran..I hope that like it.

Turkish Tea

Turkish tea culture
Tea,we call it çay in Turkish and Turkish people drink it mostly.At the least I drink it everyday.Tea's history not much old in Turkey but Turkish people liked it much and created their standarts.You cant see that tea-cup shape anywhere in the world.If see it that shape you can find a Turkish person in there too.We say that shape  '' ince belli'' in Turkish. Its mean as a thin belly.because its look like human belly.When drink it with close friends feel better too.Especially if have a amazing view while drink can enjoy much too.When use sugar with tea cant take it's taste much so I offer that drink it without sugar.I gave up to add sugar 2 years ago and I noticed that I was drinking just sugar before.When come to Turkey do not come back to hometown without drink tea with thin belly tea-cup..If want to read about turkish tea can find more information on there..turkish tea

Turkish coffee

turkish coffee culture
Turkish coffee's history older than tea.Come from Ottoman ages.In Ottoman ages created coffee houses for drink coffee.Turkish coffee is  important in Turkish culture.
Turkish people have a  interesting expression for turkish coffee they say that  a couple of turkish coffee have 40 years sake its  mean a little complex.We have interesting tradition about to weddings before weddings groom's family go to bride's home for to take wedding permission.Bride preapare coffee and add to salt into groom's cup.If groom drink, it show that groom want to marry much and will not make sad his wife and will do everything for his wife.Can read about turkish coffee 


It is claimed that it was first made in 9000-8000 BC in Mesopotamia or Eastern Anatolia.However, the Greek historian Xenophon (430-355 BC) mentions in writing that people  was drinking boza  in Eastern Anatolia in 401 BC.

Maybe many epople hear it first time because when toursits come to Turkey cant see it on summer season because boza is a winter season drink.
Boza made from white corn.It grind at the mill than clean all crusts tahn add water and keep waiting.Boza has a sourish taste.While drinking boza can add in cup roasted chickpea or cinnamon.

Turkish Sherbet

Turkish sherbet is one of the famous drink in Turkey and middle east countries.Especially in summer season people drink it much.It come from Ottoman and Seljuks ages.People was not drink alchol in Ottoman and Seljuks age so Sherbet culture risen.

Sherbet made from fruit juices or various  flowers.Some sherbets have special spices so it give different taste.Especially summer seasons, can add snow or ice.Its as a sweet syrup.When you come to Istanbul can see sherbet seller especially in the  Sultan Ahmet square.They has traditional ottoman clothes and churn..
Sherbet also has many health benefits such as lowering cholesterol, losing weight, relieving the stomach and intestines, regulating blood pressure and preventing thyroid.


If you are in the Turkey during winter season you must drink to hot traditional salep.It has a delicious taste and when drink it a cold day, warm up your body and give peace.
Winter season all of coffee add salep in menu so can find it easily.
Salep made from a type of orchids and milk.Turkey has a rich orchids area.Turkish ice creams made from that special orshids too.While drinking salep must add cinnamon into salep,it make more delicious.

Turkish Ayran

Turkish ayran, I think that every people know that delicious drink.
Especially while eat döner or kebab must drink ayran.
I prefer  goat milk's ayran because it is more delicious.Ayran is healty drink so everybody can drink it.
People can make ayra at home too, its easy but I'm not sure about its taste because churn ayran has a special taste because while doing 
churn ayran they are shake it long time so it has cream and different taste so when you come to Turkey want churn ayran not industrial ayran.Can read about ayran for more information 

I hope that like it and can taste that delicious drinks one day.Do not forget to sahre and drop messages please ...

Laura's Turkey Trip Story

7/14/2017 1 Comment

Laura's Turkey Trip Story

In 2012 I was going through some changes in my life and decided I needed a change of scenery and adventure. I can't say exactly what drew me to Istanbul, but I felt a pull in that direction. So, I booked a flight from Miami to Istanbul and into a lovely little Guesthouse called Best Hipodrom. Best Hipodrom is located just metres away from the gorgeous Blue Mosque. I didn't plan anything else for my trip. I wanted to just see what would happen and where I would end up.
sultan ahmet mosque

When I arrived in Istanbul, I was so jet lagged. I decided the best course of action would be to set off on foot exploring in the hopes of getting a good night's sleep that evening. The first place I made my way to was the Blue Mosque. It was absolutely gorgeous. I had never seen anything like it in my life before. At that time, there was a Lonely Planet app which you could use without internet and it would track where you were in the city and give you information about the sites you were seeing. I did many group tours whilst in Istanbul, but I have to say my favourite part of the trip was just walking around with my app, coming across little hidden treasures. I am not sure why that app is no longer available cause it was amazing.

When I travelled to Turkey, some trouble had broken out and there were warnings all over the news. I was advised to change my plans. I am so glad I did not listen to anyone. What I experienced was so far from what was being played out in the media. I found the people to be so warm and friendly. At no time on my travels did I feel threatened or scared. When I arrived, the owner of Best Hipodrom was so unbelievably nice. Being a vegan, I asked for some advice on where to get suitable food. Not only did she give me advice, she took me to one of the restaurants herself. And then she sat with me to have some Turkish coffee. I have never experienced such warm hospitality before or since.

Turkish Foods

 I believe this deserves its own paragraph. The food was one of the best parts of my travels. I absolutely enjoyed trying all the local foods. I ate out three times a day, and there was not one meal that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Turkish food is a vegans dream. Pita with hummus and the best olives I have ever tasted were just some of the things I enjoyed. I also left with a considerable amount of Turkish delight. I loved going into the stores and seeing all the different flavours and varieties available. Another thing I just loved was the fresh fruit available on the streets. What a lovely break to sight seeing.

Turkish delight

One evening I decided to go to Sultana's. I couldn't travel all the way to Turkey and not see belly dancing. What an amazing evening that was. There were musicians, belly dancers and of course more delicious Turkish food. This was such an incredible experience for me. I was the only traveller alone and was sitting at my little table for one. At one point during the evening, they open up the dance floor for everyone to have some fun. I think I danced with every waiter there and ended up having such an incredible evening. There was so much laughing and I danced my heart out. Just because you are a solo traveller, does not mean you should miss out on all the fun!

Sultan Ahmet Mosque

My advice to anyone considering a trip to Turkey? Do it! Do it now. You will fall in love with the country and the culture. I cannot put into words how incredible my trip was. My only complaint? It was too short. I definitely have plans to head back to Istanbul one day to do some more exploring. Are you a solo female traveller? Have you travelled to Istanbul? I would love to hear about your experiences. Please comment below. 

I m really grateful to Laura for that amazing article..I hope that we can see you at Turkey with your family.I think that I m not only one person who like Laura's article style and words she really godo at about writing so if you curious about Laura I will say something about her,,she is really kind and nice person and Laura now does all her travelling with her husband, Henry and their 3 year old English Bulldog Lincoln. Lincoln has his own blog where he talks about all their adventures 

Salda Lake is Turkey's Maldives

7/13/2017 21 Comments
Turkey's Maldives

Salda Lake is Turkey's Maldives

After long time writing an article because in summer season cant write much things.While reading I saw about something Salda Lake.When I was university ı heard many things about it because my university is not much far away from there and there were tours at weekends.Salda is a tectonic lake at Aegean region in Turkey.I will write about why called it Turkey's Maldives ,where is the lake ,how can go there and where stay in there so I will give a  few reason for to visit Turkey too.

Where is Salda Lake

Salda lake is located in Yeşilova district in Burdur.It has about 184 meters depth so its second depth lake in Turkey.Its not much far away from Pamukkale so if you come pamukkale do not come back to see Salda lake.

Why called it Turkey's Maldives

salda lake

Its a lake with turquoise color and white sands.When see it can think that ıts look like Maldives.Salda lake is the 5th clear lake in the world.Anyway can see it on photos too.If you take photo in there and share it social media people can think that you are at Maldives :)

There are 2 beaches in Salda Lake.Yeşilove beach and Salda Forest beach, there are 3 kilometers distance between beaches and some places are deep blue so just can swim that beaches.ıts more safety.

Where I can stay at Salda Lake

There are a few motels near Salda and can stay in Yeşilova too.But
if you like nature can make camping near Salda Lake.Actually there are youth camps between july and august months.Nature,forest and deep blues.Will fall in love there .

How I can go Salda Lake.

There are a few routes to go there.I said before ig you come to pamukkale can come to Burdur and Yeşilova.Another routes is come to Isparta by plane and rent a car for to come Salda.

If you like nature,camping ,photography must see there when come to Turkey.

My Turkey Travel Story

7/01/2017 18 Comments


As a Catholic, my husband and I have joined pilgrimages in both local and international destinations.  Aside
from being able to travel with pilgrims of our own "age group"  meeting people in all walks of life, pilgrimages is spiritually fulfilling as it indulges you to have a different kind of rest and relaxation.

my turkey tripOur most recent pilgrimage is "The Steps of St. Paul" where we got the chance to be in Greece, Turkey, and Malta.

I will focus and share with you our trips in and around Istanbul, Turkey.

Istanbul is the city that connects Europe and Asia, one of the major cities of Turkey located in the Marmara region working out its function as a bridge between the Eastern and Western.

Hippodrome Obelisk

The oldest obelisk of Istanbul is on the spina of the Hippodrome.  This monument is constructed of monolithic stone was erected circa 1500 B.C.  in front of a temple in the city of Hireapolis in ancient Egypt honoring the Pharoah Tutmosis Iii.


Although the  Column of Constantine Porphyrogenitus bears the name of an emperor, our tour guide said it is not  exactly known by whom it was constructed.  The obelisk has a massive appearance made of dressed stone.  Indeed, impressive!

Hagia Sophia Museum

Located at the Sultanamet Square opposite the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia is one of the most beautiful construction I have seen in my lifetime and a MUST SEE to anyone who wants to visit Turkey,  With its glory and magnificence, it is one of the greatest examples of early Byzantine architecture and the Eastern art.   Hagia Sophia has the features of a longutudinal classical basilica plan of Byzantine archirecture with  a rectabgular shape 69.50 meters in width and 73,50 meters in length and  as the third in the world  in terms of its size after the Cathedral of St. Pierre in Seville and the cathedral of Milan. With decorated mosaics, the Hagia Sophia  with marbles , vaults,   half domes and top coverings have magnificent mosaics more beautiful than the other decors.  One can only admire with disbelief how these mosaics and marbles were done and maintained up to this time.

Basilica Cistern... Underground Palace

Also xalled the underground Palace is the largest of several other cisterns that still lie beneath the city.   According to our guide, the cistrrn was named Basilica because of the Illius Basilica  that was once located nearby.  Water of the Basilica  comes from Egrikapa  Water distribution center  through Bosdogan and Malova  aqueducts. The Cistern contsins 336  marble columns , each 5 meters high.  The columns are arranged in 12 rows each row consisting of 28 columns, lined up st 4 meters intervals and majority of the columns appeared to have been taken from older buildings and which were engraved from diverse types of marbles and granite.

Oh, there are big fishes swimming in the water, which we found to help ease our fear...

The Blue Mosque

 inside of blue mosque

The Blue Mosque has a special place among the various Ottoman buildings constructed in the Sultanahmet Square.  This, I consider the  masterpiece of architecture because of the grandeur of the building itself, inside out.  The interior details are breathtaking that words are not enough to describe its beauty.  It is a must see!

Located on a vast rectangular courtyard appears closer to be closer to a square shape, has eight different  gates with three opening to the square.  The magnificent tiles in the mosque indicates that the Ottoman tile art which reached its zenith of power in the   16th century maintained its power in this century.   The tiles in blue, green, and torquise colors were mostly used.


Among the museums that one should visit are:   Turkish and Islamic Arts,The Great Palace Mosaic,  Istanbul Archselogy, and many more.  These museums houses many collections including the works  of art belonging to different cultures within the boundaries of the Ottoman empire extenfing from Balkans fpto Africa and ftom Anatolia  to Mesopotamia, Arabian peninsula and Afghanistan.

Topkapi Palace Museum

This is located in Sultanahmet of Eminonu district of Istanbul.
With so many sections consisting of the Harem section,  Sacred relics, where we saw the BIG diamond and Topkapi Dagger,  and other treasures.

Grand Bazaar

One can definitely get lost if unaccompanied by somebody who is familiar with its entrance snd exit gates.  I would have loved to buy all the beautiful Ottoman lamps, turk eyes, spices, and a lot more, but we do not have time to look around.  Thst is why, I want to go back and "get lost" shopping at the Grand Bazaar.  God willing, I will come back agsin, soon.

The House of Mama Mary at Ephesus

There's an unexplainable feeling  I felt when I got inside the house... serene, spiritual, and holy!  Our pilgrimage chaplain celebrated mass in the chapel and we capped the day walking in the vast ruins of Ephesus.

Our tired body and feet were totally vanished! The experience we had after the Holy Mass was exhilirating! There were so many things to do, so many other places to visit, so many other foods that we should taste, so many souvenirs that were not bought... We should really go back to Turkey

Thanks a lot Angie M. Canlas for that good article hope that we can see you and your husband in Turkey again.