Turkey Travel Stories

Turkey Travel Stories is a collection of travel stories from all over Turkey contributed by travelers, sharing the experience of Turkish culture, special places, nature, Turkish hospitality and also some other travel experiences you should read before you travel.

If you ask me, people make Turkey. Warm, garrulous and inquisitive. An Iranian family was so excited on hearing I was from India. “India?” “Yes” “We love India. What was that Indian movie we saw?” DDLJ? My Name is Khan? 3 Idiots? “Slumdog Millionaire’ Not Indian, my friend. Not Indian....

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We get up early to start our long journey east out of Cappadocia via Gülagac, Nevesehir and Kayseri, crossing the endless flat plains of the ‘step’ with Mount Erciyes (3916m) looking down on us. We stop to make lunch in the middle of nowhere and are approached by a stray...

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Fleur sees us off in the traditional Turkish way by throwing water (and container!) at us in the camper van as we leave Kas. They say that this guarantees we will return. 14km from Kas, on the road to Demre we stop to take photos of some abandoned rural buildings....

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The other day I was at Plum Farm, visiting my cousins, Mike and Donna. I was writing in my journal when Mike said, “I love your journal.” I can’t really explain why, but this statement meant a lot to me. Not that many people really notice the things that matter...

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We unpack the campervan and move our lives into Michael and Muge’s beautiful duplex apartment on the Cukurbag (Kas Peninsula) on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. What bliss to have such space and home comforts after nearly 6 months on the road and over 15,000km travelled. We decide to stay for a...

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Around lunchtime we arrive at Yenikapi (Istanbul) and having fixed our non-ringing telephone we go for lunch near Galata Bridge. Afterwards we climb the steep hill, pass the Galata Tower up to Istikal Caddesi (Beyoglu) where the new Borusan Music and Art Centre is situated. This is a development project...

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A new year, a new adventure so despite our hangovers we pack up the camper van say our goodbyes to Serap and Coco and head for the big open road! However first we have to find our way out of Istanbul to the ‘Bogazici Koprusu’ (Bosphorus Bridge), which spans the...

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Having crossed the border we head straight for Edirne. The city is famous for it’s oil wrestling, which is when muscular, nearly naked men cover themselves in olive oil and wrestle each other. To Julia’s great disappointment this only takes place in the summer! To reach the city we cross...

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I have not been posting for the past few days as I was busy meeting with suppliers, making hotel visits in Istanbul and generally enjoying and exploring the city. And then there was the journey home, broken in Toronto so I could visit with family for a day. Now, it’s...

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When you think of Turkey, the land of history, sun, sea and sand, the first places to come to mind would probably be popular places such as Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye which are all resorts located by the seaside. Talking about spending an unforgettable holiday in Turkey on the other...

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