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.

This is my first installment of what has been a quarter of a century love affair with Turkey. I know it sounds a bit naf the word ‘orientalist’ Like something directly from previous centuries the name invokes memories and feelings of those who came before us, who for some reason...

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Emperor Constantine Porphrogenitus describled the city as “Thrice blessed, myrrh-breathing city of the Lycians, where the mighty Nicolaus, servant of God, spouts forth myrrh in accordance with the city’s name.” Kas is a small historical town on the south coast of Turkey. It was one of the most important marine...

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According to Virgil, the Roman poet, Aeneas, the legendary founding-father of the Roman nation hailed from the ancient city of Troy on the Eastern coast of the Dardanelles. North through the straits of the Dardanelles at the opposite end of the Marmara Sea, Constantine returned close to his roots and...

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A false start marked the begining of our Round the World Trip. We went to the wrong airport in Belfast; if it were not for Tony’s dad, Pete Schumacher, we might have missed our plane. After that everything went smoothly, flying out on time from London Heathrow’s flashy Terminal 5...

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Another dream fulfilled; we are just back from our hot air balloon flight over the surreal surroundings of Cappadocia in Turkey (Turkish: Kapadokya), which is dominated by caves and fairy chimneys that change colour depending on the sunlight. We arrived 2 days ago after an 11 hour night bus journey...

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Oh, to be full – that glorious feeling of profound tautness across your middle section. I love everything about it: the light-headed rush of the food high, the subtle burps, the inability to hold your torso upright without support, and the final surrender to unbuttoning a notch on your belt...

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Who wouldn’t delight in a thick wedge of still-steaming apple pie smoothered in cinnamon and sugar, a gooey English toffee pudding oozing saccraferious syrup, or a tower of ice cream loaded with nuggets of buttery cookie dough and crowned with a lava of fudge. I wouldn’t. I can’t explain it,...

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When travelling, I never have the money or the desire to eat at restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so I often turn to street food – quick, cheap, and easy. After spending a couple of days gorging on creative arrays of street food in Istanbul, I’ve realized that it...

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So the Food Jihadist is now eating in Turkey, but I must admit, I am not finding it very much of a challenge to enjoy the food. We arrived exhausted from a late night flight and in desperate need of some carbohydrates to refuel, so we dragged our feet to...

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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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