If this were animated it would be a cute little house-boy, don’t you think?
I can almost hear him talking and jumping about!
I captured this little stone hut in the south of Turkey at a cute little village called Çokmakdağ. There isn’t much there, but the townspeople are trying to spruce it up and make it more attractive for tourists.
This is happening in many places around Turkey, where the old center of town is being refurbished and painted in pastel colors. We walked around, had lunch, and were invited into a farmer’s house to have tea with [...]
Could the first organized religion be found on a small hill in Southern Turkey?
The first time we visited Göbekli Tepe, we drove through the dust from Şanliurfa, a Muslim pilgrimage site where Abraham was born and killed. Even though the roads are paved, the barren landscape cannot hold back the wind, which can be very strong and carries with it plenty of dust, heat, and history.
It’s only about 15 kilometers, but it’s a long, slow, almost boring 15 kilometers. It is so deserted that we were thrilled to come upon a small band of boys riding [...]
These ladies have been picking for hours, and now it is time for them to go home!
These ladies are farm workers. They work for a pittance, about 8 TL. per day, the equivalent to about $4.00. It’s back-breaking work, and yet they are smiling and content.
It’s one of the things I love most about traveling, how humbling it is. Jim and I are warm, well-fed, and bring home a fortune compared to so many people in this world. Yet, the people I see who are the happiest, the most welcoming, the warmest are [...]
The Silk Road…camels, caravans, bandits, and adventure!
The front door to the Aksaray Caravanserai
Growing up, I devoured stories about the camel caravans and the merchants that traveled the Silk Road. I fell in love with the idea that these caravans were constantly moving, winding their way through unknown territories. It’s no wonder that I grew up loving to travel, to experience new cultures, and to be on the move…always on the move.
You can see how hot and dusty it would be following a road like this one. For a travelling merchant, a caravanserai would be a [...]
Istanbul is one of the most exotic and exciting cities in the world! Here is my down and dirty Istanbul travel guide.
I’ve made a list, in the order of importance, for you to follow when visiting Istanbul. These are all good sights, and there are plenty more.
Aya Sofya Blue Mosque Hippodrome Basilica Cistern
Numbers 1-4 are all in the same area. The Hippodrome is hard to notice..it’s basically the road with a few statues in the middle, but it used to be where they would hold chariot races and receive foreign dignitaries. The Basilica [...]
Turkish breakfast or “kahvaltı” is a great way to get your day started and it’s tasty, too!
There are so many good things about Turkish breakfast. Many of the foods are staples in the Turkish kitchen: bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, yogurt, eggs, olives, honey, jam, and sometimes meat.
Turkish bread is amazing. Years ago, the ekmek (bread) was a flatter loaf, almost like a pita, but not that thin. Every street had a baker very close by, and someone would walk down and buy the warm bread. Today the loaves have changed a little, they are more like [...]
Bridal showers are bridal showers! They all have one thing in common, a blushing bride and a lot of fun!
In Turkey, the typical “bridal” shower is a “Kına Gecesi,” which literally means “henna evening.” Only women attend henna parties, although these days, some men sneak in towards the end of the evening when the party is in full swing. Traditionally the henna party was thrown the very last night before the girl is married and taken away from her family, and it served as a sad going away party. Today, however, if a bride even chooses to have [...]
Far off the beaten path, the ruins of Ani are well worth the trip!
The ruins of the ancient Silk Road city of Ani are located in the far east of Turkey, right on the Armenian border. In fact, you can see the Armenian guards peering over the river gorge from their guard shacks.
Before the Mongols came through eastern Turkey and leveled it, Ani was an extremely prosperous town of over 100,000 people. Today, you can see how large the city was, as the ruins are scattered over quite a large area.
As much of the northern hemisphere starts to cool, leaves turn yellow then brown, the southern shores of Turkey are the perfect temperatures. I love going to the beaches on Turkey’s Meditteranean coast.
Antalya, pictured here, is a beautiful southern town! Not only can you go to the beach or take a boat ride during the day, but all around the harbor are fantastic tea houses and restaurants to relax for a pleasantly warm evening.
Have you been to Antalya or any of the southern towns in Turkey? If not, October is the [...]
Jim and I are an American married couple who have had the opportunity to live all over the world thanks to our work. We are both teachers, and currently we're working in Schweinfurt, Germany where we plan to stay for the next few years. Continue reading... Follow @corinnevail