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Visiting Turkey

Boasting a multitude of mosques and markets, Turkey fuses modern European sensibilities with Middle Eastern traditions. The bustling Grand Bazaar and Spice Market crowds of Istanbul provide a foil for the ancient ruins of Ephesus, and the Aegean, Black, and Mediterranean seas are never far away. Boasting a multitude of mosques and markets, Turkey fuses modern European sensibilities with Middle Eastern traditions. The bustling Grand Bazaar and Spice Market crowds of Istanbul provide a foil for the ancient ruins of Ephesus, and the Aegean, Black, and Mediterranean seas are never far away.    Close

Stories and Tips Turkey

Getting to Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Written by TianjinPaul on 28 Jul, 2010

As I had been in Turkey for almost five months, my mother decided that it was high time she came to visit and to lavish me with own particular brand of maternal over-protection. So, as any good son would, I went to meet her at…Read More


Riding the Funikuler

Written by TianjinPaul on 28 Jul, 2010

It was a balmy Sunday evening and I was going to the airport to pick up my mother. As I had plenty of time and was keen on saving a few lira, I decided to use the city's transit system rather than splurge on a…Read More


Be Prepared to Sweat

Written by TianjinPaul on 20 Jul, 2010

I remember a couple of extremely hot summers spent in South Korea and China, through which the supply of air-conditioning was decidedly sparse. This was, predominantly, due to the rather frugal nature of my employers who did not want to eat into their profit margins…Read More


Green Canyon

Written by MALUSE on 17 Jul, 2010

I’ve got many photos of Mediterranean beaches, from Majorca, Sardinia, Crete, Cyprus, the south coast of Turkey and Israel. If there isn’t a striking landmark, you won’t be able to find out where I took them. A beach is a beach - more…Read More


Eight Great Attractions in Cappadocia

Written by koshkha on 17 Jul, 2010

There are places around the world that almost mystically acquire ‘must visit’ status without you really knowing much about them. The Turkish region of Cappadocia is one of these. Other than knowing that the landscape was bizarre, we really hadn’t done any research before we…Read More


Magical Mystery Tour

Written by TianjinPaul on 08 Jul, 2010

The events in this story were caused partly by the ambiguity of the information provided by Istanbul's transport system and tourist authorities, partly by my own overt stupidity and partly by the apparent decisiveness of two Chinese tourists. Things began on a Tuesday afternoon in…Read More


The Top Sights

Written by Wasatch on 18 Jun, 2010

Although it has an impressive setting spreading across several hills on two continents straddling the Bosporus between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara (technically, Istanbul is not on the Mediterranean Sea but on the Sea of Marmara), I didn’t find…Read More


Watching Fener

Written by TianjinPaul on 26 May, 2010

Turkish football is a decidedly tribal beast. In itself, this may not seem like an especially unusual statement. After all, football in most countries follows a similar pattern. However, the city of Istanbul takes things to completely different level, playing host to some of sport's…Read More


Asia to Europe

Written by TianjinPaul on 19 May, 2010

The division between Europe and Asia is, geographically at least, signaled by the bridges that span the Bosphorous. This may be true in purely physical terms, but the identity and persona of the two continents are not so black and white. The transition from Europe…Read More


What's in a name?

Written by TianjinPaul on 19 May, 2010

My name is Paul. It was bequeathed to me as much in compromise as anything. This is, at least, what I am told, as I have no great recollection of the name actually being bestowed upon me. Apparently, my father wanted to name me after…Read More


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