Oct 102016
 
Ephesus: Astounding Ancient Greek and Roman Ruins

Some of the best ancient Greek and Roman ruins aren’t in Greece or Rome at all. The Greco-Roman empire stretched across Europe, over western Asia, and into northern Africa, so I shouldn’t have been so surprised to arrive in western Turkey and learn that one of the region’s top tourist attractions is Ephesus: the site of a vast city dating back over 2,000 years.

There is a reason that tourists from around the world flock to Ephesus. Touring the [...Read More!]

Aug 042016
 
Can You Guess Where This Beach Is? Proves Something.

These photos — azure waves and alluring soft sand — have sat trapped on my computer for a year. Interest in travel to the country pictured has plummeted as stability there was shaken. Thus, the challenge: Can you even match the happy scenes here with a place repeatedly screamed about in the news?

Yes, Turkey is the country in which I took these photos — Ladies’ Beach in Kusadasi, just across the water from Greece, to be exact. [...Read More!]

Feb 202016
 
Turkish Street Foods: Ice Cream, Mussels, and More!

For most of my travels in Turkey, I was extremely busy scarfing every food in sight. In an effort to peer pressure you to do the same, let us take a tour of the delectable Turkish street treats you can encounter, both in the country itself, and in Turkish food stalls around the world.

A major culinary joy of Turkey for me was Turkish ice cream, also called dondurma. This confection is distinct from non-Turkish ice [...Read More!]

Jan 172016
 
Your Travel Wish List Needs This Magic Cotton Castle

Once you realize that a magical mountain known as the “Cotton Castle” exists somewhere in the world, it becomes hard not to add it to your travel wish list. It wasn’t until my travels in Turkey that I realized such a sight exists. It is called Pamukkale, and is one of the coolest places I’ve ever seen.

Pamukkale is a blindingly white mountain that looks like it’s made of ice, cotton, powdered sugar, [...Read More!]

Nov 182015
 
What Would YOU Buy at This Great Turkish Arts Market?

During my travels in Turkey this year, I fell in love with the country’s rainbow-vibrant markets. Walk with me now as we explore the beautiful outdoor shopping street in Sirince, Turkey, which is just a few minutes from the famed ancient ruins of Ephesus, near the west coast of the country.

Sirince itself is a delightfully picturesque hillside town that brings to mind lush green villages in Italy. The town was first settled in the 15th century, [...Read More!]

Aug 282015
 
The Spice Market in Istanbul Gives an Unexpected Gift

Confession: We bullied our Istanbul tour guide into adding the Spice Bazaar to our packed Turkey itinerary. “Come ON,” our travel blogger pack cajoled. “We’re right here anyway, and it’s one of the most famous sights in Istanbul! We’ll make it worth your while… We’ll buy you a Turkish Delight! Or three?”

With that, our guide grinned and led us into the 350-year-old building.

It was key to have a guide in the bustle of the [...Read More!]

Jul 132015
 
How to Pack Dresses for Travel and Great Photos: 9 Tips

Over the course of six years of travel blogging and 700 photo-filled articles, I’ve amassed tricks to help YOU pack dresses for fashionable travel and great pictures. To illustrate each point, I took a suitcase full of frocks from my favorite dress company, Leota, to the most awesome tourist attractions in Turkey.

1. Color Contrast. Keep in mind that some dress colors get lost against certain backgrounds, ruining your photos. On the fifth day of my Turkey trip, I knew [...Read More!]

Jun 222015
 
The Most Amazing Building in the World May Be in Turkey

My heart is thumping with awe as I arrange the photos for this article. Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey is so astounding that it has captivated humans for nearly 1,500 years… and it may just captivate YOU through this screen!

Just as it would be painful to stand in one corner of a room while a chocolate cake sat alluringly across the carpet, it is nearly impossible to focus on any other aspect of [...Read More!]

Jun 102015
 
How is Turkish Airlines to Fly, and Behind the Scenes?

Just look at the expansive leg room in the above photo from my Boston-Istanbul flight. That, my friends, is the seductive beast known as “Business Class,” and now that I’ve encountered it, t’will be mighty difficult for this 6-foot-tall woman to fly long distances any other way!

So, what led me into the arms of Business Class? Turkish Airlines! The airline is innovating and expanding rapidly, and as part of this leap forward, hosted several travel bloggers — [...Read More!]

May 272015
 
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey: Astounding Details

Istanbul, Turkey’s famous Blue Mosque is hypnotic. You could stare for hours at each swirl of decoration on its 141-foot domes, and at each glint of color on its 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles, imagining the work that went into every intricacy… feeling the energy and spirit of the structure.

During my glorious week in Turkey this month thanks to Turkish Airlines, the Blue Mosque was at the top of my list of places to see. I was [...Read More!]