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middle east

  • Beautiful light at Aya Sofya | Istanbul, Turkey

    My Favorite Places in Istanbul

    Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world. Its unique east-meets-west culture is fascinating and its food is hauntingly delicious. But beyond the things that make Istanbul stand out are…

  • Kofte, Meatballs | Goreme, Turkey
    Food, Turkey

    Eating Through Turkey

    I didn’t realize how much I really enjoyed the food in Turkey until recently, when I walked into a Turkish restaurant in New York City for dinner. Bite by bite, it all…

  • Taking a rest with a view | Buyukada, Turkey

    Biking Around Buyukada Island

    After spending several days visiting the important historical sites in Istanbul like Aya Sofya and the Grand Bazaar, and after a few days in Cappadocia wandering around the fairy chimneys and road…

  • Painted wagon | Mustafapasa Cappadocia, Turkey

    Road Tripping Cappadocia – Heading South

    When we arrived in Cappadocia, Turkey, the weather looked grim. We’d planned on hiking and spending time idling through the valleys, but it seemed that Mother Nature had other plans. Only one…

  • Streets in Gulhane, Istanbul

    Scenes from Istanbul

    Our days in Istanbul were few, but full of movement. Though my highlights from Istanbul were big things like our cruise on the Bosphorous and a visit inside the Blue Mosque, some…

  • Grand Bazaar lanterns, Istanbul
    Markets, Turkey

    Navigating the Bazaar

    I love markets. Markets are generally one of my favorite parts of travel. Farmer’s markets never disappoint me with their bright colors, tempting smells, and fascinating people watching. But other markets selling…

  • Aya Sofya chandeliers, Istanbul

    Beautiful Aya Sofya

    It’s one of the first things you notice when arriving in Sultanahmet, Istanbul – enormous minarets piercing up through the maze of buildings and trees. Though there are a scattering of minarets…

  • Turkish pride, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

    First Impressions of Turkey

    After all these years of traveling, there is still nothing that can compare with the feeling of experiencing a country for the first time. The initial footsteps outside the doors of the…