Destination: Ephesus, Turkey

Before returning to Istanbul after our six days in the rest of Turkey, my friend and I had one more stop in the country to make. It would be in Ephesus, a former ancient Greek city located at the very west of Turkey, along the Aegean coast. We would have a short day tour there, … Continue reading Destination: Ephesus, Turkey

Destination: Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale was one place that I really wanted to see while visiting Turkey (aside from Istanbul and Cappadocia, of course). I actually hadn't known about this town until I saw an online video of Turkey, in which I was introduced to its stunning, chalky-white travertine pools. My friend and I were eager to check them … Continue reading Destination: Pamukkale, Turkey

Destination: Cappadocia, Turkey (Part 2)

What makes the Cappadocia region of Turkey a remarkable place to visit is its incredible landscape, often seen as otherworldly. From its ragged canyons to its famous "fairy chimneys," every turn is a natural wonder. For my friend and I, it was two days spent in Cappadocia to see as much of them as possible. … Continue reading Destination: Cappadocia, Turkey (Part 2)

Destination: Cappadocia, Turkey (Hot-Air Balloon Ride Edition)

When visiting the Cappadocia region of Turkey, a hot-air balloon ride often is included (or, at least recommended) on the itinerary. Hundreds of balloons take off every morning, bringing thousands of passengers over landscapes that appear out of this world. One might consider it a rite of passage, a sort of induction into Turkey itself, … Continue reading Destination: Cappadocia, Turkey (Hot-Air Balloon Ride Edition)

Destination: Cappadocia, Turkey (Part 1)

Besides the bustling city of Istanbul, many tourists often go to Cappadocia as part of their time spent in Turkey. This famous, historic region in central Turkey is home to fairy chimneys, underground caves and, of course, the hot-air balloon rides that happen every day for visitors. Cappadocia is that once-in-a-lifetime kind of place that … Continue reading Destination: Cappadocia, Turkey (Part 1)