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)

My Bucket List for Europe — Part 4

Around this time every year, I dedicate a post to my current bucket list of places that I want to visit in Europe within the next 12 months. I'd made a list last year, and I'd managed to get to seven of the 11 destinations listed on there. This year's will be a bit of … Continue reading My Bucket List for Europe — Part 4