Category: Turkey

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Ankara and Atatürk

The long drive from Cappadocia to Ankara was broken up with several stops to ease the monotony, so we finally arrived in the city centre in early afternoon. Our main focus today was visiting...

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Antalya and beyond

After a long coach journey from Pamukkale to Antalya, we were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves checked in to one of the better hotels on the Turquoise Coast of southern Turkey – the Akra...

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Pamukkale and Hierapolis

Looking like a white wonderland filled with multi-tiered wedding cakes, the fantastic landscape of Pamukkale near Denizli in western Turkey draws tourists by the thousands. The calcium-carbonate-rich waters that flow down the hillsides from...

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Izmir, Ephesus and Selçuk

Izmir is a very smart western city, the third biggest in Turkey, hugging the Gulf of Izmir on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Formerly known as Smyrna in ancient times, it gained power and...

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Troy and Pergamon – Fact and Fiction

We woke to rain, followed by thunder and lightning, but luckily it was  the only wet day we had in our fortnight’s holiday in Turkey. Today we were off to visit the ruins of...

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Gallipoli

The day began with a long drive from Istanbul down the European side of the Marmara Sea. We passed Gallipoli (Gelibolu) village which gives its name to the peninsula, but our main quest was...

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Istanbul – Where Europe and Asia Collide

In what other city could you do this – arrive in its European airport and later, depart from its Asian one? A city which has its roots in Asian history but a modern European outlook. A culture based on...