Turkey : Reading List

I love reading books about different cultures and places.  Before I travel, I read about where I’m going- contemporary authors, short stories, non-fiction, and historical fiction.  It’s the best way to learn about a place, then it’s more exciting when you actually get to go there and see it in real life Turkey has a […]

Topkapı Palace

The Topkapı palace is the oldest and largest palace in the world to survive to this day.  It was a resident for the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years.  The palace is situated right on the Bosphorus river, with a gorgeous view of the city, river, Marmara sea, and the Golden Horn.  The sprawling complex has […]

Sultan Ahmet Mosque

The ‘Blue Mosque’ is in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul and was built in the early 1600s.  It is a functioning mosque, but they allow tourists in to parts of it.  It was gorgeous inside, with intricate mosaic tilework and grand domed ceilings with huge chandeliers.  I’ve heard it gets crowded, but we arrived a […]

Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale means ‘cotton castle’ and refers to the beautiful white travertine rock terraces created by the natural hot springs there.  People have bathed in the pools for thousands of years, and the Romans even built the ancient spa town (first spa town?) of Hierapolis.  The hot spring pools that cover the mountainside are still intact, and […]

Bodrum, Turkey

Bodrum is a sleepy little beach town on the Turquoise coast of Turkey.  The water there is a brilliant clear blue-green, and the scenery is just as stunning.  The town is full of cute little shops and restaurants.  We took the ferry there from Kos, then had a romantic dinner on the beach of beef […]


Istanbul is such a beautiful city.  It’s split in two by the Bosphorus river, making it on two continents. THINGS TO DO IN ISTANBUL: Visit the Topkapi palace, Blue mosque, and the Hagia Sophia. At the least. There are so many beautiful historical buildings there. Go to a haman, the traditional Turkish bath! Take a […]

Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

The Grand Bazaar was as grand as we imagined it- a riot of color, texture, and exotic smells.  There were Turkish towels everywhere, bright lanterns, tons of jewelry, unfamiliar sweets and spices, and everything else you could think of.  It is the one of the largest indoor bazaars and the world’s first shopping mall.  There […]