The landscape of Cappadocia mainly lies in the Eastern part of Anatolia, the stunning rock formations were once molten lava cooled down and weathered over millennia. The resulting effects of rocky earth in a semi-arid region all endowed with fairy chimneys, towering palaces, and busy trails making the region the most Instagrammed place of all… Read More Cappadocia
Bursa was once a major capital of the Ottoman kingdom. It is today one of a centrepoint for the making of silk and Bursa silk is an extremely popular fabric not unlikely located on almost the end of the Silk Route! Bursa is known for its two features, the Grand Mosque of Bursa, it’s silk… Read More Bursa and the cats of Turkey!
A heavyweight city wedged between two continents, Istanbul is a heady concoction of several flavors all from not just different parts of the world but also from different timezones. The main part of the city or the old part of the city, the areas of Sultanahmet, the Beyoglu, Karakoy, Bebek and Taksim in the European… Read More Istanbul
The Bosphorus Strait divides the continents of Europe and Asia, also dividing Istanbul into its European side and its Asian side. It is the narrowest strait in the world used for navigation, and along with Dardanelles Strait in the end of the Sea of Marmara together they form the Turkish Straits. The Golden Horn or… Read More Bosphorous
The Mausoleum of Ataturk or Anitkabir is an ode to the Father of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal. It sits atop the Rasateppe or Observation hill in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, overlooking the rest of the city meeting eye-to-eye with the most modern developments in Ankara. It is a stunning piece of architecture that is regal… Read More Ankara
Early bird catches the worm. Well the phrase actually means that someone will have an advantage if they do something first, or before anyone else. But then right now I mean it literally. We entered the Hagia Sophia, also the Aya Sofya at 6 AM in the morning just after the morning prayers and that… Read More Hagia Sophia
Balloons are a thing of happiness, but a hot air balloon? Well it is sheer joy. Now little did I know that the Hot air balloon is first literally filled with a fan, then after a while or so, with heated air, giving it an endless supply of light air until the balloon fills up… Read More Hot Air Ballooning!
Don’t grieve, for what you lose comes around in another form. Now this was the first quote that I came across by Rumi, after all I suppose what I was seeking was seeking me, another quote by the master. Rumi found me when I was 26 years old, its astonishing that I had never heard… Read More Konya
Edirne is a city located in the European part of Turkey (a country that is demographically located between Europe and Asia, approximately 15% of the landmass of Turkey is in Europe and 85% of it is in Asia) in a region known as Thrace. It was once the capital of the Ottoman Empire, called Adrianopole,… Read More Endearing Edirne!
Shortly after recording the Around the World in 83 hours, my humble podcast that takes one around the world through conversations, I had quite the chance to visit Turkey, the land of Suleiman, the Magnificient, and Mehmed, the Conqueror. Located at the end of the Spice Route, (surprisingly not using any of the spices themselves,… Read More Turkish Delight!