Posts Categorized: Turkey

7 Turkish Foods You Have to Try

My favorite place about anywhere usually has to do with the food (duh). After I published this post about Seattle foods my mom even asked me if we did anything there but eat🙈 You need food for survival, ok!?!? Really though, trying new foods is one of life’s biggest-but-simplest pleasures and I think everyone should… Read more »

4 Must-See Mosques in Istanbul

One of the most impactful cultural experiences for me in Turkey was visiting mosques, especially in Istanbul. I’m not sure I’d ever even seen a mosque before this trip and I definitely hadn’t seen any as big and beautiful as those in Turkey. Although I’m not personally religious, I never felt any cultural shift when… Read more »

A Peek Inside the Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia

Without doubt, the Hagia Sophia has a place at the top of Istanbul’s “must see” list. Almost 1500 years old and having served three different religions under two different empires, it is brimming with history and a magnificent legacy. Construction began on the Orthodox cathedral in 532 at the order of Byzantine emperor Justinian I, and it… Read more »

A Peek Inside Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace was one of the top historical sites on my list for our Istanbul stay. Construction began in 1460 and was completed in 1478, and thereafter the palace served as the center of the empire for 400 years. As I’ve mentioned before, I love old places; it was exhilarating walking through a luxurious building that the… Read more »

Our Dream Date in Istanbul
Our Dream Date in Istanbul

Legend has it that long ago, a fortune teller prophesied to the king that his daughter would be killed by a snake on her 18th birthday. To shield her from this fate, he built the Maiden’s Tower in the middle of the Bosphorus, an isolated little island where she could live her life in safety…. Read more »

A Photo Tour of Ancient Ephesus
A Photo Tour of Ancient Ephesus

I know I can’t be alone when I say I feel like there’s a certain electricity that you can only find in historic places. It’s like you transcend time; you touch all of the centuries at once, you are one with the hundreds, thousands, millions of other people who have stood at that same spot… Read more »

Cesme, Turkey // A Beautiful, Beachy Paradise
Cesme, Turkey

We need to talk about Cesme, Turkey. Before our trip, Ilhan had told me about the beautiful beaches in Turkey…but I was so excited for Istanbul, the culture, the food, the ancient sites, that I forgot that we’d be beaching it up while in Izmir. Maybe it was also due to the fact that I… Read more »

Izmir, Turkey // City Snapshots
Izmir, Turkey

I was in love with Izmir, Turkey. It was so bright and full of life; the streets were bustling and busy, the restaurant patios were packed every single night of the week, and the city went all the way up to the rolling, crashing sea. I noticed it feeling so much more casual that Bursa… Read more »

Where to Get the Best Breakfast in Bursa, Turkey
Where to Get the Best Breakfast in Bursa, Turkey

One of my absolute favorite parts of traveling is all the eating (obviously). Trying a variety of new foods is so important to me that I invest hours before heading to a new place researching places to eat/types of local foods I just have to try (#notembarrassed). On top of that, I’m not a picky… Read more »

Onboard The World’s Longest Gondola Lift
Bursa Gondola Lift

When I was getting ready for our big trip to Turkey, taking a ride on the world’s longest gondola lift definitely wasn’t something I anticipated doing. Not because it wasn’t interesting to me…but because I had no idea such an attraction could be found in Turkey! Who keeps track of where long gondola lifts are… Read more »