Cappadocia in a Day

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When planning our trip to Istanbul, we looked to other places we could possibly squeeze in during our limited time. Weighing the options - we decided to pick between Pammukale and Cappadocia. While both places looked absolutely incredible, we ended up opting for Cappadocia as there seemed to be more to do than just the hot air balloon ride that we were dreaming about. To get to Cappadocia from Istanbul we flew out of the SAW airport to Kayseri. Other options are IST to Nevsehir or a … [Read more...]

Staying in a Cave Hotel

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Upon arriving in Cappadocia, our hotel, Esbelli Evi, arranged for a shuttle to pick us up from the airport. Buses run into the city, but if you can find a shuttle that will take you directly to your hotel - it'll cut out the frustration of getting lost in a foreign city with your luggage. The shuttle took awhile as we waiting for everyone to load in, (probably a solid 45 minutes) but once we got on our way - anticipation and excitement set in, and also a bit of dread. Dread - because we began to … [Read more...]

Back Lot Tour in Cappadocia

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In travel, and in life, one has to learn to go with the flow and things don't always work out as planned. Sometimes it's better to go in without expectations, that way one doesn't miss out on the present moment by comparing to what it could have been. Keeping this in mind, we tried to let go of the dream of flying over Cappadocia via hot air balloon and just go with it. Still in a bit of a stupor and researching where to go and what to see, we received a call from the staff letting us know … [Read more...]

Good Eats in Cappadocia

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As we headed out for dinner, we ran into our new friend - Tom Brosnahan, whom we had met earlier in the day. Tom, an American, who spends a good portion of his time in Turkey now, is a travel writer, guidebook author, photographer, website developer, and consultant on travel information -- so I was extremely excited to pick his brain. Tom arrived in Turkey as a Peace Corps Volunteer at the beginning of the 1970's and fell in love with the country. Through his adventures there, he authored one of … [Read more...]

Best ‘Home-Cooked’ Meal in Istanbul

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Food has become an ever-increasingly important aspect of travel and it's hard to deny that a country's cuisine has as much to say about itself as any historical site or museum. Istanbul is no exception to this as every restaurant, dish and delectable bit creates a beautiful tapestry that illustrates the soul of the people. After watching Anthony Bourdain's version of Istanbul, Kelsey and I were craving for an authentic and home-cooked meal, to dine with locals and really dig deep into the … [Read more...]

Sirkeci Mansion – Istanbul

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Staying at the Sirkeci Mansion was like staying at a palace, a really, really friendly palace that smelled like a spa. Everywhere we turned, the staff was there to greet us with a genuinely friendly smiles. From the first point of communication by e-mail - I was sent a detailed description of ideas for possible itineraries and offerings, which only made me more excited for the trip to Istanbul. Getting there: Upon arriving in Istanbul, Kelsey and I had a slight idea of which direction we … [Read more...]

Istanbul Inspiration

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Growing up, whenever August would roll around and the promise of the new school year was just around the corner, I would become giddy with excitement and start planning out every little thing. What would I wear the first day of school? Which Jansport backpack should I get that I would still like by Spring? How many folders and notebooks should I get (and realistically actually carry with me)? Those pre-school jitters that began to rush in and become the focal point of my attention have yet to … [Read more...]