Welcome to Turkey, one of the largest countries in the world. I traveled to Turkey this past summer in July. My journey started in the magnificent city of Istanbul. I spent 2 nights in the Hamidiye hotel. This hotel had a quaint little pool to cool down in. The smell of hookah filled the air reminding me I am in a Mediterranean culture. I made the classic visits to the Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia an the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you can find anything imaginable from spices to expensive jewelry. However, the bazaar has become a tourist trap, almost no locals shop here. For a more authentic locals experience, go to the Spice Market for handcrafted goods. Make sure you have baklava (pictured above), a specialty pastry. One of my favorite day trips, was Pergamon and the Acropolis. This ancient city is a must see for architectural ruins and breathtaking views.
The next village I visited was gorgeous Kusadasi along the Aegean coast. I love big cities like Istanbul, but living in New York City, I appreciate lush beach towns and country towns, which made Kusadasi a highlight of my trip. Here, I stayed at the Arora hotel. My room had a great view of the pool , sea, mountains and village, absolutely breathtaking. One night, they had amazing fire performing artists who put on a spectacular show for the guests. This hotel has two pools, one in the sun and one across the street that is more shaded which made for a less crowded pool area. My days spent here were bliss. Needless to say, I have fallen in love with Turkey. Here's to many more Turkish adventures!
Until Next Time,
Out and about in Istanbul
Inside the Grand Bazaar
A nice rooftop bar
The cleanest subway tracks I have ever seen!
The famous Blue Mosque
Turkish Tea; a must!
Pool club on the water
An ancient pillar in the acropolis, magnificent
|One of the steepest theaters in Pergamon|
|Taking in the View of Acropolis|
I was in awe of the details on this pillar in the Acropolis
Heading over to the Asian side of Turkey.
Acres and acres of sunflowers dot the country.
Visiting Desen Carpet Weavers Association
Rugs galore, all hand made!
Making a carpet is hard work, here I take a stab at it.
One of the world's most expensive carpets.
The ruins of Ephesus
So this is how they went to the bathroom in Ephesus...!
|The beach in Kusadasi|
|Cappuccino time by the water|
Arora hotel room view.
Waking up to this was bliss.