Category Archives: Turkey

Visiting the Turkish Beaches

There comes a time when everyone’s travel blog falls embar­rass­ingly behind. I’m afraid is almost three months (maybe more?) behind. It’s not all bad, though, because there is some good news for our Cana­dian read­ers who, I under­stand, are knee high deep in snow already. Today we will be talk­ing about our visit to the beach(es).

In a coun­try where peo­ple say it is becom­ing more Mus­lim by the day, the last thing that comes to mind is lib­eral beaches.  But, Turkey’s beaches are famous for tiny biki­nis, drink­ing, and, well, for being very Euro­pean. Con­tinue read­ing

Helene’s Guide to Istanbul

Turkey Itin­er­ary: Istan­bul (8 days) -> Pam­mukale (3 days) -> Olu­d­eniz (4 days) ->
Olym­pos (6 days) -> Antalya (3 nights) -> Konya (3 days) -> Goreme (7 days) -> Amasya (3 days) -> Tra­b­zon (6 days) -> Erzu­rum (2 days) -> Kars (2 days) -> Van (4 days) -> Dogubayazit (1day)

Get In: Bus from Varna  $30 Euros/person
Stay: Air BNB room $20 EURO/night

A view of the spec­tac­u­lar Hagia Sophia


Nor­mally I like to tell a story about each city we visit, but recount­ing the 8 days we spent in Istan­bul day by day would be nearly impos­si­ble.  There are 2 rea­sons for this: firstly we were there nearly two and a half months ago (we’ve been really busy lately!) and sec­ondly because Istan­bul was jammed packed with activ­i­ties.   With­out fur­ther ado, I present to you my tips/tidbits to enjoy­ing Istan­bul and Turkey in general.

Look­ing mis­chie­vous in the Blue Mosque

The stun­ning inte­rior of the Blue Mosque

Con­tinue read­ing

Ancient Ruins of Ani

Ancient Ruins of Ani
Ani was an Armen­ian city that rests on the the Turk­ish side of the bor­der. It was once one of the largest cities in the world with a pop­u­la­tion of 100,000. Nick­named “The city of forty gates” and “The city of a thou­sand and one churches”, Today it is com­pletely aban­doned and all but a half dozen or so churches remain.