There comes a time when everyone’s travel blog falls embarrassingly behind. I’m afraid Laughingabroad.com 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
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
Also leaving Turkey was a few kilometre long truck line up. We cleared Turkish customs, then Iranian customs. Things went well and we continued towards Tabriz, our first stop in Iran.
Today we are headed off the grid. Not sure if we will be able to update the blog for the next 25 days, but we are reachable by email. Stay tuned…
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.
Keeping with the wedding theme, though completely unrelated, I spotted a wedding dress store right next to a gun shop.
Turkish hospitality never ceases to amaze us. First and hopefully not the last wedding crash of the trip.
Some random turkish teenagers stopped us in our tracks to say hello, as if it were the first time they had ever seen westerners.
Picturesque town of Amasya, Turkey
Took this one a few weeks back in Pamukkale.