Izmir’s Velvet Castle: Kadifekale | Turkey Destination Highlight

Kadifekale (The Velvet Castle) is an castle on a hill which is carrying the same name in Izmir. Both the hill and the castle were named Pagos  in pre-Turkish times and by the local Greeks in modern times. The summit where the castle is found is located at a distance of about 2 km...

Wandering the Galata Fish Market |Turkey Real Travel Experience

An iconic photo you may see when you google about Istanbul is fishermen fishing off the Galata Bridge. Every day there are men, and sometimes their young boys, fishing off the side of the bridge.  I love to stand and watch the fishermen – their techniques, smile a little,...

A Cuppa Çay | Little Things I Love About

Çay, or tea, is a major part of Turkish life. I was told by my Turkish brother and FYH Turkey team partner Cem, that on average, Turks drink up to 7lbs of it a year! The regular black Turkish tea is what is most common. The make it by having a double tea pot or a caydanlik – the...

Kurnsulu Waterfalls – Antalya | Turkey Destination Highlight

I’m not sure what I love more about the Kurnsulu Waterfalls – the actual gorgeous waterfalls themselves, the tranquil grounds surrounding them, or the local lady who makes the best gozleme and ayran that I get for lunch after the walk around the park & falls! Either way,...

Jeanie in Turkey | Guests Review

When my best friend from Vancouver told me her and her man were going to join me on my first Travel Experience to Turkey, I was thrilled! We were on a biblical itinerary but it was filled with so much culture and history that it was just as enjoyable for someone who wasn’t in...

The Grand Bazaar – Shopping Mecca || Istanbul, Turkey Destination Highlight

We have seen it in movies and shows on TV…it’s all over the internet too. But until you actually step foot into the old bazaar, it doesn’t seem like it can actually be true. It began being built in 1455 and completion was finally in 1730, the Grand Bazaar or Kapalıçarşı. in...

The House of Mary – Turkey || Destination Highlight

The house of Mary. The house where the virgin is said to have lived in her later years after Jesus was born. The grounds are beautiful, and the house is very humble yet serene. Along with the home of Mary, there are fountains of “Holy water”, as well as places to write prayers...

Turkey – Always a rich Travel Experience! || Destination Highlights

Turkey has been in the news headlines lately – and for all the wrong reasons, in my opinion. As a frequent traveler to Turkey, not once have I felt unsafe. Whether in Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia or a rural village. Turks are some of the warmest and most beautiful people I...

Goreme, Cappadocia || Turkey Destination Highlight

Goreme is located in Cappadocia and is one of the many little towns in which you really need to wander when in the region. The charm as well as the history of the area is gorgeous. From the Goreme open air museum where the Fairy Chimneys are, to the small locals shops and carpet...

Glass making in Şirince, Turkey || Turkey Travel Experience

Şirince – known as a wine village with all its fruit trees that bear some most delicious fruit trees and bushes. The history of Şirince goes something like this: it was formed when people were fleeing Ephesus. They settled in the mountains and named the village Cirkince...