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Iole and her journey through Turkey! | Guest Review

Iole was my neighbor back in Burnaby, BC, Canada when we lived there. Her and her family had become fast friends and have been ever since we left BC in 2010. Her fiesty Italian nature that I adore, made having espresso and chats with her something looked forward to. When her...

Nar Suyu | Little Things I Love About

Pomegranates. They are EVERYWHERE in Turkey and so very in expensive that having a cup of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, or nar suyu, every day is actually affordable, not only great for you! And I have a glass as often as I can…one of the many things I love about...

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...

Staying “connected” while traveling | Travel Tips

Whether you are traveling solo or with a group, it’s inevitable that you will be keeping in contact with home, or loved ones. The Pinnacles Desert, Western Australia Almost everyone who travels has a smart phone of some sort…and there is always SOMEWHERE where there is some free...

A visit to the nomads of the Sahara Desert | Morocco Real Life Experience

When in Morocco and you have the opportunity and the time, one must visit the desert. Our Morocco Team Expert, Youssef, is a Berber and his family was nomadic in the desert growing up. His first hand experience was awesome and he took us to a wonderful Berber nomad family far in...

Usha’s Moroccan Birthday Celebration | Guest Review

One of the things I like to know when I am traveling with a small group is if there is a birthday of on of the guests while we are traveling together. When we were in Morocco, Usha’s birthday fell on the day we were in beautiful Essaouira, on the west coast. Youssef, our...

The Roman ruins of Volubilis, Morocco | Destination Highlights

We were eager to see these Roman ruins in Morocco…Volubilis is a partly excavated Berber and Roman city in north/central Morocco situated near Meknes between Fes and Rabat and commonly considered as the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauretania. The ruins remained fairly...

Why I Choose Airbnb | Travel Tips

I was first introduced to Airbnb by my friend Jeanie, when we were staying a few days after our Turkey Travel Experience back in 2013. We stayed in a really cute apartment and I couldn’t believe how inexpensive it was, as well as being so central to where we going to...

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,...

Hand of Fatima | Little Things I Love About

I have seen the Hand of Fatima, or Hamsa, many times before. But didn’t know the meaning of it or history. Fatima was the prophet Mohammed’s daughter and it is said that when you put the symbol of her hand on your door, or anywhere else, it does the same thing that the Greeks and...
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