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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...

To Boracay or not to Boracay? | Philippines Destination Highlight

The first time I went to Boracay was back in 2008. It was serene and lovely. And much different than it was 20 years before then. And much different than it is now. Back in 1979, this is what Boracay looked like, local Negrito boys and one lone “tourist”: That same...

Adhan – The Call to Prayer || Little Things I Love About

It’s probably one of the most beautiful things I have heard. I first heard it when I was walking in Istanbul. Suddenly the Call to Prayer, or Adhan, came through speakers from all over and it literally stopped me in my steps. I will always remember that. (Click the photo...

Follow Your Heart to Morocco by Santana || Guest Review

One of my past guests, Suki, who has been to Turkey and then Morocco, invited a friend she had not seen for about 20 years, to experience Morocco with her. How cool is that? The first time you see each other is in Morocco?! It was so fun to watch them reconnect as we began our...

SİYAH ZEYTİN EZMESİ || Little Things I Love About Series

SİYAH ZEYTİN EZMESİ. Or Turkish Olive Paste. 🙂 I remember when I first tried it at breakfast in Istanbul, I was like, OH MY WORD, what is this goodness!?!? It wasn’t until my 4th visit that I finally got my act together and brought a few jars home with me to enjoy on...

Home cooked village meal, yes please! || Turkish Real Travel Experience

One of the beautiful things I love about our OLD VILLAGES itinerary is how we do many “local” things – wine tasting in a small village, wandering a coastal village, shopping in a mountain village. Villages. Turkey is FULL of them.  And one of my favorite...

Antalya – Gateway to the Turquoise Coast || Turkey Destination Highlight

Antalya is a resort destination in Southern Turkey and one we visit on our OLD VILLAGES Itinerary. As a gateway to its southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters, Antalya also has an “old city” down by the water (it was a major...

Berber Pizza in the Sahara Desert || Real Travel Experiences

We had been told that eating Berber pizza, or medfouna, in the desert was a must our FYH Morocco Team, Youssef, made sure of that. He took us to Cafe Nora Restaurant, which is well-known in the area. The buildings in the area are the same color as the desert, so if you...

Ait Ben Haddou – Ouarzazate | Morocco Destination Highlights

You have MOST probably seen Ait Ben Haddou, UNESCO World Heritage site, and you don’t even know it! Have you seen the movies Jewel of the Nile, The Last Temptation of Christ, Lawrence of Arabia or Gladiator? What about the series Games of Thrones? They have all used some...

Wandering through Castelluccio, Italy || Italy Destination Highlights

Umbria. Before my very first Follow Your Heart Travel Experience which was in Italy in 2010 to Umbria & Tuscany, I had not actually even heard of the province of Umbria. Bad, hey? But would await us would be a land of medieval walled villages on hills, and cobblestoned...
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