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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...

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,...

Nicole in Umbria & Tuscany | Guest Review

Nicole was just getting into photography when she came on our first Travel Experience to Italy in 2010. It was so awesome to see her capture the world around her as we traveled through the rolling hills of Tuscany and wandered the medieval towns of Umbria. I follow her today on...

The cobblestone streets of Stroncone | Italy Destination Highlight

It’s a quiet walled commune in Umbria. I would never have know about it had not my Italian brother and FYH Italy team Max and his family live just outside the walls, overlooking hills of olive trees.   When I say small, I mean population just over 4800. The younger...

Market Day in San Gimignano, Tuscany | Italy Real Travel Experience

We planned our week right when we were in Italy. Every Thursday in San Gimignano was “market day”. Every Thursday (Wednesday in case of a holiday) is an everything type market and then every Saturday, fruit and vegetable market (Friday in case of a holiday). It gives...

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...

La dolce far niente – Italy | Little Things I Love About

The first time I heard this Italian phrase was by my Italian brother and FYH Italy team, Max. We were in Cortona and we were eating some gelato on the stairs, watching the people pass by. He had said, “You from North America…you are always so “crazy busy” as you say…you need to...
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