The Archives of Traveling Turkey

I traveled Turkey for 2.5 months starting in the southeast, east, northeast, the black sea coast. Then traveled through the interior and up the coast to Istanbul. Turkey was the 5th country to travel.

Enjoy the 67 posts starting from the arrival in Turkey to the departure. I returned one year later from Bulgaria for 10 days with 3 more posts.

the blue mosque in istanbul

Known officially as the Republic of Turkey, this country is located in Western Asia in the Anatolian Peninsular in the continent of Eurasia. The official language is Turkish and most of its people are Muslim. Turkey is a country that has seen so many different cultures come through its borders that when you see all Continue Reading ...

Yesterday I arrived in Konya enjoying some excellent cuisine. I met a nice guy from Belgian that travels a month at a time to different locations. He traveled Iran and loved it, and interesting enough, visited Somalia aside from other locations. Taking the tram into town from the bus station, I met a very beautiful Continue Reading ...

Many readers might remember when I was in Urgup last year I posted a review on the Ailanpa Cafe & Wine House. I am back here enjoying grandmas home cooked traditional turkish cuisine Continue Reading ...

I crossed over the border to Turkey on Wednesday and arrived in Istanbul. I stayed two nights at a very loud hostel and took the 12 hour bus to Cappadocia. The border crossing was comical. The customs decided to check all the bags of the buses, we were held up at the border for two Continue Reading ...

I left Lebanon August 24 2008, I stayed in Syria for five nights transferring through to Turkey. From Aleppo I entered Turkey on August 29 2008. I hired a taxi in Aleppo for 500 SP to travel to Antakya; there was a 500 SP departure fee out of Syria. In Turkey I paid $20.00 for Continue Reading ...

The big dog—Zeus, the Archaeology Museum is the best of the Museums, except for in Egypt.Today is my one year anniversary from when I departed California, I have admit, time flies—it doesn’t seem like a year. Even so, I am very satisfied upon my progression of traveling. Although, I have only visited five countries—rich quality Continue Reading ...

I have arrived in Istanbul, at last. The landscape of Istanbul among the water is very delightful, everything I expected, even so, I am not a big fan of large cities, I do prefer the smaller towns. There is some hassle with people selling their goods, although it is much calmer than Egypt. Nobody bothers Continue Reading ...

I am sure most of you know the story of Troy. Because of the historian Homer and his poetic writing, the war between King Priam and the Achaeans is a story that has existed down to our era.Situated on the shores of the Dardanelles (in that era), strategically, Troy grasped control of the trade route Continue Reading ...

Heading out of Behramkale, I thought that visiting an island would be relaxing, and since there are only two islands of Turkey, I should visit one of the two. Bozcaada is one of the two islands that are of Turkey in the Aegean Sea. The boat trip is only 3 YTL, which is a big Continue Reading ...

Assos is an area where the sole Temple of Athena stood which was built in the Doric style. The top of the hill of the town provides excellent views of the coastline of Turkey. Along the hill there are good solid remains of the city walls. The theater is built at the bottom of the Continue Reading ...

Heading out of Selcuk, I contemplated to visit Pergamum, conveniently, Gram was heading that way and we invited a couple from California that lived in Oman for the last 13 months. After visiting the site, Gram dropped us off at the bus station and I caught a bus to Behramkale. I can say, Gram, who Continue Reading ...

I have had some situations develop lately. I have contacted the organic farm by phone in Israel for the month of December. We have confirmed the situation and I will have my own space with wireless Internet. They have had other Americans on their farm in the past, too. The farm is about twenty minutes Continue Reading ...

Someone said: “I have neglected that true purpose.”Rumi replied: When this thought enters a person’s mind and they criticize themself, saying, “What am I about, why do I do those things?” When this happens it is sure proof that God loves them, and cares for them. “Love continues so long as reprimands continue,” said the Continue Reading ...

I just added over 300 pictures to shutterfly.Along with visiting Didyma and the Temple of Apollo, Gram and I stopped at Miletus, once a major Roman city. A grand city is was that served as a harbor, the seashore is much further away today. During the time of the first century the great theater was Continue Reading ...

I arrived to Bozcaada two nights ago, one of the two inhabited islands belonging to Turkey. It is a pleasant, relaxed island. The tourism season is over, although a few pensions are open. This time of year Bozcaada is very lazy and quite, I can feel that my body needs rest, which I did take Continue Reading ...

During my stay in Selcuk, Gram the English guy, and I took a day trip to Didyma where the Temple of Apollo once existed.The ruins are spectacular within this singular Temple of Apollo where the oracle, similar to Delphi in Greece, once existed. Alexander the Great stopped here at the Temple of Apollo to receive Continue Reading ...

Pumukkale is well known for its brightly white calcium formations that are call the Travertine pools. Pumukkale means “Cotton Castle”, which is proper, the white hill viewed from a distance is unique. Tourism ruined the pools from the 1980’s and 90’s and now the Travertine pools are empty, many people are disappointed visiting the site Continue Reading ...

Just wanted to send a quick update where I have visited and where I am at in my time table.I left Kas after a three night stay and transferred through Fethiye to Pumukkale, I decided not to stay in Fethiye, although it is an area that is popular with tourists. In Pumukkale I spent two Continue Reading ...

Afrodisias is an archaeological site that many tourists have not heard of and is less crowded than Pumukkale. A city that dates back with continue settlements 5000 BCE—this isolated area, around the time of the 6th century, produced the temple of Aphrodite the love goddess, which correlates with Mut of Egypt, and Ishtar of Babylon....the Continue Reading ...

Kas is a beautiful area that is situated on the Mediterranean, and was once an area where the country sent political dissidents.Historically, Antiphellos is the Lycian town that was located here and only the theater remains. Though, the theater provides good views of harbor and the town of Kas.In the summer this place is overrun Continue Reading ...