A Journey Through The Ancient Ruins Of Ephesus

The day before, we'd clambered around the travertines of Pamukkale and explored the haunting ruins of Hierapolis. After a good night's sleep and a breakfast to set us up for the day, we once again hit the road for the short 2 hour drive towards Selçuk. And, first stop for the day, the magnificent … [Read more...]

Hierapolis Of Phrygia – A Fascinating Ancient World Of Possibles And Maybes

The more we visit ancient sites, the more we realise we need to keep returning. Twice we've been to Hierapolis, and, after doing research for this article, I'm very keen for us to get back there and hunt out all the little details I've come across online. Those finer details that you miss as you … [Read more...]

Return To Pamukkale – Turkey’s Cotton Castle

The world famous Pamukkale travertines; it's been a funny old relationship we've had with one of Turkey's tourism poster sights. Back in 2004, we did an independent trip to Ephesus, staying in the town of Selçuk for a couple of nights. Well, you don't miss the opportunity to follow the well trodden … [Read more...]

Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi, Istanbul – Turkey’s Number 1 Köfte?

Look up the English translation of the Turkish word, 'meşhur' and you'll see it means 'renowned, famous or well known.' Well, then, guess it was finally time we sampled the köfte at this 'renowned,' establishment, Filibe Köftecisi in the Sirkeci area of Istanbul. Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi, … [Read more...]

Lunching On Eel At Çeri Restaurant – Lake Bafa Nature Park

We were on a road trip around the southwest corner of Turkey. Having left the pretty town of Selçuk, we decided to head back to Fethiye via the longer route mainly because we wanted to witness Lake Bafa for ourselves. It was never going to be a long stay around the lake - just a pass by - so this … [Read more...]

A Walk To Gümbet From Bodrum – And Some Windmills, Too

We'd eyed the crumbling windmills that watch over the harbour and the Aegean on previous stops in Bodrum and kept saying we'd make it up there one day. Although decaying, they stand stout - a neat row along the crest of the hill. The views must be fantastic, we thought. Over the other side, the … [Read more...]

Dantel Pension, Antalya – Cosy Kaleiçi Digs

Clean room? Check. Comfy bed? Check. Decent breakfast? Check. In a good spot? Check. Great for our budget? Check. Yeah, these are all the things we look for when we're booking our digs for any little jaunt we do and Dantel Pension in Antalya's old town, Kaleiçi, ticked all of our boxes. Whenever … [Read more...]

In Antalya? Don’t Miss Karaalioğlu Park

The more we visit the southern Mediterranean city of Antalya, the more we love it. That's the beauty of slow travel. We get more of a feel for what makes a place tick. Rather than racing around, ticking places off in a 'been there, done that, time to move on' fashion, you get to sink yourself into a … [Read more...]

Şehzade Cağ Kebabı – Happy Memories Of The East In Istanbul

Food that's memorable for all the right reasons; it's a matter of opinion, of personal experience. For us, our happiest foodie moments in Turkey are ones where the dish is simple, full of flavour, a texture that marries with the food we're eating...and it's often a dish that gives you a happy glow, … [Read more...]

Haydarpaşa Cemetery – A Piece Of Commonwealth History In Istanbul

It's the joy of cities isn't it? We'd never pretend to be experts on Istanbul but we like to think we have a rough idea of the lay of the land following our numerous visits over the years. But with cities the size of Istanbul, there's always going to be great little surprises in store. We were both … [Read more...]