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Zafer Bayramı – Turkish Victory Day

Each year on August 30th the Turkish Republic celebrates an important national holiday: Zafer Bayramı – Victory Day. The holiday is dedicated to the Turkish Armed Forces. What Happens On Victory Day? If you’re in the country for Zafer Bayramı, don’t be surprised to see an abundance of Turkish flags flying from people’s balconies as …

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Fethiye Archaeological Museum – Make Time To Visit

If you didn’t already know our town of Fethiye has a museum, you could go for years visiting the area and never come across the unassuming premises. Tucked away on a side street opposite a school, the single storey concrete building resembles many of the other smaller municipality buildings in town. And it’s not as …

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Antioch Of Pisidia – Ancient History And Untold Stories Away From The Madding Crowd

Sitting above the northwest corner of Eğirdir Lake in the Isparta Province of Turkey lie the ruins of Antioch Of Pisidia. We were in Eğirdir to finally experience the beauty of the vast lake and the mountain scenery. As well as Turkey’s spectacular lakeland scenery, we were also there for the culinary experience – Lake …

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Exploring Ancient Patara, Turkey – Ruins And Beach Combined

Mention Patara, Turkey, to someone and chances are, if they know the south coast of the country, they’ll immediately have an image of Patara Beach. And why wouldn’t they? 18 uninterrupted kilometres of soft, golden sand, tumbling sand dunes and shallow waters. Heavenly… Exploring Patara, Turkey We’ve got a big soft spot for this area. …

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Sagalassos Ruins – Explorations Of A Remarkably Preserved Ancient City

It was August, 2008 when the news hit. International news! A huge intact head and lower leg from a statue of Marcus Aurelius had been uncovered by archaeologists at the ancient city of Sagalassos. The height of the complete statue would be 15 feet. We knew of the existence of the Sagalassos ruins in the …

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The Ancient Kaunos Ruins – A Must See When In Dalyan

There’s much to see and do in Dalyan. And high up on your itinerary should be an exploration of the ancient ruins of Kaunos. On the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List since 2014, the Kaunos ruins date from various periods. A real treat for history enthusiasts. But, as well as losing yourself in the ancient …

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A Journey Through The Ancient Ruins Of Ephesus

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. First stop for the day, the magnificent ruined city of Ephesus. The day before, we’d clambered around the travertines of Pamukkale and explored the haunting ruins …

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

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. The more we visit ancient sites, the more we realise we need to keep returning. Those finer details that you miss as you …

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Book Review: Mezze – Small Plates To Share By Ghillie Başan

‘Mezze – Small Plates To Share,’ is a book packed with recipes by award winning, Cordon Bleu trained cookery writer, broadcaster and journalist, Ghillie Başan. The best food should always carry with it stories and happy memories of life events, travels, chance meetings, making new friends or spending quality time with old friends and family. …

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The Zeki Müren Arts Museum – Honouring A Turkish Superstar In Bodrum

Have you ever been to the Zeki Müren Arts Museum in the centre of Bodrum? If you have, then you’ll recognise the photos and some of the stories we’re about to relay here. If not, then let us tell you about this fantastically famous Turkish icon and why we decided to go and visit his …

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