Explore the treasures Turkey has to offer
The coast of Turkey is on the Mediterranean, so the water is warm and sapphire-blue, the sand is glistening white and the sun shines intensely--this is Turkey at its most tropical. But the celebrated city of Istanbul (formerly the scholarly, Byzantine metropolis, Constantinople) really steals the show. Packed with striking mosques, ancient buildings, markets with craftsmen selling their merchandise, restaurants serving unforgettable food, and beautiful, cozy backstreets… it is simply brimming with life. Cruise down the Bosporus…stare in awe over the plains of Mesopotamia…fly over the unsurpassable landscape of Cappadocia in an air balloon…you’ll never be bored in Turkey.
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Turkey Fast Facts
Location: Southeastern Europe, between Bulgaria and Georgia, bordering the Mediterranean and Aegean
Climate: Temperate; hot, dry summers; mild, wet winters
Country Code: 90
Time Zone: GMT+2
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- Troglodyte Homes: Around the World…and Underground
Posted on November 18, 2013 by International Living
The accepted story goes that as humankind progressed over the millennia, we abandoned our cave shelters in favor of constructed homes. But plenty of folks still live in dwellings carved out of volcanic rock, into mountains, rocky hillsides, cliffs, or quarries. And they aren’t living a primitive life in caveman-style homes, either (though they are referred to as “troglodyte” homes).
Called the “Turquoise Coast,” the water really is turquoise—usually a brilliant shade of the color. You may argue that it’s cyan, azure, or a shade of blue-green, but you won’t dispute its beauty. If you like sailing, you will love it here. Until the 1970s, access to most villages was by sea only. There are still beaches and hidden spots you won’t reach without a boat. You can easily and affordably take a cruise aboard a traditional wooden gulet (a type of sailboat), or charter one and go it alone.
The earrings are from Hong Kong’s jade market. I bought the fedora hat at a Christmas market in Berlin, the boots from Malaga in Spain, and the shimmering scarf at Otavalo market in Ecuador—one of the largest indigenous markets in South America. You might call it eclectic fashion indulgence. I call it research.
- Under Canvas and on Foot: Exploring the Turquoise Coast
Posted on August 20, 2013 by Eoin Bassett
You’ll find alpine idylls, upland meadows, and trout-filled mountain lakes. Hiking and horseback riding through the pine forests are popular pastimes, and if you like climbing, some of the peaks are 10,000 feet high.
- One City, Two Continents…Istanbul for Modern Adventurers
Posted on June 27, 2013 by Eoin Bassett
Looking down at Istanbul as night crept in and my plane circled over the city I’ll admit I gasped. Because Istanbul is breathtaking. Snaking in a black line through the pulsing lights below lay the Bosphorus—the narrow straits dividing Asia and Europe.
I wake up and glance over at my wall calendar—no deadlines for the rest of the week. Time for the beach! Or maybe I could work on my novel. But it’s such good weather, what about another day trip? Welcome to the life of a freelance writer where every day is wide open, and every day is yours.
Europe’s buzzing boho center, Berlin, bursts into life this month with the Carnival of Cultures. Thousands of performers will take to the streets and stages of the German capital to entertain over a million revelers. The party starts May 25.
Earlier in the month, Cinco de Mayo (May 5) takes place all over Mexico, especially the U.S. border towns. The day commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Puebla, a city and state in the south, has the best parades in the country.
Despite the early hour, Kurdish villagers are laughing merrily in the tea rooms around the city’s cattle market. The morning is cool and scented with rain. As I lift our bags onto the train I see that a family of Yörük nomads has pitched its tent opposite the station. The women are out front picking through wool shorn from their small ﬂock. They’ll use this to weave the carpets sold in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul…which is where we’re headed.
The monumental ruins of four different empires line its busy streets. Beside trafﬁc lights and tram stops you’ll ﬁnd the marble columns of triumphal arches, Roman aqueducts, and the overgrown tombs of Ottoman court ofﬁcials.
Imagine sipping hot apple tea with shopkeepers in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey… bargaining for beautiful handicrafts and textiles… exploring a 11,000-year-old temple—one of the world’s first—at Gobekli Tepe in the country’s southeast… then hitting the Aegean coast to check out ancient cities of the Roman Empire… That’s what Celeste Nossiter is doing in May 2012… and she isn’t paying a dime.
- Take a Yacht and Sail into Retirement on the Mediterranean
Posted on October 27, 2011 by Carol Witt
The only sounds are waves lapping against the hull and the occasional ﬂ ap of a sail as it captures the gentle breeze. Gliding through the turquoise waters of the Aegean aboard our yacht Destiny, we’re leaving the Greek island of Milos and heading west into the southern Ionian Sea. Our next destination is Elafonisos, one of the largest inhabited islands in the Peloponnese, known for its sandy beaches.
- Hidden Gems: Travel Like a Local to Inspire Your Inner Pathfinder
Posted on February 14, 2011 by International Living
The thrill of travel isn’t hitting every spot in your guidebook. It’s discovering the “hidden gems” off the tourist trail that have never been documented.
Here you’ll find some wonderful recommendations for places to eat…spots to visit…and ways to enjoy destinations all over the world. They’re all finds our writers have discovered on the ground. We share them with pleasure…from our insiders’ notebook to yours…
Investors who bought into the Chinese growth story early have done spectacularly well. Over the past five years the iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index (NYSE:FXI), an index that tracks China’s 25 largest companies available to international investors, is up almost 110%. Today, a “little China” has emerged. And it promises to make investors equally dazzling returns.
The big news this week is the bailout of Ireland by the European Union and the IMF. Ireland’s problem is straightforward: the liabilities of its banks exceed the assets of the state. Put simply, the country is broke.
When you think of “emerging markets” you probably think of places like China, Brazil and India. These places are certainly booming. But there’s another part of the emerging world that is in full flight now – and that’s Europe.
- In the Land of the Amazons: Turkey’s Black Sea Coast
Posted on August 27, 2010 by Eoin Bassett
Towering mountains sweep down to the sea. High on the steep, green slopes, chalet-style houses keep watch over tea and hazelnut plantations.
- Shop for fun in Istanbul: Make 150% profit by selling your Turkish treasures back home
Posted on November 25, 2008 by International Living
What can you do with a nazar boncuk? Well, if you own a “magickal apothecary” website in California, you’ll tell buyers it offers psychic protection, and you’ll charge them $8.
- Made in Turkey—import-export opportunities that can triple your money back home
Posted on October 28, 2008 by Steenie Harvey
“The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold…his cohorts gleaming in purple and gold.”
No sheen of spears, thankfully. However, this baggy-trousered trader has gold teeth and wears a lavender headscarf the size of a tablecloth. Is he descended from Assyrians?
- Make 57% Profits With Turkish Import-Export Delights
Posted on September 22, 2008 by International Living
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