What to Do in Istanbul?

Known as Byzantium or Constantinople, Istanbul is the city that has been the link between Europe and Asia for more than 1,500 years. It connects the two continents from an economic, cultural and political aspect. With a long past and rich varied…

Bits of Turkey: Samples of a Great Travel Destination

I felt a twinge of longing and excitement when I saw the advertisement reading, “Holidays to Turkey.”  Turkey is part of the three-way tie at the top of my travel wish list.  It is also, the number one place that I’ve been too, but would…
Troodos Mountains

Guide to Cyprus for the Fanny Pack Tourist

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Cyprus captivates all its visitors right from the get-go with a kaleidoscopic mixture of cultures, history and beauty of all the surrounding countries it lies within. So as the unique past of the island itself is intertwined with Greek mythology,…
Shopkeepers in Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

The ‘Where are you from?’ Culture

Istanbul is no doubt a great place for shopping. Have a walk in the Grand Bazaar, a virtual labyrinth of fascinating shops; it’s easy to be drawn by the carpets, copper and brassware, jewelry and all kinds of ceramics. Hmm, no. My story…