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The Love Boat Makes Final Voyage

The Love Boat Makes Final Voyage StefanoF, Flickr The iconic MS Pacific, better known as "The Love Boat," has made her final voyage. Purchased for 2.5 million euro by a Turkish ship recycling company and taken to a scrapyard on the Aegean Sea coast of Turkey, the cruise ship will be stripped for metal...

Great Comeback Cities For Travel

Great Comeback Cities For Travel Flickr, Michigan Municipal League Recently, the former automotive boomtown of Detroit made history by filing for bankruptcy, making it an easy butt of jokes on Twitter and in the news. However, Motown has also been making strides to become America's great comeback city, with...

Photo Of The Day: Summer By The Seaside

Photo Of The Day: Summer By The Seaside Matt Shalvatis We like to find unusual and impressive photos to share for the Photo of the Day posts, bringing you to exotic and interesting places you don't see every day. But sometimes, we just like pretty pictures. This shot from Flickr user Matt Shalvatis is the perfect...

Video: Spinning Gold In Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

Earlier this year in Istanbul, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a man who spins gold thread at the Grand Bazaar. His noisy workshop is tucked into a courtyard off one of the bazaar's main "streets," past a few jewelry kiosks and before a reasonably clean but squat-style...

Apply Online For A Turkish Visa

Apply Online For A Turkish Visa Meg Nesterov If you've visited Istanbul or any of the country of Turkey in the past, you had to stand in line to buy a tourist visa sticker (in cash only, payable in USD or Euro) before getting in a longer line to get through border control and out of the airport. If you...

The Gatekeepers Of Asia: Face To Face With The Border Guards Of The Far East

The Gatekeepers Of Asia: Face To Face With The Border Guards Of The Far East estetika, Flickr In the West, randomness is a crucial, torturous pillar of border security. Those who have been to Asia know that active sadism is supplanted by bureaucracy, vanity and venality. In my opinion these are highly preferable alternatives. Once you know how land...

Turkey Offers Moustache Transplant Surgery Vacation Packages

Turkey Offers Moustache Transplant Surgery Vacation Packages We've all heard of medical tourism in which travelers head abroad to get liposuction or a nose job and then recuperate on the beach – but have you ever heard of a mustache transplant vacation? Cosmetic surgeons in Turkey have been performing hair transplants on...

A Cast-Iron Church In Istanbul

A Cast-Iron Church In Istanbul This church on the shoreline of Istanbul looks ornate yet pretty normal – that is until you go up and take a closer look. The Bulgarian St. Stephen Church isn't made of stone but rather of cast iron. It's a rare survival of a 19th-century craze in prefab cast-iron...

Ani, The Ghost City

Ani, The Ghost City Ask someone to name tourist draws in Turkey and you'll get the obvious: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Galipoli, maybe the beaches of Antalya. Some more familiar with the country might offer up the bizarre calcium cascades of Pamukkale, or the monstrous gods' heads sculptures on...

5 Countries That Are Great Alternatives To Their Crowded Neighbors

5 Countries That Are Great Alternatives To Their Crowded Neighbors It's the great hypocrisy in the mind of every traveler that they want to tour a place free from other tourists. Grumbling that a place is overcrowded isn't without grounds, though. Who hasn't wanted to pull a Dr. Manhattan on the tour groups that take group photos with...

5 Destinations For Excellent Coffee Culture

5 Destinations For Excellent Coffee Culture Cafes are often a travelers hub, not just because you can kill your jetlag with a cup of espresso, but because they are inevitably the place where you go to sit and do some people watching and, while you're at it, take a moment to get immersed in the local coffee...

Not Constantinople: 9 Misconceptions About Istanbul, Turkey

Not Constantinople: 9 Misconceptions About Istanbul, Turkey The country of Turkey has been getting a lot of bad press this year, due to the tragic disappearance and murder of American Sarai Sierra in Istanbul, and the suicide bombing at the U.S. Consulate in Turkish capital city Ankara, which was quickly linked to a Marxist group...

Meet The American Man Who Is Walking Across Turkey

Meet The American Man Who Is Walking Across Turkey Matt Krause swears that he isn't crazy. But some of his friends and family members would beg to differ, even though the 43-year-old California native has safely completed two-thirds of a 1,305-mile walk across Turkey. I read about Krause's plan to cross Turkey on foot in...

GeoEx Introduces 5 New Adventurous Destinations For 2013

GeoEx Introduces 5 New Adventurous Destinations For 2013 As one of the best adventure travel companies on the planet, GeoEx (formerly Geographic Expeditions) is always looking for opportunities to visit new and unique destinations. For 2013, they've added five such places to their line-up, giving travelers a chance to explore the...

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013 Have you ever landed in a place to find out you arrived just after the town's can't-miss event of the year? Well, hopefully that won't happen again this year. Gadling bloggers racked their brains to make sure our readers don't overlook the best parties to be had...

VIDEO: Turkish Tannenbaum

"On Tane Baum in Istanbul" from Manzara Istanbul on Vimeo. Want to feel some holiday warm and fuzzies? Take a few minutes to enjoy this Turkish video from Manzara Istanbul, a vacation apartment rental agency in Turkey's most popular city. The agency is run by a...

Video Of The Day: Dozens Of Balloons Over Cappadocia, Turkey

This video is a short but sweet time-lapse from Cappadocia, Turkey, where dozens of hot air balloons appear to bounce around like rubber toys as they hover over the region's famous chimney rock formations. Although balloons depart daily here, passengers certainly get...

Photo Of The Day: Woman Feeding The Pigeons

Photo Of The Day: Woman Feeding The Pigeons Some travel moments just beg to be captured on film. Take this photo of a Turkish woman on the steps of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. She sits calmly in a sea of pigeons, looking off to a point beyond the photo's boundaries. Her bright blue headscarf stands out...

Gadling Contributors' Favorite Restaurants Of 2012

Gadling Contributors' Favorite Restaurants Of 2012 I take pictures of my food at restaurants. Do you hate me now? Yeah, I thought so. I do it because I'm a food writer and I use the photos to jog my memory when I'm writing about a restaurant. But also sometimes I do it for the same reason a lot of other people do:...

Giant Roman Mosaic Discovered In Turkey

Giant Roman Mosaic Discovered In Turkey A team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has discovered an impressive Roman mosaic at a little-known site in Turkey. The 1,600-square-foot work is part of the forecourt of a Roman bath at the ancient city of Antiochia ad Cragum on the southern Turkish coast. The...

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