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Excavations at ancient city of Perge in Turkey celebrate 65 years

Excavations at ancient city of Perge in Turkey celebrate 65 years Archaeological excavations at the ancient city of Perge in southern Turkey have reached their 65th year, the Hürriyet Daily News reports. This makes them the longest-running excavations in a country with a wealth of ancient sites. Perge (aka Perga) is in Turkey's...

Ramazan pide: a Turkish tradition

Ramazan pide: a Turkish tradition We're halfway through the month of Ramadan (called Ramazan in Turkish), an important time for religious Muslims but also a time of many celebrations. Turkey is a largely secular country, thanks to founder Ataturk, who brought the country out of the Ottoman Empire into the...

Ramadan begins today: what travelers can expect

Ramadan begins today: what travelers can expect Today begins the Islamic holiday of Ramadan, a month long period of prayer and reflection, fasting and sacrifice, as well as feasting and acts of charity and kindness. Travelers should exercise extra patience and flexibility this month where Ramadan is celebrated, but...

Knocked up abroad: the baby-friendly difference

Knocked up abroad: the baby-friendly difference Me in Istanbul on Mother's Day, 7 months pregnant, with Dalin baby product mascot Just over two weeks ago, I made the leap from pregnant American in Istanbul to expat with child. My decision to have my first baby in a foreign country has been met with reactions...

Apostle Philip's tomb found in Turkey? Maybe not

Apostle Philip's tomb found in Turkey? Maybe not The news wires are humming with yet another spectacular archaeological discovery, this time of the tomb of the Apostle Philip. St. Philip was one of Christ's twelve apostles and is said to have been martyred and buried in Hierapolis, now Pamukkale in southwestern Turkey....

Turkish tea truck offers Istanbul version of food truck trend

Turkish tea truck offers Istanbul version of food truck trend The food truck craze is nothing new to many Americans. Long a popular foodie option in New York, Los Angeles, and even Cleveland, it's a food trend that's constantly evolving to bring new ideas and tastes to the, er, table. The Turkish food blog Istanbul Eats, who launched a...

Knocked up abroad: baby shopping in a foreign country

Knocked up abroad: baby shopping in a foreign country Knocked up abroad has been on a bit of a hiatus as my travel schedule has slowed and the due date has sped up. Feel free to catch up with posts on pregnancy travel, Turkish superstitions, medical care, and naming children. I'm into the final month of my pregnancy in...

Driving from Bangladesh to England in a classic Rolls Royce

Driving from Bangladesh to England in a classic Rolls Royce Rupert Grey and his wife Jan are preparing to make an epic road trip this September. The kind of road trip that we all dream about during which we leave our normal, mundane, lives behind in favor of the open road and untold adventures. In this case, our two intrepid...

VIDEO: Istanbul in 1967

As an expat in Istanbul, I enjoy seeing anything Turkey-related, and this vintage video of the former Constantinople is especially fun to see. Narrated by a droll British commentator, you travel over and around Istanbul, checking out some of the big sights such as Hagia...

Poison alcohol kills Russian tourists: three things they should have known

Poison alcohol kills Russian tourists: three things they should have known Poisonous alcohol has been blamed for the deaths of three Russians on a cruise off the Turkish resort of Bodrum. The Russians were part of a trip by travel agency managers exploring tourism possibilities in Turkey. In total, 20 Russians and one Turk were poisoned by the...

Last Kodachrome photos to be shown in Istanbul

Last Kodachrome photos to be shown in Istanbul Photography lovers might want to make a trip to Istanbul this summer to be the first in the world to see the last roll of Kodachrome photos on exhibit at the Istanbul Modern museum. As we reported in December, the film was discontinued in 2009 by Kodak due to the rise of...

Gallery: More travel sketches from BBC's Tim Baynes

Gallery: More travel sketches from BBC's Tim Baynes We wrote yesterday about Tim Baynes' delightful travel sketches from around the world on BBC and liked them so much we came back for more. You can (and should!) get lost for hours looking at his drawings on Flickr with fun anecdotes and scribbles bringing depth and humor...

How to be a good house guest when visiting a friend abroad

How to be a good house guest when visiting a friend abroad If you ever have a friend living abroad or meet someone traveling who extends you an invitation to come to their city, take advantage of the opportunity and go visit. Seeing the city with the help and knowledge of a local or native is invaluable, especially if they know you...

VIDEO: Chinese popcorn cannon

Don't have 5 minutes (cooking times may vary, wait until you hear 2-3 seconds between pops) to wait for microwave popcorn? Perhaps this Chinese popcorn cannon from the streets of Shanghai is fast enough for you - it just takes a few seconds, provided you have a serious...

Summer Travel: Turkey's Aegean coast

Summer Travel: Turkey's Aegean coast There must be something in the human brain that draws our species to the coast, be it a primitive desire to hunt and fish, or a hedonistic drive to worship the sun and sea. Either way, life always seems better near the water. One of our favorite coastlines may not be as...

Summer Travel: Exploring Cappadocia

Summer Travel: Exploring Cappadocia Disclaimer: Today's summer travel destination isn't exactly the most widely recognizable corner of the world. In fact, some of you seasoned travel vets out there might be scratching your heads and searching for the nearest world map. But we're guessing that after a few...

Summer Travel: Spotlight on Istanbul

Summer Travel: Spotlight on Istanbul Ask most travelers to list their favorite European cities, and they'll most likely feedback with the classics: Paris, Rome, Venice, Florence, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Munich and many others. But one destination that doesn't always make the list is not only the largest...

Become a monk or Muslim for a month

Become a monk or Muslim for a month If you really want to "go local" on your next vacation, have you considered changing your religion? A new program in Turkey offers guests a chance to be Muslim for a month in order to foster cultural awareness. The term month is used loosely - guests can choose from nine-...

Istanbul to get second Bosphorus with new canal project

Istanbul to get second Bosphorus with new canal project The US may be all abuzz about President Obama's birth certificate, but the big news in Turkey this week is the proposed Istanbul canal project to dig a second Bosphorus. Prime Minister Recep Erdogan's self-proclaimed "crazy" project would connect the Sea of Marmara with the...

The world's ten creepiest abandoned cities

The world's ten creepiest abandoned cities Some cities die. The people leave, the streets go quiet, and the isolation takes on the macabre shape of a forlorn ghost-town - crumbling with haunting neglect and urban decay. From Taiwan to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, these abandoned cities lurk...

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