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Exploring the Coast of Turkey From Selcuk to Antalya

(Photo of a Lycian Tomb Near Kekova by Neil Roach) Turquoise water. Ottoman architecture. Lycian tombs. Roman ruins. Amanda Lobell and Neil Roach found all that and more when they traveled along the gorgeous Turkish coast. Following a week in Istanbul and Cappadocia, they flew to Izmir to visit the incredible ruins of Ephesus (which […]

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Turkey’s Uchisar Castle Totally Rocks

When I went to Cappodocia, the central region of Turkey whose landscape resembles the American Southwest, I stayed in the town of Goreme, which is famous for the “painted churches” at the Goreme Open-Air Museum. From behind my hotel, Sultan Cave Suites, I could easily see Uchisar Castle (pictured above), which is in the next […]

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How to Take a Very Quick Trip to Asia for Just $3

Separated by the Bosphorus, the city of Istanbul spans two continents: Europe and Asia. Like most tourists, we stayed on the European side, specifically in the Sultanahmet, which is the historic center. But we were excited to venture over to Asia, so we caught the ferry at Galata Bridge to the neighborhood of Uskadar. It […]

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The Basilica Cistern in Istanbul: Cool on the Inside, Not So Much on the Outside

From the outside, the Basilica Cistern (pictured above) doesn’t look very exciting — especially compared to other dramatic historical sites in the Sultanahmet district of Istanbul — but it’s pretty neat on the inside. You enter the modest building, buy your ticket (10 TL) and immediately descend down a steep flight of stairs to see […]

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