The Beautiful Heart of Turkish People

Storytime After landing at the airport in Izmir, we headed to the train station which was conveniently located at the airport (ahem, take note Toronto). Our hotel confirmation indicated that the the closest subway station to the hotel was Basmane station, which was only a “15 minute” train ride from the airport. As we bought our …

Lunch at Sultanahmet Koftecisi

One of the things that enhances Turkey’s experience is that it’s very affordable. Accommodation, transportation and food is cheap, and that is the reason we stumbled upon this little kofte (kebab) place in Sultanahmet. We were lured by the sign at the window that read “Kofte 8 TL (Turkish Liras)”, which translates to "Kofte for …

Asia and Europe at The Same Time: Ride on the Bosporus

Turkey is the only country in the world that is part of two continents: Europe and Asia. The best way to experience that phenomenon, and to also to get a nice view of the Istanbul coast, is to take a boat ride on the Bosporus which is the trait that separates the two continents. It was …

The Harem

Another historical must-see in Istanbul is the Topkapi Palace Musuem, where the Ottoman Sultans used to live. It’s a big palace with a lot to see but our main interest was to visit the Harem which is the private rooms where the Sultans, their wives and concubines used to live. Mesmerized by the design, colours, tiles and …

IKEA Hack with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

IKEA has always been a part of my life growing up. As a kid, my brother and I used to pretend we lived in the demo rooms, especially the ones with the bunk beds, and we always anticipated ending our IKEA visit with a hotdog and ice cream that cost less than $1. At home …

Upcycled Furniture Inspired by Summer and Travels

I am so happy to have finally completed refurbishing some of the antique pieces I've had sitting in my garage over the winter months. I had a bit of free time this past weekend so away I went with my paintbrush. I hope you enjoy the transformation! Storage Cabinet I painted this stunning piece a calming blue-green and added coral …