Turkish Delight: Afternoon in Taksim

If you want to experience the duality of Istanbul’s ancient Orient and European modernity, Taksim will certainly provide that contrast for you. Taksim is in the European part of Istanbul where you will find a much more modern and familiar Western ambience. The streets of Takisim were filled with busy pedestrians as they strolled by restaurants, … Continue reading Turkish Delight: Afternoon in Taksim

Turkish Delight: Visit to Topkapi Palace and the Harem

Another historical must-see in Istanbul, Topkapi Palace is 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 historical explanations … Continue reading Turkish Delight: Visit to Topkapi Palace and the Harem

Turkish Delight: 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 … Continue reading Turkish Delight: Lunch at Sultanahmet Koftecisi

Turkish Delight: Day Trip to Ephesus

The historical and cultural richness of Turkey is well apparent when you visit Ephesus, the ancient Greek-turned-Roman city situated in western Turkey. Its ruins and colosseum brings you back thousand of years BC and almost makes you feel like you're on the movie set of Helen of Troy. Well organized and affordable, this is a … Continue reading Turkish Delight: Day Trip to Ephesus

Turkish Delight: Going to a Hammam

Any woman loves being treated to a spa so when you visit a country that is historically and culturally renown for their traditional spas, there is no missing out on this must-do activity. Hamams have been around for centuries since the era of the Ottoman Empire and have become a staple representation of the luxuriousness … Continue reading Turkish Delight: Going to a Hammam

Turkish Delight: Train Adventure in Izmir

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 train … Continue reading Turkish Delight: Train Adventure in Izmir

Turkish Delight: Boat Ride in Antalya

Since we were looking to just relax and keep it low-key in Antalya, we went for a leisurely boat ride on our first afternoon there. We were the only tourists on the boat which I really liked because one thing I enjoy about traveling is stepping away from the touristy things once in a while and participating in … Continue reading Turkish Delight: Boat Ride in Antalya

Turkish Delight: Picnics in Antalya

Antalya is easy to fall in love with. As much I would go back to Istanbul in a heartbeat, I would have to say that my favourite part of our Turkish trip was our three relaxing days in Antalya. Situated in the south of Turkey along the Mediterranean sea, Antalya is known for its beaches … Continue reading Turkish Delight: Picnics in Antalya

Turkish Delight: Seeing The Sunset Over Istanbul

After having spent the day exploring Sultanahmet on our third day in Turkey, the old part of Istanbul, my friend and I decided to walk up to Taksim which is Istanbul’s modern district. Walking up to Taksim from Sultanahmet is an entertaining twenty five minute walk as we passed by spice and coffee merchants, shops filled with turquoise ceramics … Continue reading Turkish Delight: Seeing The Sunset Over Istanbul