Hip, slick and cool and yet culturally refined and somehow restrained, this neighborhood is just about as fun as it gets. Hubbly bubbly joints out the yin yang, live music, clubs, discos, hammams and cafes - what more could you want?
Hagia Sophia is a big ticket tourist attraction in Istanbul for a reason. It's spectacular. It's the Christian cathedral that became a mosque that became a museum under the sultan of secularism, Ataturk. Ataturk is the Big Brother-ish looking guy you'll see all over Turkey....more
If you're in Istanbul, you've got to see the whirling dervishes spin into ecstatic ecstasy with Allah. The music they dance to is played live and is almost as mesmerizing as the dervishes themselves. Non-Muslims are most welcome to the sema (the ceremony) because of the fact that this...more
If you're a fan of the 70's sci-fi TV series, Land of the Lost, you'll love Turkey's underground cities carved into the soft volcanic rock formations of Cappadocia (sleestaks not included :-). Christianity, like humanity in the TV series, had to be kept on the down-low for a...more
Don't let the catchy name throw you - this is the best locally owned and operated Turkish Pizza joint in all of Selçuk. Try the football shaped Turkish pizza with egg. Sounds horrible I know but trust me, it's scrumptious. It's accompanied by a rocket salad and can fill two people up...more
The Library of Celsus is the crown jewel of Ephesus. It was erected in 117 A.D. as a monument/tomb cum library in honor of Celsus Polamaeanus, the General Governor of Asia. The four female statues that are part of the building's facade represent Celsus's outstanding characteristics of...more
There's more going on over (and under) this bridge than meets the eye. There a pedestrian walkway up top popular with strollers and fishermen. On the lower level (this is a double decker bridge), there's a whole slew of fresh seafood restaurants, cafes and shops which is kind of how...more