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Wednesday Photo Nights #16 : Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey

Wednesday Photo Nights #16 : Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey

Wandering through Turkey, you’re going to end up seeing fairy chimneys in Cappadocia! It’s absolutely inevitable! You’re also going to head to Goreme – which is a town of cave dwellers (people live in caves … so do tourists), even more fairy chimneys, rock-cut churches adorned with ancient Christian frescoes and underground cities. I’ve seen photos of the famous ‘fairy chimneys’ for years, but nothing quite prepares you for this bizarre almost Martian landscape; not that I’ve been to Mars – it’s what I imagine it to be. These tall stone formations look like they have mushroomed up randomly, some ... Read More »

Taxi to Ephesus from Kusadasi : How much should it cost?

Taxi to Ephesus from Kusadasi : How much should it cost?

You’ll need a taxi to Ephesus from Kusadasi, if you’re there on a cruise. If you’ve come here from my 10 steps for DIY visit to Ephesus post – you’ll still need to get that taxi. The one thing in this part of the world, is that you’ll have to haggle and negotiate everything. I have no issues battling it out with some touts but once you’re docked at Kusadasi – you will have to negotiate if you’re going to get to Ephesus. As for the Kusadasi itself, it’s quite walkable from the port, but when you arrive, nothing will ... Read More »

It’s 12/12/12 … so here’s my travel year in review …

It’s 12/12/12 … so here’s my travel year in review …

As we come to the end of the year, you can’t help but reflect on the year that has gone by. For Diane and I, the adventures are almost over for the rest of the year, since we’re going to Guatemala again on December 27th. So as I sit here at the Westin in Edmonton at 5am, I’ve had some time to reflect on what an amazing and wonderful 2012 it’s been. In honour of it being 12/12/12 today, here’s my top 12 travel moments of 2012. 1. Winter in Banff, then Napa Valley To start the year, we ended ... Read More »

Wednesday Photo Nights #8 : Ballooning over Cappadocia

Wednesday Photo Nights #8 : Ballooning over Cappadocia

If you ever get to Turkey, then doing a balloon ride over Cappadocia should be at the very top of your must do list while you’re there. Read More »

Going to Cappadocia, then stay in a cave … Yunak Evleri review – Suite 106

Travellers get to experience many things on the road : food, culture, adventure. I’m not ashamed to say that one of my favorite aspects of travelling is the actual stay in great or different hotels. I’ve stayed in many types of hotels over the years ranging from a water bungalow in the Maldives, Bono’s room in Finland to an ice hotel in Northern Quebec, working nunnery in Southern Mexico or a hacienda in Antigua, Guatemala. To that list of great stays, I’ll definitely have to add our stay in a cave hotel in Cappadocia. Before doing our morning balloon tours ... Read More »

Here’s how to absolutely rock 14 hours in Istanbul – a complete how to guide

Here’s how to absolutely rock 14 hours in Istanbul – a complete how to guide

Note : This is a picture intensive post, so allow for a little load time on this one! So you’re here in Istanbul and there are 5000 possible things to do and see in this remarkably old city. You have done your research and you have your short list of things to do. Here’s how to rock 12 to 14 hours in Istanbul. 8am : Have your breakfast. Preferably it will be in a decent hotel. See my review on the Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler for a great example of what you should stay in. 9:30am : Head directly to ... Read More »

Ephesus in July is damn hot … still awesome

Ephesus in July is damn hot … still awesome

Ephesus in July? After doing all the research on Ephesus, especially with my 10 steps for DIY visit to Ephesus – there is still nothing that will really prepare you for the heat that will hit you once you get there. As for getting to the site from your cruise ship (if you’re on a day trip excursion), by walking in either direction from the cruise ship terminal … about 200 meters, you’ll see tons of taxis looking for business. I would offer them 40$USD to get you to Ephesus and it doesn’t matter whether you’re 2, 3 or 4 ... Read More »

Side tripping from Istanbul to Marmaris … with PMS-y female fighting

Side tripping from Istanbul to Marmaris … with PMS-y female fighting

While in Istanbul, we had a choice of going to Pamukkale or somewhere else. Based on all the negative feedback we received about the condition of Pamukkale, we decided to do an impromptu trip from Istanbul to Marmaris (specifically to the beaches and islands off Marmaris) before going on to Cappadocia and the fairy chimneys. Our side trip from Istanbul consisted of the following three stops Istanbul to Dalaman Airport Driving 90 mins from Dalaman at 1:30am to Marmaris, then checking in at 3am Finishing a full day trip with boat ride and crazy hammam, then driving back at 2am ... Read More »

Turkish Airlines in the Istanbul Airport definitely has the best lounge I’ve been in …

Hey Air Canada … take note how much you suck in comparison. You claim to be the best in North America, but claiming this is like claiming to be a one eyed man in the kingdom of the blind … better but still shitty! I’m not stupid enough to expect you to actually match a fantastic lounge, but I do expect the respect that you claim to give your Super Elite travellers and not treat us as though we haven’t been across the world.In North America, we get completely ass raped when it comes to actual flight comfort … you ... Read More »

Hot air balloons + Cappadocia, Turkey = Bucket List experience

Cappadocia is a pretty amazing place.  You’ll hear it described as a Martian landscape (as if we really know – even with the Mars Landing and all going on) or even a Lunar landscape … from pictures I’ve seen, it’s not too far from that. The rocks are weird, they have been whittled into strange shapes, the pigeon hole caverns dot the landscape and contrast of colours in the sand do make for something out of a science fiction novel. The panoramas are spectacular and when the lighting is perfect, it’s another place where it’s impossible to take a bad ... Read More »