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Friday’s Featured Food: Fish Sandwich in Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey wasn’t on the initial agenda when we went backpacking in the Middle East and surrounding countries, but we ended up spending a whopping 3 weeks in Turkey in the end, compared with our 10 days in each of Armenia and Azerbaijan! This gave me a chance to sample the delights of Adana, Istanbul, Dogubayazit, Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Fish Sandwich in Istanbul, Turkey[…]

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Visiting Ishak Pasha Palace, Dogubayazit, Turkey

Dogubayazit is a bizarre place. You have two options when you’re in and around it – either pass through it and change buses on route to Iran, or stay over there and do the sights. We had done 3 night buses in 3 nights that week, so decided to head to a hotel for a Read more about Visiting Ishak Pasha Palace, Dogubayazit, Turkey[…]

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Backpacking in Ankara, Turkey: 5 Things to See and Do in the Turkish Capital

Ankara is the real capital city of Turkey. While people might associate Istanbul with being the assumed capital, Ankara takes the award (and as a few of my mates mentioned on Facebook “will get you the point in a pub quiz”). My travels took me twice to Ankara to check out the charm of this Read more about Backpacking in Ankara, Turkey: 5 Things to See and Do in the Turkish Capital[…]

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Visiting Kaymakli Underground City, Cappadocia, Turkey

An Underground City? Who’s up for that? A place where nobody lives? An old “city”? It’s not Machu Picchu all over again is it? Well yes but on your travel journey through the moon like surfaces of Cappadocia, this is a city you should definitely visit. In fact there are a number of these underground Read more about Visiting Kaymakli Underground City, Cappadocia, Turkey[…]

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How to Get an Iran Visa in Trabzon, Turkey

It’s Visa time again on Don’t Stop Living as I share my expert visa advice from my travels with you. The most recent visa advice is on how to get an Iran Visa in Trabzon, Turkey. A lot of seasoned travellers have found that Trabzon in Turkey is the easiest, fastest and handiest place to Read more about How to Get an Iran Visa in Trabzon, Turkey[…]

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World Borders: Europe to Asia in Istanbul, Turkey (Ferry Across the Bosphorus)

Ever crossed into a different continent by boat? I have, if you’ve read my Drake Passage journey post you’ll remember my trip on the Southern Ocean. That was back in 2010, South America to Antarctica and that one took me 2 days. Imagine a boat ride that takes you to a different continent in less Read more about World Borders: Europe to Asia in Istanbul, Turkey (Ferry Across the Bosphorus)[…]

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Friday’s Featured Food: Iskender in Ankara, Turkey

I’ve been inspired by these types of moments recently. I have to say a big hello and thank you to Selin Ozgur, a local Ankara lady who came across my blog online and met up with us in Ankara on our visit to the Turkish capital (check out my best of Ankara post and the awesome Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Iskender in Ankara, Turkey[…]

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Where to Stay in Ankara, Turkey: Hotel Capital

My Turkish experience has been pretty cool in that we have gone to a few places well off the backpacking trail which was nice. This has meant spending time staying in hotels and even caves (at Goreme) instead of the usual hostel lifestyle. While Ankara is the capital city of Turkey and houses 5 million Read more about Where to Stay in Ankara, Turkey: Hotel Capital[…]