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Ancient Troy in Turkey: Photo Gallery
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Ancient Troy in Turkey: Photo Gallery

When we traveled to Turkey on our first overseas trip in 2010, I was absolutely awed that ancient Troy was a real location and not just a mythological place. ...
Ephesus, Turkey: Photo Gallery
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Ephesus, Turkey: Photo Gallery

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Istanbul: Haghia Sofia Part III
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Istanbul: Haghia Sofia Part III

After traveling from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back again in 2010, we were very ready to spend some time seeing Istanbul's most famous sites (and to not have to worry about finding a new hotel every night without any reservations). While in Istanbul, we visited the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and the Haghia Sofia. This video documents our experiences at the Haghia Sofia and shows some of the Haghia ...
Istanbul: Haghia Sofia Part II
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Istanbul: Haghia Sofia Part II

In this video, we wander around the Haghia Sofia interior. On the inside of the building there are birds and cats that have taken up residence and hang out in the structure alongside travelers. One thing we've noticed in our travels is that some countries are "dog places" while others are "cat places." Arab and Muslim countries like Turkey are generally (in our experience) cat places where cats can be seen ...
Istanbul: Haghia Sofia
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Istanbul: Haghia Sofia

This video shows some of the Haghia Sofia interior. When we visited Turkey in 2010, we spent five days in Istanbul at the end of our trip to visit sites like the Topkapi Palace, the Haghia Sofia, and the Blue Mosque.Related Posts:Istanbul: Haghia Sofia Part II (video)Istanbul: Haghia Sofia Part III (video)Istanbul: View of the Haghia Sofia from Our Hotel Room (video) ...
Istanbul: View of the City from Our Hotel Room
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Istanbul: View of the City from Our Hotel Room

After driving from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back in 2010, we docked into a hotel in Istanbul where we stayed for the last five days of our trip. In this video, John spends some time orienting himself to where he is in Istanbul. From our hotel window, he can see the Topkapi Ferry Boat dock where we set off on a ferry with our rental car across the Marmara towards Assos on our first day in ...
Istanbul: View of the Haghia Sofia from Our Hotel Room
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Istanbul: View of the Haghia Sofia from Our Hotel Room

From our hotel room window in Istanbul, we could see both the Haghia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. Every day, we'd hear the call to prayer five times bellowing from these two famous and historically significant mosques. In this video, John takes a few minutes to document the incredible view.Related Posts:Istanbul: View of the City from Our Hotel Room (video)Istanbul: Haghia Sofia (video)Driving ...
Driving in Turkey: Istanbul Part II
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Driving in Turkey: Istanbul Part II

In 2010, we visited Turkey for 10 days and drove from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back. In this video, we're arriving back to Istanbul and looking for a hotel to stay in for the last five days of our trip, since we hadn't booked any reservations ahead of time. John was convinced that we'd find a hotel from a major chain (like a Marriott or Holiday Inn), despite the fact that we had seen any such thing during ...
Driving in Turkey: Ankara to Istanbul
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Driving in Turkey: Ankara to Istanbul

In 2010 we travelled to Turkey for 10 days to drive around the western part of the country from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back. We had no reservations (except for the first night) and no strict itinerary... And it was our first trip overseas EVER.Related Posts:Driving in Turkey: Selcuk (video)Driving in Turkey: Kusadasi (video)Driving in Turkey: Denizli Area (video)Driving in Turkey: ...
Travel Inn Cave Hotel in Cappadocia
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Travel Inn Cave Hotel in Cappadocia

We stayed at the Travel Inn Cave Hotel in Göreme during our 2010 visit to Cappadocia in western Turkey. When we first arrived at the hotel, we were enchanted and intrigued by the idea of spending the night in a cave. In this video, we check into the hotel and walk to our room. We were set to spend the night in the "Black Onyx" room, which at the time was set up with only one bed. So, Lydi would sleep on an ...
Turkey Tourism: On Getting Swindled in Cappadocia
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Turkey Tourism: On Getting Swindled in Cappadocia

Moments before, we'd been swindled by a husband-wife team outside an underground city in Cappadocia (not Derinkuyu). In this video we talk about our thoughts and experiences regarding the incident.Related Posts:Turkey Tourism: Cappadocia Underground Cities (video)Turkey Tourism: Derinkuyu Underground City (video)Turkey Tourism: Underground City in Cappadocia (video) ...
Driving in Turkey: Narrow Alley in Cappadocia
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Driving in Turkey: Narrow Alley in Cappadocia

When we visited Turkey in 2010, we travelled from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back again. During our trip to Cappadocia, we stayed at the Travel Inn Cave Hotel in Göreme, Turkey. In this video, we drive through a narrow alley on our way to the hotel. We barely make it, and a man on a moped has to back up to let us through.Related Posts:Turkey Tourism: Derinkuyu Underground City (video)Driving in ...
Turkey Tourism: Urgup
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Turkey Tourism: Urgup

On our 2010 trip to Turkey, we drove through Ürgüp in the western part of the country. Ürgüp (also known as Urgup) is a city in Nevsehir, Turkey in Cappadocia. In this video we drive through the city on our way from Cappadocia to Istanbul.Related Posts:Driving in Turkey: Selcuk (video)Driving in Turkey: Cappadocia and Goreme (video)Turkey Tourism: Derinkuyu Underground City ...
Turkey Tourism: Cappadocia Underground Cities
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Turkey Tourism: Cappadocia Underground Cities

Because we had so much fun at Derinkuyu Underground City, we decided to seek out a few more to visit in Cappadocia. This one, though very cool, didn't feel as safe as Derinkuyu. Outside the entrance to the underground city, a woman had approached our car as we drove up and got us to buy a doll that she had evidently made in exchange for our American money. Upon leaving the underground city, a man (who had ...
Turkey Tourism: Deep Tunnel in Secret Underground Cities
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Turkey Tourism: Deep Tunnel in Secret Underground Cities

After visiting Derinkuyu Underground City in 2010, we were all excited to go find some more to visit. This one, located somewhere in more rural Turkey, was less well known and fewer tourists visited it. We weren't sure how we felt about it, but we decided to brave a long, dark stairwell leading into the underground city. We walked down the stairs further and further until we were hardly able to stand up ...
Driving in Turkey: Selçuk
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Driving in Turkey: Selçuk

In 2010 we visited Turkey for 10 days and drove around the western part of the country from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back. In this video, we drive through Selçuk, Turkey.Related Posts:Turkey Tourism: St. John's Basilica Selçuk and Isa Bey Mosque (video)Driving in Turkey: Konya (video)Driving in Turkey: Denizli Area (video)Driving in Turkey: Cappadocia and Goreme (video)Turkey ...
Turkey Tourism: Underground City in Cappadocia
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Turkey Tourism: Underground City in Cappadocia

We visited Turkey in 2010 and drove from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Visiting Derinkuyu Underground City in Cappadocia was an interesting and fun experience for us, since it had and interactive education aspect to it. We visited another underground city in Cappadocia after we had such a positive experience at Derinkuyu, but the second underground city felt sketchy and unsafe. The social environment around this ...
Turkey Tourism: Derinkuyu Underground City Part II
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Turkey Tourism: Derinkuyu Underground City Part II

Lydian had a lot of fun in the Derinkuyu underground city. She didn't want to leave for a long LONG time.Related Posts:Turkey Tourism: Underground City in Cappadocia (video)Turkey Tourism: Derinkuyu Underground City (video)Turkey Tourism: Inside the Goreme Churches (video)Turkey Tourism: Deep Tunnel in Secret Underground Cities (video)Turkey Tourism: Cappadocia Underground Cities ...
Turkey Tourism: Derinkuyu Underground City
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Turkey Tourism: Derinkuyu Underground City

In 2010 we travelled to Turkey to drive around the western half of the country from Istanbul to Cappadocia and back. In Cappadocia, one of the major tourist attractions is the Derinkuyu underground city. We decided to go a bit out of our way to visit, since it was one of the many unique things to do in Turkey. Going to the Derinkuyu underground city was the best underground city experience we had, and ...
Driving in Turkey: Dust Devils in Cappadocia Part II
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Driving in Turkey: Dust Devils in Cappadocia Part II

Driving through Cappadocia in 2010, we saw a lot of dust devils. This video documents some of the unusual Cappadocia weather that we witnessed from the car.Related Posts:Driving in Turkey: Dust Devils in Cappadocia (video)Driving in Turkey: Cappadocia and Goreme (video) ...
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