One week is such a short time to explore a new city. This was the challenging assignment as I stepped off the Kamil Koc bus from Istanbul. Bursa had been recommended to me as a classically Turkish city with less of the Western influence and attitudes which I’d encountered in Istanbul, Izmir … [Read more...] about Green Bursa – a very Turkish experience
For years I’ve quietly harboured a simple, secret dream – to find a small, peaceful village somewhere in the milder, sunnier southern regions of Turkey where I might live a healthy, outdoors life, planting and growing green things in the earth. A simple life, surrounded by nature and the warmth … [Read more...] about Turkish village – paradise or ‘pipe-dream’?
A trip to Safranbolu is a trip back in time to the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire. This tiny UNESCO preserved Ottoman town nestled in the hills of Karabuk Province, offers a magical glimpse of Turkish Black Sea life as it was during Ottoman times. It’s peaceful, hilly streets, lined with glorious … [Read more...] about Safranbolu – Ottoman Black Sea magic
Şirince is a taste of Turkish village life as it was. Nestled on the slopes of the Aegean hinterland, just 8km from Selçuk, a stroll through its steep, cobbled lanes is a step back in time. Originally a Greek village, it’s famous for its production of exotic fruit wines, which can be sampled … [Read more...] about Şirince – a taste of Turkish village life
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get to the Sabiha Gökçen Airport (Asian side) from the Kadıköy area is by Havataş Airport bus. Costing only 10TL the buses run regularly from the bus station at the Kadıköy waterfront area (P2 zone). Targeting a weekday 9:00am airport arrival, I took the … [Read more...] about Kadıköy to Sabiha Gökçen Airport