Pamukkale Antique Pool – Swimming in Cleopatra’s Pool

Antique Pool - Pamukkale

Pamukkale’s Antique Pool – A Sacred Pool In Which Cleopatra Is Believed to Have Swum: Hierapoliswas popular for its thermal springs during Hellenistic times, but it was during the Roman period that the city’s reputation as a health centre boomed. The hot springs, with its mineral rich waters are said to be good for illnesses […]

The Extraordinary Fairy Chimneys of Monks Valley

FFairy Chimneys of Monks Valley, Cappadocia

Pasabag or Monks Valley Has the Best Collection of Fairy Chimneys: From the Göreme Open Air Museum we travelled to Pasabag or Monks Valley as it is more commonly referred to, an area that’s noted for its fairy chimneys (Peri Bacalarıin Turkish). The unusual moon-like landscape with its extraordinary formations blew me away on my […]

The Egyptian Market – An Exotic Spice Market in Istanbul

The Egyptian Market or Spice Market , Misir Çarsisi, Istanbul

The Egyptian Market (Misir Çarsisi) or Spice Market is the Second Largest of Istanbul Markets: The Egyptian Market (Misir Çarsisi) is a spice market in Istanbul. After the Grand Bazaar, the Egyptian Spice Market is the second largest of Istanbul’s covered market. Construction of the Misir Çarsisi began in 1597 by order of the mother […]

Istanbul – A City Where East and West Do Meet

Istanbul flag seller

Istanbul Attractions and Tours, Istanbul Hotels and Istanbul Things to Do: Istanbul is a city of many contradictions. It is Asian and European, modern and ancient, religious and secular, mystical and practical and what makes it so appealing is the co-existence of all these opposing qualities. Visitors will find Istanbul a melting pot of many […]

The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar - Kapali Carsi

The Grand Bazaar is One of the Largest Covered Markets  (Kapali Carsi) in the World: The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is grand indeed. With 60 covered streets and up to 4,000 shops, it is no wonder that this sprawling covered market  (Kapali Carsi) holds the distinction of being the largest covered market in Istanbul. Interesting […]

Yerebatan Sarnici or Basilica Cistern – Istanbul’s Sunken Palace

Yerebatan Sarnic - Basilica Cistern

The Great Cistern of Justinian is also known as Yerebatan Sarayi or “the Sunken Palace” Istanbul is full of hidden treasures and one which is truly hidden is the Yerebatan Sarnici or Basilica Cistern, an underground reservoir in the vicinity of Hagia Sophia.  Often called the Great Cistern of Justinian, the Basilica Cistern is no […]