Kaleiçi – The Historical Centre of Antalya

Kaleiçi Old Antalya

Kaleiçi – The Old Town of Antalya is Also Its Historical Centre: Kaleiçi, the historical heart of Antalya is as vibrant today as when it was during ancient times. This old quarter of Antalya was once a Roman settlement and it was also the centre of life during the Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman occupation. For […]

See the Beautiful Coastline of Antalya on a Gulet Cruise

Gulet Cruising

Things to Do in Antalya – Gulet Cruising on your Antalya Holiday: Antalya has a warm Mediterranean climate and with 300 days of sunshine, unspoiled bays and beaches, it sees itself as the Turkish Riviera.  So, one of the pleasurable things to do in Antalya is to take a yacht cruise, especially in one of […]

Meryemana – The Virgin Mary House in Ephesus

Meryemana Evi

Meryemana or The House of Mary – A Sacred Shrine in Ephesus: Meryemana or The House of Mary is a sacred shrine that is much venerated by both Christians and Muslims. Located on Mount Koressos or ‘Nightingale Mountain’, as the locals refer to it, the House of Mary is about 8 km from the centre […]

Cumalikizik – A Village of Ottoman Houses

Cumalikizik Ottoman Architecture

Cumalizik – A Village of Ottoman Residential Architecture: We arrived at the main square of Cumalikizik and except for a couple of delivery workers, the village square was quite empty. The market stands are covered in blue tarpaulin and there was neither stallholders nor produce in sight. It is Ramadan and many of the village’s […]

See the Two Sides of Istanbul on a Bosphorus Cruise

Cruise in Istanbul

Enjoying the Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul: As a waterway, the Bosphorous has a couple of interesting and important roles. It links the Mediterranean to the Black Sea and it also divides the European side of Istanbul from the Anatolian section. On any visit to Istanbul, one of the pleasurable things to do is to go […]

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 […]