THE GALATA TOWER

This is my last blog about Turkey.  I promise.  If you haven’t noticed, it was one of my most favorite trips. 🙂 It’s funny how the most memorable parts of a trip aren’t the big towers and churches and castles and bridges.  It’s the things leading up to or right after visiting those things that…

BELLY DANCING IN TURKEY

One of the things that we had to do while we were in Istanbul was a belly dance show. Popular in many Muslim countries, and something we had never done, we planned an evening out of it. My mom had found a brochure in our hotel’s lobby, and on the front, in bold colorful letters,…

THE ASIAN SIDE OF TURKEY

About 95% of Turkey is located in Asia. And at that point in my life, I hadn’t been to Asia yet. So I was thrilled with the opportunity to visit the Asian side of Turkey and check yet another continent off of my bucket list. While all of Istanbul is located on the European side,…

10 HOURS TO TURKEY

We had been trying to plan a family vacation for months. Somewhere different. Somewhere affordable. Somewhere where we could just be together. I found the tour to Turkey on Groupon just a few months before we left. I will never forget the feeling I had after I booked the trip online and called my family…

A TURKISH BATH

People often ask me what the coolest, most interesting thing I’ve ever done has been.  When I respond that it was a Turkish bath in Istanbul, they always look perplexed and confused. I remember the night so clearly that I can smell the air and feel the temperature of the air just thinking about it. …