Topkapi Palace Views in Istanbul

The best way to absorb the Ottoman opulence of old Istanbul is to take in some Topkapi Palace Views. Located in the historic district close to Hagia Sophia, the Palace (a museum since 1924) is a reminder of those grand times. It is interesting to note that although Istanbul or Constantinople as it was then […]

Exploring the Elements or a Photography Challenge

Exploring the Elements is a photographic challenge issued by Thomas Cook. A post title that incorporates exploring and a photographic challenge is bound to appeal to a Travel Blogger and I am no exception. When Noel from Travel Photo Discovery nominated me for the challenge I happily started rummaging through my photo files. Without further […]

The Rose Valley Cappadocia or a Walk Amongst the Fairy Chimneys

Istanbul is the first destination I would visit in Turkey, but Cappadocia is a close second.  Cappadocia’s spectacular Fairy Chimney landscape makes it popular with trekkers, walkers and those who just want to view from a distance. It’s position in central Turkey allows it to be used as a stepping off point for Eastern Turkey and south to Antayla. […]

Galata is the best place for a first time stay in Istanbul

  Where is Galata?   Galata is the southernmost Neighborhood of Istanbul’s Beyoglu District. Some first time visitors choose to stay amongst the big name sights of Sultanahmet, but for our first week in Istanbul we chose the Galata Neighbourhood. Downtrodden and derelict in the 60’s it’s cobblestoned streets now hold an interesting collection of […]

November 2013 – 2104 Budget Travel Talk

  It is hard to believe that we are well into the month of December.  The perfect to time to reflect on our year of travel. I’ve  made a coffee so why don’t you join me for a recap of Budget Travel Talk from November 2013 to November 2014. November 2013 We returned to Australia […]

The Thrill of Discovery in Turkey

My earliest memories of adventure reach back to my knobbly kneed five year old self, a hobby horse, a treasure map, my older brother, friends and the wide open grasslands that surrounded our home. Leaving CANAKKALE. Overlooking the Dardanelles. The guinea grass grew tall in the abandoned land on the suburb’s perimeter down near the […]

Canakkale on the Dardanelles

You might say that our affinity with living near water meant we were destined to fall in love with Canakkale in North-Western Turkey, but as we were driving north from Bozcaada Island, it was difficult to form a mental picture of the town. Australians are taught about Gallipoli during WWII as a significant part of […]

A Bozcaada Island Affair

Our affair with BOZCAADA ISLAND was never going to be long term – just one night – but that didn’t mean it was not enjoyable. Following an afternoon fling around the island in the rental car and refreshments at our favourite cafe (if indeed we could claim a favourite after so short a visit), we browsed […]

Bozcaada the Barren

35 minutes from Geyikli, below the Dardanelles on the west Coast of Turkey,  lies Bozcaada Island – literally the Barren Island. We had visited Cunda Island 130km to the south the previous day, but being connected via causeway to the mainland it lacked true Island status. Bozcaada on the other hand stood alone, approachable only by ferry […]

Assos and Iskele a Turkish Greek City and Port

On the southern side of Ancient Troad or the modern Biga Peninsula in North Eastern Turkey, is the once Greek Settlement of Assos.  The Temple to Athena built in 530BC presides over the hilltop, while downhill beneath the 2nd Century BC Theatre, lies the old port. Old stone warehouses, reborn as hotels and restaurants, cluster […]