Archives for posts with tag: Turkey
Mosque // Do All Things With Love

Rüstem Paşa Camii, Istanbul

Date: 14 September 14
Local Time: 10:00pm
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Hours of sleep in last 24: 8

We woke up at 3am to drive from Çıralı to the Antalya airport to fly up to Istanbul. The plan for our 48 hours in Istanbul was to a) see all the ‘must see’ sights and b) catch up with some old friends. Both were well accomplished.

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Istanbul // Do All Things With Love

Let’s be real here – Turks are the best at food. Istanbul was bursting with restaurants and confection shops of all kinds. Most of it was really good, some of it was mediocre. I think I got spoiled though because I started my trip in Gaziantep, which is like the culinary hot spot and is known across Turkey as having the very best food. Anyways, I am starting this post stating that I am completely biased toward liking Gaziantep food more.

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Çıralı // Do All Things With Love

Date: 12 September 14 Local
Time: 10:00pm
Location: Çıralı, Turkey
Hours of sleep in last 24: 9

Forget everything you know about Turkey – and just know that if you ever want to vacation somewhere tropical and amazing, forget Hawaii, and Costa Rica and book yourself a trip to Çıralı, Turkey right now. It’s okay, I’ll wait.

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Aspendos // Do All Things With Love

Date: 10 September 14
Local Time: 8:00pm
Location: Kemer, Turkey
Hours of sleep in last 24: 7

We departed Side after our homemade breakfast at the hotel, and headed to the nearby ruins of Aspendos. It was an ancient city founded by the Greeks in 1000 BC and changed hands many times. The theater in Aspendos is one of the best-preserved ancient theaters, which seated about 7,000 people.

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Alanya from above // Do All Things With Love

Date: 9 September 14
Local Time: 9:00pm
Location: Side, Turkey
Hours of sleep in last 24: 8

I woke up early in Anamur when some garbage trucks were emptying bins loudly, it was probably 6am and the sun was just about to rise so instead of going back to bed I grabbed my camera and left the hotel (past the snoring inn-keeper by the front door) and walked to the beach to watch the sunrise.

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yaprakli koy // Do All Things With Love

Date: 8 September 14
Local Time: 6:30pm
Location: Anamur, Turkey
Hours of sleep in last 24: 3.5

After the fun day in Gaziantep we all packed up together and hit the road at about 4am local time to head to the Mediterranean. No time to waste on sleep. The drive took about four hours and we arrived in Mersin at about 8:00am to eat breakfast and swim in the ocean. It was the most magical thing in the world – swimming in the mild crystal clear ocean first thing in the morning, then eating our breakfast of gözleme and drinking çay at the beach.

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