Standing in front of the ancient Mayan temple El Castillo in Chichen Itza located in Mexico

The El Castillo: Ancient Mayan Temple

We are currently back in Mexico exploring! We had the amazing opportunity to wander through the ancient Mayan ruins, and the Temple of Kukulcán, also known as El Castillo. This exquisite sight is a step-pyramid that sits at the center of the Chichen Itza. The Chichen Itza is an ancient Mayan city as well as an…

Amazing view of a beautiful mosque in Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul: The City of 3,000 Mosques

We have had such an amazing time exploring Istanbul. It’s the largest city in Turkey and is full of amazing architecture, culture, and historical monuments. Istanbul is the home to 3,000 mosques, which are all beautiful and unique. A few of the popular ones that we had the opportunity to explore were the Blue Mosque, the…

View of the entrance of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul

The Topkapi Palace: Palace of the Ottoman Empire

Welcome to the Topkapi Palace. This amazing museum sits in the east of Istanbul in Turkey. The Topkapi Palace also means Cannon Gate Palace. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Topkapi Palace served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman Empire. Centuries later, the Topkapi Palace converted to a famous museum after…

View of the beautiful Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Turkey

Hagia Sophia: A Church, a Mosque, and Now a Museum

We got to visit one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The exquisite Hagia Sophia is a religious site built between 532-537 A.D. This stunning building was an important monument for both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. It was once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum. The Hagia Sophia  This location is…

The Ancient Ruins of Ephesus

Turkey is full of archeologically exquisite places. One of them is the ancient ruins of Ephesus. These remaining structures date back to the 10th century BC. Ephesus was once a major trade and religious center. Today, the Ancient Ruins of Ephesus are a popular sight in Turkey enjoyed by both locals and tourists. Not only is…

Pamukkale: Hot Springs and Travertine Terraces

We’re now exploring the amazing site of Pamukkale. Pamukkale is located in the hills of the Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. Pamukkale is about 6 hours from Istanbul. In addition to being known for its brilliant white travertine terraces and warm thermal pools, it’s also the site of the well-preserved ruins of the Greek-Roman city Hierapolis,…

Amazing views of the Galata Tower at night

The Galata Tower: Incredible Views of Istanbul

Welcome to the Galata Tower located in Istanbul, Turkey. I would highly recommend checking out this incredible location if you’re traveling through Istanbul. This amazing sight was built in the 14th century as a fortress to protect the district. Most of the walls are gone now, but the tower still stands tall today for locals and tourists…

Beautiful view of the rock structures in Cappadocia

Cappadocia: Churches, Caves, and Amazing Landscape

Cappadocia is an amazing place in Central Turkey, about 420 miles away from Istanbul, way up in the mountains. The name Cappadocia means “place of the beautiful horses,” however, that’s not what Cappadocia is known for nowadays. Today, it’s known for two main things. First, it’s the hot air balloon capital of the world. Second,…

Group of friends standing in front of a giant gold frame that frames the city skyline in dubai

The Dubai Frame: Largest Frame in the World

I’ve got to say, Dubai is both vibrant and exciting. The city has some of the most exquisite architecture I’ve ever witnessed, which can be seen almost anywhere in the city due to the massive size of the structures. With a variety of monuments, attractions, and nightlife, there’s no shortage of things to see and…

Stunning view of the city of Dubai from the tallest skyscraper in the world

The Burj Khalifa: The World’s Tallest Tower

Welcome to the tallest tower in the world. This is the Burj Khalifa, also known as the Burj Dubai. This magnificent skyscraper is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Sitting at a height of 2,717 feet with 160 floors, this is a structure you don’t want to miss. And, you probably won’t, because you can see…

Incredible view of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings

The City of Luxor: Archeologically Stunning

The city of Luxor is in southern Egypt. This city contains the ruins of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, which was the pharaoh’s capital during the 11th century B.C. Today, the city of Luxor holds two huge ancient monuments, the Luxor and Karnak Temple. While in the city, you’ll also have the opportunity to see the…

The huge and amazing Great Sphinx of Giza

The Great Sphinx of Giza

Welcome to the Great Sphinx located on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. Giza is located near Cairo in a desert referred to by the Egyptians as the land of the dead. The statue of the Sphinx sits on the Giza Plateau, which is also the home of the Great Pyramids of Khufu,…