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…

Lit up sign of the Doga Hotel in Turkey

Doga Thermal Health and Spa in Pamukkale

While exploring Pamukkale, a town in western Turkey, we stayed at the Doga Thermal Health and Spa. The hotel is located about 20 kilometers from Denizli and is conveniently close to the famous thermal pools of Pamukkale and historic Roman ruins. The most unique part of this hotel is the hot spring located on-site containing mineral-rich…

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…

View of the vibrant red Pepo's restaurant in Turkey

Pepo’s Galata: Traditional Turkish Cuisine

While exploring Istanbul in Turkey, we ate at a few amazing restaurants worth mentioning. Located behind the famous Galata tower is Pepo’s Galata restaurant, which was amazing. It sits directly behind the tower in one of the alleyways. This restaurant delivers both delicious food and amazing service.  Pepo’s Galata Pepos is known to be one of the…

Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World: Cappadocia

In Cappadocia, which is about 420 miles away from Istanbul, we had some cool experiences. Did you know that Cappadocia is the hot air balloon capital of the world? Well, it is, and it’s incredible! In my previous post, I mentioned that Cappadocia is known for two things, the famous rock formations scattered throughout the…

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,…

Outside the delicious Old Greek House restaurant

The Old Greek House in Cappadocia

While in Cappadocia, we ate at an amazing restaurant called the Old Greek House. This was such a cool place with a unique atmosphere. Not only was the food delicious but the service was excellent. The Old Greek House is located in the village of Mustafapasa in the heart of Cappadocia and is full of history.…

Inside of the restaurant Seki in Cappadocia

Seki: Delicious Food With an Amazing View

During our stay at the Argos in Cappadocia, we ate at the restaurant located within the hotel called Seki. This place had amazing food! We ate both breakfast and dinner there and both times didn’t disappoint. Not only was the food and service great, but the views from the outdoor terrace were amazing. Seki is the most…