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Turkey

Postcard from Istanbul

Istanbul is an easy city to photograph: straddling the East and the West, it's delightfully exotic while remaining somewhat familiar and accessible. It's a colorful  city: the blues and golds of mosques and minarets dotting the skyline, the primary...
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Postcard from Topkapi Palace

Although most of my time in Istanbul was spent just enjoying the city--riding the ferries, eating as much baklava as humanly possible, wandering around new neighborhoods in the sunshine--my very first stop was Topkapi Palace. Mostly, it was because...
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Postcard from Heybeliada

The only thing I wanted to do on my birthday this year: soak up some sunshine and go for a swim. To be fair, that's pretty much what I want to do on my birthday EVERY year. Even though we were in  the gorgeous cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, I...
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Postcard from Goreme

Goreme is the little tourist hub in the region of Cappadocia: the tiny town only boasts about 3,000 residents, and a local estimated that about 95% work in tourism. For quite a little town, there's a lot to do: stunning hot-air balloon rides at...
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Five reasons to love Koza Cave Hotel

In general, I try to spend as little time as possible in hotel rooms. I'm usually not too fussed about luxury hotels or a ton of hotel amenities, unless I'm on an island and want nothing more than an infinity pool. I can sleep just about anywhere and...
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Postcard from trekking in Rose and Red Valleys

I flew all the way to Cappadocia to take a hot-air balloon ride, but after seeing the otherworldly landscape from the sky, I was eager to see the view from ground level as well. The reddish hues of the rock formations reminded me of the Grand Canyon,...
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Postcard from a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia

It's rare that I buy the ticket and board the plane and essentially go to a very faraway place exclusively for ONE activity. But when it came to Turkey, more and more people kept telling me that I couldn't miss a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia....
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The best of Turkey, via Instagram

Turkey was just about everything I could have asked for in a birthday trip: full of adventures, but also plenty of relaxation. There was the once-in-a-lifetime hot-air balloon ride at sunrise and seeing the most stunning architecture that has stood...
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