Join Us in Turkey in April

We have a couple of openings remaining for our trip to Istanbul and Ephesus in Turkey in April. The itinerary will be very similar to that of our October culinary tour, with Samantha and Ariel. It will not, of course, … Continued

Turkey Nostalgic for Ottoman Empire

Is Turkey Thrilled About the Ottoman Empire, Or Is It Ancient History? From The New York Times: The Ottoman period, particularly during the 16th and 17th centuries, was marked by geopolitical dominance and cultural prowess, during which the sultans claimed the … Continued

Farewell and Tesekkür to Turkey, But We’ll Be Back

ISTANBUL (Oct. 31) — Our day began with settling our affairs for the flight home. After checking in and making sure we were confirmed for our trip, we grabbed some coffee and decided to explore Dolmabahçe Palace. The palace grounds … Continued

Istanbul from Above, and Some Tastes We’ll Miss

ISTANBUL (Oct. 30) — We woke up to a beautiful sunny day filled with endless possibilities. Over the hotel’s breakfast, we discussed our options for how to spend our day and where to please our stomachs. We transferred hotels from … Continued

From Old City to New: Pera, Profiteroles and More

ISTANBUL (Oct. 23) — After catching up on some shut eye, we started our day with Serkan taking us to the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Both were beautiful with their elaborate interior designs and their unique histories. A note … Continued