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My Turkey Travel Wishlist

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Bozcaada: This Aegean island is famous for its wineries, beaches and its medieval fortress. It is colorful, calm and beautiful.

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Sumela Monestary: South of Trabzon, this monastery hangs off the rock walls, overlooking a forest. It was founded in the Byzantine times and abandoned in the 1920s at the founding of the Turkish republic

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Safranbolu: An UNESCO World Heritage site,  this old Ottoman village is located in the middle of a valley in the center of Turkey. The beautiful Ottoman buildings and the old city center have been perfectly restored, making this town  a perfect retreat.

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Mount Nemrut: The natural treasure of eastern Turkey, this mountain offers more than scenic views and a beautiful natural landscape. At the top of the mountain lies pre-Roman statues and tombs of a local King and the gods he worshiped  To add to the mystique, it was not discovered until 1881, when the Ottoman Empire commissioned a German engineer to explore alternative trade routes.

Mount-Nemrut

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The couch still seems empty despite the fact that our beloved visitors left over one week ago. These three wonderful women decided to take a trip of a lifetime and travel the world for 6 months. They left their jobs, rented their apartments and put all of their essential belongings into a backpack. They started in Greece (and Amsterdam), met in Izmir to tour the ruins of Efes and then came to Istanbul for one week. It was their friendship with my beloved college roommate that initially brought us together, however it was their enthusiasm, curiosity, kindness and sense of humor that ensured they became friends of our own.

They left Istanbul for Kathmandu, despite warnings that few backpackers make it out of Istanbul to continue their travels to Nepal (Perhaps Istanbul’s charms lure them in longer than expected). They are currently on an 8-day trek to the Annapurna Base Camp through the Himalayas. To anyone with wanderlust, a sense of adventure and a love of travel, follow their story and adventure on their blogRead the rest of this entry

Yesterday’s Underwear and Three Wonderful New Friends