Spices. Roman ruins. Cave dwellings. Ancient structures. Water views.
Visitors in Turkey, see many of these in gift shops. They are eye-shaped glass beads thought to protect against the evil eye, a curse cast by a malicious glare. The curse is thought to cause misfortune or injury. In Turkish, it is called nazar boncugu.
It was very fascinating to watch this belly dancer gyrate for an audience on a Turkish Night Dinner. She seemed boneless. Her performance was very impressive. I think I have a better photo showing motion, but I like how the dancer’s cape whirl in this picture and I like the shades of yellow and … More Photo 101, Day 13: Moment and Motion
This does not mean that hubby and I bought a Turkish handwoven rug or carpet as a souvenir. At $1,000 at the very least, these were a bit (more like really) way beyond our budget. Some couples in our group bought one for their homes. Buyers don’t get to carry them after purchase. These are … More Memento Monday: Turkish Carpets and Rugs
This picture was taken during a demonstration on how silk is obtained for handwoven Turkish rugs in Cappadocia, Turkey. A spinning wheel is an important equipment for the process. Here’s a short clip of the demonstration:
Are you the type who makes friends while traveling? I’m a pretty reserved person and it takes me a while to be comfortable among strangers. But then, once I’m comfortable, I’m quite jovial. I think, it takes practice to be comfortable enough to talk to strangers I’m traveling with in a group tour. So, I … More Blur: Making Friends on the Road 😉
Cappadocia, Turkey is known for its underground tunnel complexes, and rock-cut churches and monasteries from the Byzantine and Islamic eras. Such as the UNESCO Heritage site Goreme. Gamirasu Cave Hotel in the village of Ayvali boasts of its own cave church or in Turkish, magara kilise. Some of the cave’s wall paintings from the Byzantine … More Gamirasu’s Magara Kilise (Cave Church)
All I wanted was a nice and spacious room at Gamirasu Cave Hotel. It was after all, my and hubby’s birthday trip. We got a nice and spacious cave hotel suite. Discovered a delicious type of kebab called testi kebab which is served with ceremony. To top it all, we got a birthday cake while … More A Cave Hotel, Pottery Beef, And Birthday Song (in Turkish)
In my neck of the woods, kebabs refer to skewered meat, fruit, or vegetables which are either grilled or roasted. This, in Turkey, I learned, is shish kebabs. There are other kebabs. Such as the döner kebab which is roasted on a vertical rotisserie and sliced thinly. In this part of the world, it is … More A Lesson On Kebabs
Last month I posted that I’m looking for a travel deal that hubby and I will both like for our wedding anniversary. I found it! But I could not wait long. Plus, it looks like I’m working in our Anniversary week. So, it will be a birthday trip instead. I’m so excited! Here are three … More Eureka! Got My Travel Deal