Sumahan on the Water

Istanbul’s Sumahan on the Water: A converted Ottoman distillery

By Janice and George | February 23, 2015

Leave the bustle of Istanbul behind when you stay at Sumahan on the Water, a former 19th century Ottoman distillery across the Bosphorus. Chic and restful!

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Turkish hammams in Istanbul - Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

Ahhh… These Turkish hammams in Istanbul cleanse both body and soul

By Janice and George | January 26, 2015

Steam, scrub, soap suds and a silky massage. Ahhhh… Few bathing rituals are as decadent as a Turkish hammam experience.

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flower passage arcade

Snapshot Story #12: The lovely Istanbul flower passage

By Janice and George | December 18, 2014

If you’re in Istanbul craving raki and mezzes at a cheerfully noisy meyhane, or you just want a few good travel pics, duck into Cicek Pasaji – the Istanbul Flower Passage.

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Turkish Delight Part 2 – Why visit Bodrum?

By Janice and George | August 9, 2013

Why all the buzz about Bodrum? Boutique hotels, pretty villages, traditional culture. Yes, you must visit Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula; we loved it!

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Casa dell'Arte

Casa Dell’Arte: Artful hotel on the beach in Bodrum

By Janice and George | August 5, 2013

Don’t be surprised if you bump into billionaire Roman Abramovitch at Casa Dell’Arte. The boutique hotel in Turkey is also an art gallery, which Abramovitch loves.

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Turkish Delight Part 1 – Istanbul

By Janice and George | June 26, 2013

Feast like a sultan, gape at glittering palaces and soak in a steamy hammam. Welcome to Istanbul! For most visitors, Istanbul is the starting point for a visit to Turkey.

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Esbelli Evi - Fantasy suite living room

Esbelli Evi cave hotel offers fairytale charm in Cappadocia, Turkey

By Janice and George | March 31, 2013

Carved into Cappadocia’s rock cliffs, Esbelli Evi is a charming boutique cave hotel. The ten suites are cocoons of comfort, with kilim rugs and lace curtains made by the owner’s mother.

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Top Istanbul boutique hotels

Three Top Istanbul Boutique Hotels: From hip to historic

By Janice and George | October 7, 2012

From historic to hip: Pera Palace, TomTom Suites and Sumahan on the Water are among the top Istanbul boutique hotels.

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Cappadocia cave cities - Kaymakli

Cappadocia Cave Cities: Making like troglodytes in inner Turkey

By Janice and George | August 27, 2012

Cappadocia’s fascinating underground cave cities were carved out by early Christians. We squeezed through the tunnels of Kaymakli.

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exploring Ephesus

Exploring Ephesus: Where poppies bloom among ancient ruins

By Janice and George | August 21, 2012

We couldn’t miss Ephesus. Where breezes carry the imagined chatter of Romans bartering with shopkeepers among marble ruins and the Celsus Library.

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Argos in Cappadocia

Argos in Cappadocia: Dig this luxury cave hotel in Turkey

By Janice and George | August 19, 2012

Stone mansions with deluxe rooms. And killer views of Uchisar Castle. Say hello to Argos in Cappadocia, one of the best boutique hotels in Cappadocia, Turkey.

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Macakizi: Sexy seaside escape on Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula

By Janice and George | August 17, 2012

Macakizi doesn’t have a beach. But it’s a very cool hotel on Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula; you can dive off its sunning docks right into the sea.

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hot air ballooning in Cappadocia

Flying High: Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia

By Janice and George | August 14, 2012

It’s worth waking up early to go hot air ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey. The moonlike landscape is one of the world’s best places to soar in a balloon.

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