New Mosque, Istanbul – Turkey

New Mosque - Istanbul

This is the New Mosque of Istanbul. Having been completed in 1665 it’s not that new anymore, but why quibble over details. The mosque is on the Golden Horn near the Galata Bridge. I love to come down here in and see all the “new” buildings glow in the afternoon sun. [I travelled to Istanbul […]

Tea at the spice market, Istanbul – Turkey

Tea- Istanbul

One of my favourite travel activities is wandering around food markets. I don’t cook, and I wouldn’t know what to do with half the stuff that is sold anyway, yet I still love to see food on display. Neatly stacked food in piles is an artform in itself, and I tend to head to a […]

The Great Theatre of Ephesus, Turkey

Theatre Ephesus

The Great Theatre of Ephesus, Turkey. Ephesus is one of the best preserved classical cities the Mediterranean region. With the excavated streets connecting well preserved/restored Roman structures, such as the Great Theatre, you can get a feel for what a Roman city might have looked like. Travel Photos: Ephesus Photo Gallery

Blue Travertines, Pamukkale – Turkey

Blue Travertines

The terraces of Pamukkale (“cotton castle” in Turkish) are formed by sedimentary rock (Travertine) deposited by water from hot springs which cascade down from a plateau. Travel Photos: Pamukkale Photo Gallery

Fairy Chimneys of Goreme – Turkey


Goreme (Göreme) in the Cappadocia region of Turkey. Cappadocia is famous for the rock formations known as “fairy chimneys“. Goreme is in a valley of fairy chimneys, and some of the houses are even built within the the rock formations. Travel Photos: Goreme Photo Gallery

Guard at Ataturk’s memorial tomb, Ankara – Turkey

Ataturk Guard

Guard at Anıtkabir (memorial tomb) of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Ankara – Turkey. Atatürk was the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey. Travel Photos: Ankara Photo Gallery

Blue Mosque at dusk, Istanbul – Turkey

Blue Mosque

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (better known as the Blue Mosque), Istanbul – Turkey. If you are wondering why it doesn’t look that blue, it is named for the blue tiles on the interior walls. Travel Photos: Istanbul Photo Gallery

A highlights of Turkish food tour in Istanbul

Meze - Istanbul

While in Istanbul I caught up with a travel blogger I met in Sumatra. I was on a bus from Lake Toba to Bukittinggi, and as the bus was leaving the ticket man pointed to me and said “you two both the same, sit next to him”. It turned out that my new found seat […]

Turkey To Thailand – Kind of going home

James in Cappadocia

Where I’m At: Istanbul, Turkey – 19 October 2011 Istanbul brings me to the end of my European travels for 2011. In addition to completing my annual visit to London, and attending to an offline business in Budapest, I also got to travel around Romania and Turkey. [James and a camel in Cappadocia, Turkey] From […]

In Pictures: Fairy chimneys and churches of Cappadocia – Turkey

The Church of St John - Cappadocia

After driving across the dusty Anatolian plateau the entry into the region of Cappadocia is marked by a landscape like no other. It starts off with one or two fairy chimneys, then a whole valley will open up to these remarkable rock formations. [Fairy Chimneys] [Monks Valley - Pasabag] In addition to the draw of […]