Despite my tragic Turkey itinerary, I discovered new gems in the lovely country and my bucket list kept growing even before I returned from the trip. Here are a few highlights that I hope to visit the next time I find myself in Turkey again:
Here’s when I stop pretending that everything about Turkey is perfect.
If you go through my other Turkey reviews, you’ll read about this awesome, completely unique country with historical cityscapes, inspiring ruins, exotic natural wonders and hyper-magical Turkish bath. However, like any other top destinations on Earth, Turkey has its own share of tourist traps and less-known sites. Continue reading
“You don’t leave Turkey without going to a hamam.”
I was told by everyone from travel guides, hotel staffs to newly-made friends that a hamam (Turkish bath) experience is not to be missed. It’s a cultural thing—some of the hamams in Istanbul even date back to the Empire days.
Sadly, I missed the historical hamams in Istanbul. But I quickly made up for it with not just one, but two Turkish bath visits in my next Turk cities.
From Day 1 to Day 6, mountains, oceans, deserts, glaciers and waterfalls were created.
On Day 7, Mother Nature went batshit insane, replicated the hardcore landscape of Mars and named them “fairy chimneys” for the lulz. That’s the only logical hypothesis I can think of, because NO other place on Earth looks remotely like Cappadocia!!!
I hate ruins.
OK, let me rephrase that—I thought I would hate ruins.
I don’t fly half way around the globe to be roasted under the sun and stare at shapeless rubble. If it wasn’t for the Temple of Artemis hype, I wouldn’t have bothered at all. Which is funny, because my Temple of Artemis expectation crumbled quickly and Ephesus emerged as the true highlight of Selcuk.