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From Istanbul to Seattle  Posted on 05/16/2013
Dearest Readers, 2013 has proven to be a year of exciting transitions and new beginnings. Istanbul was my home, my stomping grounds and adventure-base for almost 4 years. The city’s dynamic energy was thrilling and overwhelming,...
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The Holiday Season in Istanbul  Posted on 12/29/2012
Less than 10 minutes from my apartment lies a magical place. The streets are filled with toy soldiers, sparkling lights and even  a Christmas Tree (or more accurately ‘A New Years Tree ‘ for the Turks).  Stars and...
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Monet Comes to Istanbul  Posted on 12/28/2012
Photo credit Nestled along the Bosphorus is a mansion on a hill overlooking  the Asian shore. This was once a embassy and then home to one of the richest families in Turkey. Now, it houses a museum which brings some of the most famous...
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My Turkey Travel Wishlist  Posted on 12/11/2012
Bozcaada: This Aegean island is famous for its wineries, beaches and its medieval fortress. It is colorful, calm and beautiful. Photo Credit Sumela Monestary: South of Trabzon, this monastery hangs off the rock walls, overlooking...
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Where to Eat in Istanbul  Posted on 12/08/2012
I am always searching for authentic Turkish restaurants that will impress visiting guests, appeal to diverse culinary tastes and offer a unique dining experience.  I must admit: when we go out to dinner, we rarely go out to Turkish...
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Anit Kabir: The Mausoleum of Ataturk  Posted on 12/07/2012
When reviewing the alphabet in my Kindergarten phonics lesson last year, I once had a student volunteer the word ‘God’ as we attempted to brainstorm words that started with ‘g’. I was shocked that this English word...
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How to spot an American Tourist in Istanbul  Posted on 12/06/2012
Photo credit If more than one of these things is observed, it is more than 75 percent likely that you have an American on your hands: 1.) They talk…loudly  and with body motions on public transportation 2.) They smile at...
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Ankara: First Impressions  Posted on 12/05/2012
Photo credit We went to Ankara for the weekend to see family and explore the city. Located in the middle of Turkey, Ankara is the geographical and political heart of the country. It is also the second largest city in Turkey. This astounds...
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The Music of Istiklal  Posted on 11/27/2012
On the weekends, something special happens: music fills Istanbul’s busiest street. Most Friday and Saturday evenings, there is a wonderful addition to the old street car that runs through the heart of Taksim, along the pedestrian...
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Van Kahvalti Evi: The Best Breakfast Place in Cihangir  Posted on 11/26/2012
Photo credit As you may know, Cihangir is home to many cozy, charming and lively cafes that offer wonderful breakfasts. One of my favorite weekend activities is a breakfast date in Cihangir. As a result, over the past year I have...
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