The foodie’s day out in Istanbul

One thing that remained high on my mind in my four-day stay in Istanbul, was to sample as much food as I could. Istanbul is a melting pot of cultures, and all these influences pleasantly affect the food scene. This has evolved over years and mixed with different cultures that came and made this eternal…

Istanbul: The first impression

No other city in the world can claim a history as rich as Istanbul. No other city has been besieged so many times, saw the rise and fall of empires, and has been coveted by the most powerful. And no other city can claim the coveted crown of being the most multicultural in the world…

Buyukada, a Turkish idyll

I walked along the curving street edged along the walls dripped with Ivy. The silence was meditative, existing in such a contrast to the hubbub, and the salmagundi of cultures, and styles Istanbul is. Behind the walls, pines loomed above Ottoman mansions. With no sound but for my footsteps, I walked further in, till the…

History comes to life in Ephesus

I wasn’t surprised to learn that many travelers just travel to West Turkey primarily to visit Ephesus. Ephesus is one of the most well-preserved Roman ruins in the world, and no surprise it draws over two million visitors annually. A UNESCO heritage site, Ephesus is a window to life in ancient times. Ephesus grew from…