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…

Pamukkale: The Turkish castle of cottons

Pamukkale is a unique destination. Stretching for over a mile and a half, this dazzling white travertines and hot springs of calcium carbonate look splendid against the green Turkish countryside. It’s so easy to laze around in these sweeping limestone white cliffs, with dazzling blue pools. The whole experience is definitely more than being at some embellished geological formation. And possible nowhere on earth you can find such immaculately designed natural formations, with exquisite examples of man’s creations. Next to the pools are the remains of an idyllically located Greek-Roman spa city, Hierapolis.

Bowing to the Apollo in Side

I set out early to explore the outskirts of Antalya, more to be on the wheels of history strewn on the Aegean coasts. My major halt was to be at the once-docile fishing village of Side. It’s just that the old vibes of Side have liberally refashioned to suit themselves to souvenir peddlers and restaurant…