Turkey – Endless reasons why I love it so much!


“Travel is very subjective. What one person loves, another loathes.” – Robin Leach

I love Turkey. Turkey is one of the amazing countries I can think of. You would say: Why? What? Haven’t you said you love Iran and Benin Marysia? How come? I thought you love Oman and crazy places like Pakistan and the Central African Republic.

Yes, I love Iran. I love Benin. I love Jordan. I love Azerbaijan. I dream about visiting Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Honduras, Chechnya. You know all of those crazy names quoted on The Most Dangerous List. But that is me!

I will say something which many travel bloggers never say! Not all the destinations are for everyone. Here you have it. I said it. Iran is great and I highly recommend it to everyone who I ever got to talk with, even my Israeli friends.

But deep down in my heart, I know that not many people will go that path. Because let’s be honest. I’m a bit weird, crazy, mad. You choose your favourite.

While Turkey is on my ‘Countries that Have It All’ List. Among Israel and Spain! So what are you waiting for? Fly to Turkey.

Ok, ok, maybe before you fly finish this article so you have some good reasons to explain to your boyfriend why you booked the two last minute tickets to the country he never thought about visiting before.

I love Turkey because: 

1. Food Oh food, glorious food! I’m a total foodie and for me, a food is simple enough to make a special trip to another city or country. Even BuzzFeed agrees with me!

Food, I love Turkey

2. History I love history and therefore countries which have much to offer in this field wins my heart! No, do not worry! I won’t be taking you through the whole history of Turkey from Palaeolithic via to modern times.

History, I love Turkey

I will not be patronizing you about Lydian Kingdom or Seleucid Empire. Simply want to underline that not many countries in the world have a longer, richer and more ragged historical heritage than this superb country! So if you are a history freak it is more than definitely for you.

History, I love Turkey

3. Natural wonders True gems of Turkey, this country is filled with them! But when I think natural wonders I think Pamukkale, Lake Tuz and Cappadocia! All amazing, all impressive but for me, Cappadocia bets it all.

Pamukkale, I love Turkey

It is one of my best travel experiences of all time! No kidding, I love this place! Beautiful, deeply Turkish. Charming. I have visited few rock cities in Georgia last summer, couldn’t help thinking that it doesn’t get better than Cappadocia.

Cappadocia, I love Turkey

Oh, and you can do hot air ballooning there! It is like a cherry on top of ‘already best cake’ of your life.

Ballooning in Cappadocia, I love Turkey

4. People People, wow, Turkish people, wow. There is not enough words to describe how funny, welcoming, charming, people loving and helpful they are.

Always up for having a glass of cay and chitchat/deep conversation! They love fun, they love good food, they love raki. As I call those: simple pleasure in life.

And lets be honest here, raki as well can be ‘the and only’ reason to visit Turkey, but I do not want to appear as alcoholic here! A Girl in my age must take good care of her reputation.

People, I love Turkey

People, Turkey

5. Diving If you are a first time comer you are excused but all those of you amazing readers know very well by now that I love diving!

I’m totally addicted to this sport and will try somewhere only for diving! And that was a main reason why I have visited Bodrum back in 2011. Not only diving was superb, the crew, the people, the diving sites are simply to dive for.

If you are thinking of a great diving spot which is not that far away from Europe you should consider Turkey. Forget the awful Egypt.

Which indeed may have one of the best dive sites in the world but being a woman there is just overwhelming and after some time simply annoying and plain energy drainer.

Diving, I love Turkey

Another plus is Bodrum itself! It is one of the biggest and nicest travel surprised I had in my life! Loved this city and the relaxing atmosphere! Oh my God and the parties. It was like running a marathon, even for such a serious party person like me.

Bodrum, I love Turkey

6. Çay I love ‘cay’. You can say, Marysia I like tea as well. Nothing special about it! I’m sorry you couldn’t be more wrong. This very single moment all my Turkish and English friends calling you names.

Cay is not only a drink, it is an institution. It is a sign of welcome, an ice breaker, it is an equalizer! Used as an excuse for a meeting, a date, business, a break. You name it! Caution: Be careful with it, the super strong one really gives a real kick.

Cay, I love Turkey

7. Architecture You know me! I love Arabic architecture! And Turkey is filled with it. There is something very much my cap of tea about this architecture, patterns, colours and symmetry.

Yes, you got me! I’m a total OCD and symmetry won me over. Being serious. Turkey is filled with centuries of history, styles and outstanding buildings.

Architecture, I love Turkey

8. Hookah I will not be boring you with names and etymology. As many languages as many aliases! Shisha, water pipe, narghile, qalyān. I simply love it. Are you shocked?! Marysia, you?! Always patronising everyone about the dangers of smoking cigarets! You have a full right to be.

I was shocked myself. I felt like a big hypocrite. But I must stay true to myself. I simply love how relaxing it is. I love how cerebral Turkish people are about smoking.

It is an occasion for conversation, for catching up with friends, or just letting your mind rest after a whole day of madness.

Water pipe, I love Turkey

9. Istanbul This city can be and often is ‘the and only’ reason to visit Turkey. I love Istanbul.

No matter what people may say or think it is truly spectacular in all possible aspects. Picturesquely set on Bosphorus between Black and the Marmara Sea. Divided into Thrace and Anatolia, or as many prefer Europe and Asia.

Charms with a perfect mix of history, style, tradition, religion, welcoming people and beautiful architecture! Life in Istanbul is all about enjoying, having good time and excitement, a ’Turkish joie de vivre’.

Istanbul is beautiful, that goes without saying. Check out great photographies of this amazing city taken by Raphael Zoren from Journey Wonders.

Istanbul, I love Turkey

10. Bazaars Who doesn’t love them. We all do. Each of us for our own reason. Some for shopping, some for smells, some for colours and some like me for observing every day life and people in their natural habitat. Sellers, buyers and watchers.

Bazaar, I love Turkey

I love bazars for every single thing from the list above but nothing beats a good day spent in the bazaar on talking with people, watching men play backgammon, women picking up groceries and spices, drinking ‘cay’ with strangers. You love to hear what I’m saying, visit a bazaar.

Bazaars, I love Turkey

11. Traditions Turkey and Turkish people are very faithful to their traditions and I love that! I’m a big sucker for traditions! Why?

Because traditions makes you feel like a part of something bigger. Because foreign traditions allows you to experience things you could never experience in your life.

Think of dervish dance, would you be ever able to see it if people wouldn’t hold to traditions. But to stop all of you telling me it is all old and boring, traditions can be new, modern and fun.

You can make your own traditions and cultivating them are usually the most beautiful moments of your life! So join me, love traditions from the whole spectrum.

Dervish Dance, I love Turkey

12. Sweets I know I have already mention food. But Turkish sweets deserve a separated place on this list. Once you try them you will understand what I’m taking about! And that comes from a person who always underline: ‘I’m not a big fan of sweets’.

Sweets, I love Turkey

Yes, really I much prefer a stake normally! But when in Turkey I become a big sweet eater! Halva which is and always be my personal favour!

Zerde, tulumba, revani, turkish delight, kunefe, cezerey and millions of others! Oh and acıbadem kurabiyesi (almond cookies) I never say NO to! If you are on diet, I’m sorry but you will fail. Not that I want to be mean, but you will fail.

Sweets, I love Turkey

13. Ancient archeological sights Where do I start and where do I finish? Try Google with ancient sights in Turkey and the list of more than 150 will pop up on your screen.

Only when I visited Izmir last May I seen more than ten. Area of Old Smyran is dotted with them! To only name the biggest: Ephesus, and Pergamon! Yes, Turkey is a country full of historical heritage. Yes, they are all superb! Pictures here to prove it.

Ephesus, I love Turkey

Pergamon, I love Turkey

14. Water Water is something I can’t imagine my life without! And no, I’m not talking about drinking water we all need to live. I mean water in the sense of water being present, like a sea, ocean, lake, pond.

Maybe because I’m from the coast and sea was and a part of my daily life, routine. Maybe because it calms me down, maybe because it is humbling. Can’t really explain why but I’m always at my happiest when surrounded by water!

All my favourite cites are located on the water: Tel Aviv, Zurich, Oslo, Istanbul. And Turkey has an amazing coast line. Black Sea, Marmara Sea, Mediteranaian Sea.

Water, I love Turkey

15. … this one I leave for you to fill. Tell me why you love Turkey? Or if you have never been why would you like to give this amazing country a go!

205 thoughts on “Turkey – Endless reasons why I love it so much!

  1. Neha

    Very well described. Actually was planning to spend my winter vacation in Turkey. And, as I’m a foodie who loves to explore food destinations, seems like Turkey is a good choice for me. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Katherin

    Bookmarked!!, I love your site!
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  3. Zoelle

    I tend not to leave a response, however, I looked at some of the remarks on. I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s alright. Is it just me or do a few of these responses come across like they are left by brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are writing at additional online social sites, I would like to keep up with you. Would you list of the complete URLs of all your social networking pages like your twitter feed, Facebook page or LinkedIn profile?

    • Hey Zoelle,

      I really do not understand the remarks about other comments on this blog post, have you read them or are you just trying to be funny?
      As for my social media, if you had a look at my blog there are all in the top left of my sidebar, very easy to find for someone who really looks for them.
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  4. Eiliyah

    Turkey has never been on my bucket list, but after reading this, I think I have to include it in my itinerary!! May I know what is the best time to visit Any Turkey? Thanks in advance!

  5. Ursula Flury

    I really can’t believe how great this site is. Keep up the good work. I’m going to tell all my friends about this place.

  6. I don’t have anything to tell you about it you tell us everything about it to don’t have many details

  7. Mick

    Without a doubt – Istanbul is my top 5 favorite cities of all time! Cappadocia is on my list for next year!!

  8. Ergfir

    Thanks – Enjoyed this article, is there any way I can receive an alert email whenever there is a new article?

  9. Reggie Friesner

    Hi there, I enjoy reading all of your article post. I wanted to write a little comment to support you.

  10. Mevlut Uysal

    Hi there,

    Thanks a lot for the valuable information on Turkey as I am about to leave for 10 days Turkey trip. Now, I know what I should see there and I am just waiting for eating Turkish delicacy. Let’s see how my Turkey trip turns out to be.

    I am so excited to be there!!

  11. Non-name

    Turkey peoples are very honest. I love turkey. I am Turkey admire.

    • Glad to hear that, I like Turkey a lot as well!

  12. David Rohl

    Hi there i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i read this
    post i thought i could also make comment due to this brilliant paragraph.

    • Hey I guess I should feel honoured by you commenting.. if only you would not try to sneak in some spammy link with this comment LOL
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  13. Ja

    Wow Great Post. Turkey is one of the most beautiful countries which have natural beauty and adventure experience. Its so nice place go to Turkey for tourism.
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  14. Emrah

    Thank you for your good words Marysia. :))

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  16. Nuray Aykin

    I love the list you have about Turkey. You captured the essence even though the list is almost endless and I can add more and more, from Black Sea to South East Turkey where Nemrut Mountain and Gobekli Tepe are. I finally took the hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia and it was amazing.

  17. Olielo

    I also love Turkey for food, you have a lot of diversity and it is usually pretty tasty. Then, spots like Bodrum are really nice.

  18. jan

    The friendly, helpful, funny Turkish People and a million other things and the people :)
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    • Marie

      I’m stationed in Turkey. The history, culture and the hospitality of the people cannot be compared. I went to Istanbul, Antalya & 0lympus, Fethiye, Cappadocia, Pamukkale & Hierapolis, and Ephesus. Best 15 days of my life. This trip even made me consider living in Turkey. I absolutely love this place.

  20. Shuk

    Awesome post! Turkey looks and sounds amazing can’t wait to visit! I saw that Somalia was on your list of countries to visit if you do I would advise visiting the northern part also known as Somaliland is really safe for foreigners. Hargesia is the major city in that area I think you would enjoy it there! :)

  21. Zenkov

    I’d perpetually want to be update on new posts… love you blog Marysia!

    • Glad to hear that Dear. Thank you for your kind words.

  22. Ibrahim

    Merhaba Marysia, great post!

  23. Varol Aydın

    If you need any assistance about Turkey, I’m here to help you about anything you want. With all my best wishes.

  24. Rebekah

    I love this. Turkey is amazing… I didn’t love the markets though, well I did but just for a short time and then I was tired. The spice market in Istanbul was one of my favourites ever. I agree that there really is something for everyone there.
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  25. Samantha

    I’ve been seeing more posts pop up about Turkey and now I absolutely see why! It looks like a gorgeous country with many unique things to experience. I’d love to go to a bazaar, and eat that food!
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  26. Marie-Carmen

    Really do agree with you, Turkey is a fantastic country. It’s not just the nature and the mix of culture, it’s, as you said, everything! The food is gorgeous (gosh I could do with some now…) the sweets (damn your pictures got me drowling!), the people, the tea, the smoke… All of it!
    I really feel like going back there one day and explore it properly!
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  27. Marilyn Jones

    Your photographs are brilliant and I love the way you organized the article for not only ease-of-read, but also future reference!

  28. Conversant Traveller

    Having recently been to Turkey in February for the first time I totally agree!! It’s an amazing place, and lived up to all expectations, especially ballooning in Cappadocia and visiting the stunning blue mosque in Istanbul, wish we had architecture like that. Hope to return in the summer one day for some coast action (thought it might be a bit too chilly in winter!) :-) Lovely photos by the way!

    • Thanks a lot for your nice words! I love Turkey, the only problem is that summer is too hot :)
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  29. Jon Patrick

    I’m ashamed to admit for far too long I’ve lumped Turkey in with “over there”, near the middle east. Great history, but probably not a place I wanted to go.
    Luckily, I’ve educated myself about it and it’s among the top places I want to go to, for many of the reasons mentioned above by you! Fabulous food and sweets, history and natural beauty you can pour yourself into.
    Fabulous article, thank you!

  30. Charli

    There’s so much of Europe I have yet to explore. Thanks for highlighting such a diverse region!
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  31. Vid


    We couldn’t have agreed more – we have been to Istanbul and Izmir. Absolutely loved the food, the architecture, and the people. Everything in Turkey is just so fascinating, isn’t it?

    You have made us nostalgic about our stay in Turkey :)
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  32. Cacinda Maloney

    Wow! What a fabulous article about Turkey! I loved Istanbul and did get a chance to go diving, but unfortunately did not make it out to Cappadocia, which is a place I would love to visit one day.
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    • Cacinda is a real must of Turkey, it is a superb place! Cappadocia is one of very little places I think about going back again and again and again :)
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  33. Dawn Kealing

    I LOVE this post!!! I have been to Egypt & Jordan, I prefered Jordan over Egypt exactly for the reasons you specified in this post. I have always been fascinated with Turkey and I really need to get my butt over there. Thank you for all the info about it, I will definitely be bookmarking this post for when I go! :) Did I mention I loved this post?!! :)
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    • I love your comment. Thanks a lot Dawn for your nice words. I really think that Turkey is an amazing country to travel in, it has it all for all :) Jordan is an amazing place but not for everyone, I know people who didn’t like it that much. While Turkey always charm everyone up :) Did I mention I loved your comment? Ha ha ha LOL
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  34. Adam Evans

    Great post. I’ve never been to Turkey (almost, but Kos is a couple of miles away) but this makes a compelling case to visit. Cool diving photos.
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    • Thanks Adam, diving was superb and those Boys were just extraordinary divers, I had so much fun!
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  35. Sam

    Well I have to say – Thank you! What a great lesson on Turkey, I have never been and it has never been very high on my list to visit but WOW what a beautiful place, filled with great history, food and people!
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  36. I love Çay in Turkey and turkish coffee too. Feels more authentic perhaps! I really need to get myself back to Turkey sometime soon too.
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  37. My first visit to Turkey was when we were on a cruise ship and we stopped in Kusadasi for Ephesus. I so want to go back – especially to Istanbul. To spend more quality time learning more about the people, food and culture. Thanks for this inspiration to start planning a trip back – sooner rather than later.
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  38. antonette

    I’ve only been to Turkey once and who knows I will be back one day. It was a summer vacation to one of the crazy tourist places. I heard there’s some great hiking – yet so much to see, so little time…
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  39. Marie-Carmen

    Really I can understand you: Turkey is fantastic. As you said: full of natural wonders, culture, history and the food… Oh the beautiful food…
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  40. Turkey is the number 1 holiday destination for Germans and despite having lived in Germany for 20 years I have never made it. If I ever move back to Europe I will definitely visit. It looks like such a gorgeous place.

    • Tammy it is indeed, but it may have a bad reputation as cheap all inclusive holidays, but Turkey has so much more to offer as soon as you try to travel on your own :)
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  41. Zof

    Great post! I’m heading to Istanbul this Saturday. Thank you for the inspiration!
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  42. Hannah

    Haven’t made it to turkey yet but its on the list- especially taking a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia :D

  43. Steve

    Turkey is one of my fave countries too ! :) I spent a month there and i’d def keen to go back for more, but maybe not in the dead of winter again.
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  44. Becky Padmore

    I’m ashamed to say I haven’t been yet but I will one day and you’ve made a very convincing case! :-)
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    • Ha ha ha Becky there is nth to be ashamed of, I bet you been many paces I haven’t visit as well! :)
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  45. Love all your pictures and thanks for sharing your love for Turkey. Turkey has been on my travel wish list for so long for most of the reasons you cited. But, you’ve just given me more things to think about to travel there sooner. What a wonderful country full of so many diverse landscapes and architecture. I have only heard great things about Turkey. Cappadocia just looks so out of this world amazing!

    • I’m glad to hear it Mary. Turkey is really true gem when I get to think of it. So divers and so great to travel in :) You indeed should visit sooner than later :)
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  46. brandituptravel

    We love Turkey for the same reasons, wonderful destination!

  47. Baris Zafer

    Hi Pass-angel,

    My friend Bettina Meyer has forwarded you observation about Turkey.
    Next time you should give a call for more İzmir – Alaçatı – Şirince – Marmaris…

    Thank you for meaningful and right promotion that you have done already.

    Our doors always open for good friends of Turkey.


    • Hello Baris, thanks for stopping by! I have been in Izmir and area last May, loved every minute of this trip :)
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  48. Bobbi Parish-Logie

    Wow, Marysia, I’ve been all over the Middle East, Caribbean and North America but never considered Turkey. Now though, after reading your wonderful post and looking at your gorgeous pictures, I am putting it on my bucket list. Thank you for pointing out the incredible reasons to visit this country! ~ Bobbi

    • Bobbi I’m very glad to hear that, I have been all over Middle East as well, I love this region of the world! But Turkey is sth really great!
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    • Holger

      I am addicted in the sweets of Turkey !!! Thanks for these nice pictures …

  49. lyn

    I would love to taste there food it looks so delicious :)

  50. Quarter Life Cents

    Istanbul is the only place I want to go. I am so excited that you wrote this post. It is on my bucket list and I just can’t wait.

  51. Natalie

    This is an artful excursion: the food, the architecture, the scenery, the people and the historic value of the land. I have experienced the joy of a hookah, even that vessel is as beautiful as the tobacco. Your photos are gorgeous!

  52. Sheena

    I just wrote about Turkey in my blog post for today. Those pictures are beautiful!!

  53. Natasha

    OH! Merhaba! Now Turkey is really on my bucket list of places I must go! I already am a fan of Turkish music and baklava and henna designs… your photos and descriptions make me want to pack my bags right now!

  54. Jenna

    Great reasons to love Turkey–this just pushes Turkey even higher on my list–I need to go right now, lol!!
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  55. Sarah

    I couldn’t imagine a more accurate list! I love Turkey for same reasons, although I didn’t get to dive. I would probably add “belly dancing” as well!

  56. Snap Happy Mom

    I’ve never been to Turkey, but I did spend several months in Israel. Many of the things I loved about that country look like they are similar in Turkey: the people, history, food, traditions, markets, and archeology, for a few. Turkey wasn’t on my dream travel list, but I think if I go back to Israel I will simply have to stop over there for a time. It looks wonderful!

    • Israel is one of my favourite countries in the world and it is amazing for many different reasons, some of them are quiet similar but those countries are very different when I get to think of it. There maybe some similarities and main reasons like people, archeology, food but when you get to specific details it is very different… I may actually write such kind of article about Israel soon. Maybe it will become a series on my blog :)
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  57. Your pictures are beautiful! I, unlike you, am a BIG fan of sweets, and I’d love to try Turkish sweets! A friend at work brought in some Turkish candy once and it was so good! I also love dance, so I’d love to see Turkish dancing.

  58. Lisa

    Beautiful post! Having had some friends who have gone to Turkey, it has slowly but surely been moving up on my travel wish list. Your post makes me want to go now! It was very insightful! Thank you!

  59. Wow — what an exciting trip! I love the pictures and it does looking a wonderful exciting and beautiful country. We don’t travel much, but I’ll add this to the bucket list!

    • Thanks Lindsey, and those pictures are from many trips, Turkey way too big to do everything at once :)
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  60. carmem

    What beautiful pictures and descriptions of your journeys. I really like your website and it is so easy to navigate. Your post makes me want to travel to Turkey. Thanks :)

  61. Ana

    I have never been to Turkey, but such great reasons you list here for visiting! I think the history, people and architecture are definitely top reasons to make the trip for anyone who travels frequently. Also think it would be interesting to explore more of the Turkish cuisine!

  62. Emily

    Turkey looks like a beautiful country to visit. I’d love to go there sometime!

  63. Charity

    I’ve never been to Turkey, but after reading your post, it sounds like a great place to visit. The ancient archeological sites and the bazaars are two of the things I would love to see. But it all looks very interesting.

  64. Ohhh, this is making me want to go to Turkey even more than I already wanted to go. Great post and lovely pics.
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  65. Shaleen

    Wow… I’d love to be a travel blogger… but how does one get about doing it?

    • Ha ha ha, I think everyone can be a travel blogger, if you travel and write about it you can call yourself a travel blogger, but making a full time living out of it is a different story. And as I do not I do not know the answer for this question :)
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  66. I haven’t travel much but I had a relative that was once stationed in Turkey. Looks lovely.
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  67. Wow, these pictures are gorgeous and I must say that although Turkey was never on my list of places to visit before, I will certainly add it after reading this. I love food and history as well and how wonderful that this country has so much of it to offer. Thanks for sharing.

  68. Lisa DB Taylor

    Oh it sounds wonderful! I am inspired. What a lovely post and great photos.

  69. Sheila R.

    I had never thought of traveling to Turkey before but now after reading this I must say, it is a place I would really like to visit someday. I would love to visit the Bazaars, see the architecture, and meet the locals. Thanks for sharing this beautiful place with us!

  70. Jessica

    I loved traveling vicariously through this post. The pictures are beautiful as are your descriptions of why you love this area of the world! You make me want to visit Turkey, but I’ll have to do it through your blog.
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    • Jessica, I do it all the time! Travel through people stories, but than I have to go myself…. ha ha ha
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  71. Ok, I’m sold! When do we leave? You had me at Turkish Delight. LOL

    We almost had a press trip to Turkey all set up a few years ago, but then the sponsors dropped out at the last minute. It’s definitely on our Bucket List!
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    • Ha ha ha Bret, you definitely should! Shame for that press trip, I’m sure you would love it :)
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  72. Yona Williams

    Oh wow – I LOVE the layout of your blog, and your writing is so engaging. Your vibrant pictures really enhance this post, and I want to visit Turkey now…but need a passport first.

    I would love to see some of the archeological sites and architecture. I’m also a foodie, and would love to try out some sweets. Also, now I am very curious about cay.

    One thing I didn’t see mentioned in the post was animals…what kind of different animals and dogs do they have in Turkey?
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    • Yona, you better do get your passport fast :)

      When it comes to animals they have lot of sea and sky type of species. Many very rear and on the Endangered and Vulnerable List such as Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Mediterranean Monk Seal, Northern Bald Ibis or Dalmatian Pelican… and many many more.
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  73. Samantha

    Oh my I think Turkey might be on the list for me now. It looks amazing and you have great pics! I definitely would love to do the hot air ballooning and try all the food. Great article thanks for sharing! I just learned quite a few new things about Turkey today!
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    • Thanks a lot Samantha! Yes, the ballooning was one of the highlights of Cappadocia! It really make me happy that after reading my article people would like to visit Turkey. Of course it was my intention but it is good to see it happening :) As for pictures, I’m super happy you all like them, 100% my work!
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  74. Sarah Fazendin

    Was going to mention the coffee but someone beat me to it:) Great post!

  75. Jim

    I’ve never been to Turkey before but it looks absolutely fabulous!
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  76. Nancy

    Wow!!! An amazing place with such natural delights. Looking at the delicious food and fantastic market. I will surely plan my upcoming vacation to this place. Thanks for the sharing your best views. All are so much nice…

  77. adri

    Man, just seeing these photos makes me instantly feel like I have to make it my life mission to go! Beautiful.

  78. Your pictures are beautiful! I have never considered traveling to Turkey before.
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  79. Tanya

    Oh my goodness, what beautiful pictures. You definitely make a girl want to visit Turkey. Thanks for sharing.

  80. Diana Marie

    I haven’t had the pleasure of traveling a lot, but I definitely plan to! Turkey might just need to be added to the list! Thank you for sharing your experience and the pictures are stunning!

  81. I’ve always been a big fan of Hookah. First time I tried it was in Costa Rica, then several more times here in America! lol If you make it out to Nepal, they have it there as well (just be careful you’re not ordering it with marijuana). lol But I totally agree to traveling for the soul purpose of just eating! There are so many different dishes, drinks, snacks, fruits I’d like to try. That cay looks interesting too. I wonder if I can find it here in Colorado… ;-)
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    • Ha ha ha Ron I think you can find cay everywhere, you just need to know right people so they can brew it for you :) I will have in mind to be careful in Nepal, or maybe not ha ha ha lol As for the food, yes, yes and yes, I just love it :)
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  82. The photos are beautiful but I doubt I’ll be booking a trip to Turkey.

  83. This is not a place I would normally think of for a vacation, but your pictures are beautiful! Might have to reconsider and visit there sometime.
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  84. Brittany

    Wow! Those pictures are gorgeous! Makes me want to visit too!

  85. andrea k

    Now I want Turkish coffee and hookah! Ugh! Thanks for sharing this post! Your experience, photos, and writing are all wonderful!

  86. Debbie Williams

    I’ll admit that I never thought of Turkey as a travel destination until some friends of mine made the trip. They rave about it as much as you do. I don’t get to travel much, so I doubt I will ever go there, but it sure sounds interesting. Thanks for the info.

  87. Marysia, after reading your post, I am with you – Turkey is a country that have it all! Gorgeous photos. And the food, and spices… you just made me totally hungry.
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  88. I really want to go to Turkey! I was supposed to go this summer but I had to cut it out of my plans. Someday… ;)
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  89. Margarita

    I’ve never been to Turkey, although partying in Istanbul is something I would love to do one day! Whenever we go to Europe we tend to hit the northern countries – Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Poland. One day we’ll go to Turkey!

  90. Angie Astry

    Wow!! I had no idea how cool Turkey was!! Looks like a beautiful place to visit!!
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  91. Great photos! That food looks great and the scenery is breathtaking. You don’t really think of Turkey as a dive spot, but now I know!
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  92. Megan

    Seriously great photos Marysia – thanks for these! I haven’t experienced Turkey myself yet, but itching to get there. I should now go and have breakfast – my mouth is watering from the above photos of amazing food!
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  93. Shaun

    LoL, I’m the same way about smoking. It’s disgusting. However, a hookah while chilling in Turkey, that’s something I just won’t turn down.

    15. Hamam! It’s something you gotta do if you’re there. It’s part of the culture!

    16. The Underground cities in Cappadocia. – Was a big highlight for me. I couldn’t get enough of Turkey. Though it did give me my first case of food poisoning I can’t hold it against them.

    And don’t forget Peda!
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    • Hammam of course! That goes without saying…..but if I would be listed them all it would be a list of 100 instead of 14 :) Needed to leave something for the readers ha ha ha :)
      I really do not know what it is about this water pipe that such a anti smoker like me have nth against! lol
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  94. annette

    Your love for Turkey is infectious.. makes me want to go there as well. :)

  95. Gina

    I was drawn into the article by all the beautiful pictures! Turkey looks like a beautiful place to visit. I’ve never tried Turkish food, but it looks delicious!
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  96. Thanks for the interesting article- I’d love to go for the diving and architecture, but you sold me on Turkey’s other aspects too. I want some of those sweets!
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  97. Sarah Arrow

    Turkey is on my to visit list as I love architecture and archeology, and the whole place is just steeped in history. And although I’m not a coffee lover, a Turkish coffee is definitely on my to-do list.

  98. Jennifer S.

    I’m not an intrepid traveller, but I do love to read. I love reading books about different countries and am especially fascinated by countries in the East. Next time I’m at the library I’ll have to look for one about Turkey.

  99. Erica

    Wow. I really don’t know that much about Turkey. Thanks for the lesson.

  100. Rhonda

    When I was in Turkey, I only had a chance to visit Istanbul and Ephesus (which I loved). I really would like to go back and explore more of the country one day. I am always reading about and seeing photos of so many amazing places!
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