Where to Travel in 2014

Marrakech, Morocco

With 2014 just starting up, it’s time to start planning your year of travel.  I pulled together a list of great destinations to check out in the new Year with recommendations on when to go there.  I pulled these from lists of places I have visited personally to make sure the recommendation is not simply just a rehash of other lists.   Here is … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: What are you looking at?


Was out checking out the pigeon houses while spending a few days in Cappadocia.  I didnt  realize until I got home how much I actually really did like the photograph.  He seems to be checking me out and wondering who I am and what am I here for. Check out Delicious Baby, RWeThereYetMom, and Budget Sandbox for more travel photos. … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar -- Istanbul, Turkey

One of the most famous sights in all of Istanbul is the extremely large Grand Bazaar. The bazaar covers more than 58 streets, 2 mosques, and more than 1200 shops and it is easy to get lost while wandering through the market.  It was built in the mid 15th century and has been a tourist and shopping site every since.  This was just one of the many … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Taksim Square — Republic Monument

Republic Monument - Taksim Square -- Istanbul, Turkey

I seemed to find myself in Taksim Square often during my time there in Istanbul.  I'm not quite sure why to be honest, it wasn't near much of the tourist attractions of note in the city.  It seemed to be a tourist attraction in its own right however, with lots of people milling about and activities always going on.  Nearby Istiklal Avenue seemed to … [Read more...]

Friday Photo: Ballooning over Cappadocia

Ballooning over Cappadocia, Turkey

It was way too early in the morning and that last thing I wanted to do was get dressed and head out the door. We arrived at our launch place with all sorts of other folks and a small spread for breakfast as well. As we lifted off I watched dozens of balloons around me take flight as well and I realized just how great of an experience it was. It was … [Read more...]

Dervishes in Istanbul

One of the main sights I had hoped to see while I was in Turkey was the famous Whirling Dervishes.  Sadly most of the Semas put on in Istanbul are little more than tourist or dinner shows, and I didn’t care to see a tourist show if at all possible. To see a real one would be much more difficult and I did not have the time to travel to more … [Read more...]