Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ocean View

One of the things I am getting most nervous about Turkey is finding a place to live.  It will be different because we will be changing from a house with a backyard, to, more than likely, an apartment.  Especially with the dog, it will be an adjustment, but I will say I am looking forward to downsizing and having less space to clean up!

One of the top things on my wish lists for an apartment is an ocean view.  We've been doing a bit of looking via Craigslist and found a couple with great views of the Bosphorous.  Who wouldn't love waking up to this view every day?

More pictures to come once we find a place of our own and I have had the chance to do a bit of my own decorating!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Turkish Explorations

As we get things together to move to our new home in Turkey, the tourist inside of me bought a Lonely Planet guide to Turkey.

While I am smart enough to know that these are probably some of the most touristy things to do while we are over there, I can say with almost certainly that this will probably be where I get most of my travel ideas for Turkey to start off with!

It has been fun so far to look through the book and pick out some of the things we want to do as we plan explorations around Turkey.  Here are a few of the most interesting things that picqued my interest:

1. Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival - this seems a little backward from the usual expectation of oily people wrestling - this 'sport' dates back to around the 15th century.  Wrestlers rub themselves from head to toe with olive oil and wrestle. (

2. Cappadocian Festivals - perhaps the reason this caught my eye is because it reminds me of Concerts in the Gardens from Ft. Worth.  This festival takes place in Cappadocia, an area with lots of interesting rock formations, with live outdoor music (

3. International Istanbul Tulip Festival - the truth is out! Tulips actually originated in Turkey before being exported to the Netherlands (

Looking forward to exploring - any other ideas on things to try out in Istanbul or Turkey?