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Amazing 400-year old chess set

Amazing 400-year old chess set

Jul 31, 13 • HollandNo Comments »
We have come across this chess set in Rijks Museum of Amsterdam and I find it very interesting – both in age and craftsmanship. The figures are very skillfully carved to look like real human beings or animals. The black king in this chess set...
Humane side of protests in Istanbul, Turkey, June 2013

Humane side of protests in Istanbul, Turkey, June 2013

Jun 28, 13 • Europe, TurkeyNo Comments »
Since the end of May we have been closely watching the situation in different parts of Turkey. The protests began in the center of Istanbul in Gezi park. Early morning police moved in to clear the park from several hundred people who occupied it to...
Faces of Turkey

Faces of Turkey

Apr 6, 13 • Europe, TurkeyNo Comments »
Traveling is visiting places, but very often if not always impressions and experiences depend on people we meet on the way. Faces of Turkey is a small collection of people we met while travelling in Turkey.   This girl was sitting with her mom...
Street Art Istanbul

Street Art Istanbul

Apr 5, 13 • Europe, TurkeyNo Comments »
Some street art from Istanbul...
Best of 2012: Travel highlights of the year in photos

Best of 2012: Travel highlights of the year in photos

Jan 2, 13 • Azerbaijan, Georgia, Holland, Iran, Myanmar / Burma, Romania, Thailand, Travel experiences, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan2 Comments »
Year 2012 was very successful in terms of traveling and full of thrilling impressions and amazing discoveries. In 2012 I started my long term trip and spent exactly half of the year (July-December) traveling full time. First part of the year I...
The pride of the Turks - FOOD !

The pride of the Turks – FOOD !

Dec 24, 12 • Europe, Turkey4 Comments »
Ok…I know, you are all going to say: what ??? you are now in Thailand and should be writing about rice and noodles, and tom yum and curries…and you write about Turkish food ?? Well, yes I do, not because I am not enjoying the Thai food,...
Gypsy girl in the Zeugma Mosaic museum, Gaziantep

Gypsy girl in the Zeugma Mosaic museum, Gaziantep

Oct 8, 12 • Turkey9 Comments »
Besides amazing historical bazaars and inns Gaziantep Zeugma mosaic museum is said to be the biggest in the world, containing 1700m2 of mosaics. The size of it impresses and the mosaic images amaze. The museum’s mosaics are focused...
Is East of Turkey safe to Travel?

Is East of Turkey safe to Travel?

Oct 4, 12 • TurkeyNo Comments »
– Is it safe to travel through the Eastern Turkey? While travelling in Turkey you very often will see reports about terrorists attacks in the East. The name “PKK“ will be in all of them. That is a Kurdish party which is fighting...
Van castle - one of the oldest structures of the world

Van castle – one of the oldest structures of the world

Sep 28, 12 • Turkey2 Comments »
Not often one gets to see structures which were built more than 2000 years ago. When we arrived to Van people told us we should see the Van castle alongside with some other historical monuments. But not before I went to the castle & found...
Ancient inscriptions from 5 century BC in Van castle

Ancient inscriptions from 5 century BC in Van castle

Sep 28, 12 • Turkey3 Comments »
Some places house very unexpected discoveries. The castle of Van being one of the oldest structures in the world seems to be underrated & its historical importance seems to be undervalued. You will not find much information online. There will...
Turkish desserts (Turkish food part 2)

Turkish desserts (Turkish food part 2)

Sep 28, 12 • Turkey5 Comments »
The fact that I love sweets, I believe is no longer a secret to anybody. If this is something new for you, will confirm again : I LOVE sweets. They change my mood, make me smile, bring peace to my mind. Yes, I have a special relationship with my...
Crossing Euphrates into Mesopotamia

Crossing Euphrates into Mesopotamia

Sep 26, 12 • TurkeyNo Comments »
I had never thought before that I will ever go to Mesopotamia. This ancient name takes me back to school history books. Tigris and Euphrates, the cradle of civilizations and so on. These names always conjured great pictures in my head...
Breakfast in Turkey (Turkish food part 1)

Breakfast in Turkey (Turkish food part 1)

Sep 25, 12 • Turkey2 Comments »
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. And every evening I go to bed with the thought of the next morning’s breakfast…I know I know…it is a bit absurd, but I do :) In Turkey, breakfast (kahvalti in Turkish) is quite standard, if...
Iranianvisa.com (misunderstanding or scam) or how to get Iranian visa in Trabzon, Turkey

Iranianvisa.com (misunderstanding or scam) or how to get Iranian visa in Trabzon, Turkey

Aug 19, 12 • Turkey12 Comments »
Iran was on our visit list since the moment we started thinking of this trip. We had met a big amount of people who visited Iran and gave us very positive feedback about Iranian people, food and beauty of Iran. The question is how do we get visas....
Hitchhiking in Turkey: Sivas-Tokat-Unye-Trabzon

Hitchhiking in Turkey: Sivas-Tokat-Unye-Trabzon

Aug 18, 12 • Turkey5 Comments »
After we partied with our friend in Cappadochia we were headed to the Black coast again. We chose Sivas as a middle point between Goreme and Unye. 4-hour ride in a comfortable bus and here we were in Sivas. The city of Sivas is not very famous...
Pottery town of Avanos, Cappadochia

Pottery town of Avanos, Cappadochia

Aug 16, 12 • Turkey2 Comments »
The small town of Avanos in Cappadochia has two main attractions for visitors: 1) Exquisite pottery and 2) Hair museum. You are sure to visit the town for both or either of the attractions if you visit Cappadochia. Most of all Avanos is famous for...
TPR Travel Tip - Hair museum in Avanos, Cappadochia

TPR Travel Tip – Hair museum in Avanos, Cappadochia

Aug 14, 12 • Turkey1 Comment »
When my friend Lukas told me about the Hair museum from Avanos for the first time I could not really picture it. A strain of hair cut from every female visitor and attached to a wall? Thousands of samples of hair handing from the walls? Sounds...
Kaymakli underground city, Uchisar castle and Pigeon valley in Cappadochia - Day Two

Kaymakli underground city, Uchisar castle and Pigeon valley in Cappadochia – Day Two

Aug 8, 12 • Turkey6 Comments »
Second day started early. Precisely at 5.30. We woke up to watch the hot air balloons at sunrise. 1,5 hour & 150 pictures later went back to sleep to wake up for breakfast in two hours. Sightseeing program was intense...
Fairy Chimneys and old civilizations in Cappadochia - Day One

Fairy Chimneys and old civilizations in Cappadochia – Day One

Aug 7, 12 • TurkeyNo Comments »
We arrived to Goreme, Cappadochia early in the morning, right in time to watch the sunset and hot air balloons above our heads. Goreme is located in the middle of the Goreme National Park with rock formations usually called “fairy...
TPR Travel Tip - Hot air balloon watching at sunrise in Cappadochia, Turkey

TPR Travel Tip – Hot air balloon watching at sunrise in Cappadochia, Turkey

Aug 7, 12 • Turkey3 Comments »
Cappadochia is a mysterious place which looks like a different planet. The rock formation are unique and the landscapes are fairy tale like. One of the main activities here is a hot air balloon tour. These tours are provided by many different...