4Reasons Hotel Deck

INDULGENT STAY AT 4REASONS HOTEL, BODRUM

BODRUM PENINSULA

Flying from Kayseri Airport to Milas-Bodrum Airport requires connecting in Istanbul, and upon landing, an hour-long drive to Yalikavak awaits me. Yalikavak is a small, exclusive village in the Bodrum Peninsula, the “French Riviera” [...]

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Urgup Hammam Exterior

A PERFECT DAY in URGUP, CAPPADOCIA

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The components of a perfect day:

Shopping Massage Good food Warm weather SERINN HOUSE

At breakfast (a pancake-like item that Serinn House makes to order) I tell Eren about the necklaces [...]

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Uchisar

EXPLORING CAPPADOCIA: GOREME, UCHISAR and BEYOND

GOREME

My Cappadocia explorations begin at Goreme. Per Lonely Planet:

Surrounded by epic sweeps of lunarscape valleys, the remarkable honey-coloured village of Goreme, hollowed out of the hills, may have long since grown out of [...]

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Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon from Below

CAPPADOCIA HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE at DAWN

CAPPADOCIA HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE

Two things you’ve GOT to do when visiting Cappadocia: 1) stay in a cave hotel, and 2) take a hot air balloon ride.

There are dozens of Cappadocia hot air [...]

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Serinn House Bedroom

SERINN HOUSE, a BOUTIQUE CAPPADOCIA CAVE HOTEL

KEYSARI

I don’t recall why I booked my flight from Istanbul into Keysari, as the Nevsehir airport is actually closer to the heart of Cappadocia. I head to the Budget car rental counter only to [...]

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Turkish Flag

TURKEY PROTESTS, TURKEY PROTESTATIONS

TURKEY PROTESTS 2013

But what about the war?” asks an ill-informed friend, referring to my upcoming visit to Turkey.

“You mean the Turkey protests?” I ask.

The Turks have been protesting against their government this summer, [...]

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St. Ermin's Hotel Lobby from Above

ST. ERMIN’S HOTEL, MARRIOTT AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION

MARRIOTT AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION HOTELS

I used to consider all Marriott Hotels bland and unvaried: seemed like every guest room at every property was decorated in the same flyover state decor of green carpet, rose and [...]

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Big Ben London

ICONIC LONDON for the FIRST-TIME VISITOR

ICONIC LONDON

I cannot think of a more iconic city than London. Paris has the Eiffel Tower and Rome boasts the Coliseum but the two capitols can’t trump London’s black beetle cabs, famous clocktower, red-coated [...]

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Black Velvet Ferrari Posh London Car

POSH LONDON for the WELL-HEELED TRAVELER

POSH LONDON

It’s very posh, London. This city has more money than it knows what to do with, and that’s saying a lot, considering I’ve been to Dubai and Hong Kong. Mercedes S-class sedans (called [...]

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Hunterian Museum Piebaldism

BIZARRE LONDON for the CURIOUS TRAVELER

I seek both the boutique and the unique when I travel. Rarely have I been disappointed when I’ve sought out the weird parts of a destination, and the Tuesday (most small museums are closed on [...]

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St. Paul's Church Knightsbridge London Churches

MOST PICTURESQUE LONDON CHURCHES

LONDON CHURCHES

Obviously not having seen all of the London churches I can’t legitimately claim that the churches below are the most picturesque London churches (although I suspect no one would dispute my claim for [...]

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London Eye South Bank

QUIRKY WALK along LONDON’S SOUTH BANK

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LONDON’S SOUTH BANK

The South Bank area of London is bordered by the Thames to the west and north, Blackfriars Road to the east, and Lambeth Road to the south. A business acquaintance [...]

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