(Photo: Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey via Sadik Gulec/Shutterstock.com)
So looking forward to returning to the Spice Bazaar. The aromas are amazing and intoxicating. Fresh and dried fruits abound. There are so many wonderful delights to sample, you won’t need lunch!
Our departure is fast approaching and I hope that the weather allows us to make our connections. Looking forward to exploring more of Turkey. Below is our itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul
Day 2: Tour Istanbul: St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar
Day 3: Istanbul and Cappadocia: Spice Market, Bosphorus cruise; fly to Coppadocia
Day 4: Cappadocia: Goreme, Avanos, Pasabag, Devrent and Uchisar (not sure I will do the hot air balloon ride!)
Day 5: Cappadocia, Izmir, Kusadasi: Tour the temple of Artemis, Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
Day6: Kusadasi: Tour Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Travertains, Cleopatras Pool
Day 7: Kusadasi, Izmir, Istanbul
Day8: Return home
This is a video I made after my first trip to Istanbul in October 2011. Istanbul is an amazing city, filled with contrasts and contradictions. If you have been there, you understand. If you haven’t walked its cobble stoned streets, you are missing a great experience. The people are warm and welcoming; the food is beyond amazing.
Short video describing the social aspect of enjoying Turkish tea.
Interesting tips to keep in mind.
Next month, two students, my husband, and I will embark on a 10 day journey through Turkey. I will be leading the students on a Spring Break Study Abroad experience focusing on the history and culture of Turkey. After spending a few days in Istanbul, my favorite city, we will travel to Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Kasadasi, and Ephesus, before returning to Fargo. I plan to add regular posts during our trip, so I hope you follow our journey, and if you are part of the NDSU family, plan to join me next year, as we explore another part of the world over Spring Break.