Road trippin’ the Turkish Riviera: from Kalkan to Kaş

You may meet somewhere a Turkish citizen who has traveled the world and will still say that even if he/she has seen the South East Asia, Caribbean, Pacific islands, some of the best beaches are located in Turkey. So I came to think about what is it that makes these Turkish bays so splendid? The first thing must be the special geographical location, that the two seas, the Aegean and the Mediterranean meet at the Southwest of Turkey and sharing the same geographical privilege with the Greek...

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Dreams Academy in a Mediterranean Village: the door to an alternative life

Located on a hill village in the Mediterranean region in Turkey, namely Cukurbag Village, the Dreams Academy is an open air complex converted from an old primary school. The Academy itself is based in Istanbul, here in Kaş, since 2014 it serves mainly outdoor activities for ‘Alternative Camp’ a programme for disabled and a project for adolescent girls who are socially disadvantaged. I spoke to Alper Akça, the project manager and asked him how his idea come into reality. It is such an...

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Mardin

Mosques, churches, terraces, tunnels… What we imagine before traveling to a city and what we remember afterwards, I guess that’s what we talk when we talk about cities. Before my visit to Mardin I had read about ;the city in the books of the ;famous Turkish poet/writer Murathan Mungan. In one of his books, ‘The Genies of Money’, he says that ‘in Mardin the use of the stones is very important. ;The streets are connected to one another by dark tunnels which are called ‘abbara’. These abbaras...

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Konya: a trip to the 13th century, capital of the Selcuki Empire

Most of the visitors come to this city in Central Anatolia to pay a visit to the mausoleum of Rumi. Especially in the last years the story of Rumi and Sems, two mystics who met here in Konya has become widely known. The Mausoleum of Rumi is always full of people. At one of the walls inside the Mausoleum of Rumi you’ll see the waw letter in Arabic alphabet: waw, this time two of the letters are looking at each other. The mystics interpret this as a representation of the fetal position of the...

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