Urfa: Much More than Kebap

Among the cotton fields. In Mesopotamia. This city not only offers easy access to many historical gems of Eastern Turkey, like Göbekli Tepe, but Urfa itself is also worth visiting. Late October is probably the best time to visit Eastern Turkey. Even this year, hotels were quite full, and one could see foreign tourists inContinue reading “Urfa: Much More than Kebap”

UNESCO’s World Heritage in Turkey: Göbekli Tepe

Historical places have also attracted me. I find it amazing how we have the opportunity to travel to the past and see how our forebearers lived, what they worshipped, and even what problems they dealt with or what they thought about. One of the most interesting places I have visited so far was Herculaneum andContinue reading “UNESCO’s World Heritage in Turkey: Göbekli Tepe”

Istanbul in the Times of Corona

I am writing these lines during the total lockdown – the longest so far. During the past two weekends lockdown in 31 cities across Turkey lasted 48 hours, right now, however, we are in the midst of 96 hours long lockdown. The reason for the longer lockdown is the National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, aContinue reading “Istanbul in the Times of Corona”

One Place& One Book: Naples

Reading is a synonym of travelling. I have probably travelled more pages than miles. Now that we are slowing down our lives for a while (and speeding up our bytes), we also have a great opportunity to read more or to remember where have we travelled and which books took us there. I hope toContinue reading “One Place& One Book: Naples”

Having a Good Time at Home: 5 Ideas on how to Improve your Knowledge of Turkish Culture

There is probably no one, who doesn’t follow the news these days. Without any doubts, the news about the Coronavirus and virus-related city and national lockdowns are what everyone speaks about. Many people will now have to work from home, and as many schools are also closed, pupils and students will spend their time atContinue reading “Having a Good Time at Home: 5 Ideas on how to Improve your Knowledge of Turkish Culture”

January: What to do in Istanbul today

Happy 2020! I hope you had a great start in the new year. As you might have noticed, I have renewed my blog in 2019. It got a new name (Spell A World) and a new image. Most of my blog posts are about Istanbul and Turkey, however, I plan to write more about otherContinue reading “January: What to do in Istanbul today”

Looking Back to 2019: Events That Surprised Istanbulites

We tought it would never happen, but here it is: The New Airport We knew that they were building it. We knew that they planned to build the biggest of them all. But we also kind of hope that they would cancel the project. There were many rumors about it (good and bad), but whatContinue reading “Looking Back to 2019: Events That Surprised Istanbulites”

Venice and La Biennale (and some eco-friendly tips)

Italy is Always a Good Idea So much has been said about Venice, can I tell you something new? I am sure that many tourist guides and internet pages cover the history of the city and must see places, that is why I won’t write many things about it. But I can confirm, that evenContinue reading “Venice and La Biennale (and some eco-friendly tips)”

Week #24: Affordable Breakfast at the Old City

Touristic places tend to be overpriced, but luckily you can always find some affordable places. Istanbul’s Süleymaniye neighbourhood has always been famous for its bean dish (kurufasulye) and recently more and more terrace cafes with nice Golden Horn views are being opened in the area. I have written about two of them already. One quiteContinue reading “Week #24: Affordable Breakfast at the Old City”

Week #20: Home, Sweet Home

Let’s face it, Turkish breakfast tradition is great, but there is no way you could afford to follow it on a daily basis. It takes time and money to prepare it and then eat it. So here is what I actually have for breakfast on a regular working day, that means on a day whenContinue reading “Week #20: Home, Sweet Home”