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Goodbye Keyport! Not exactly!

A new page in our lives begins.  Al is retiring.  His last date at Monmouth University is on June 30th.  The entire months of May and June fly in front of our eyes. After a long debate, we decide to rent our house in Keyport.  We are hoping for a short rental: four or five […]

Our First Accident in Turkey: Snow in Finike!

The weather around the Mediterranean in winter is pretty mild. It rains a lot. Given that there is no rain in summer, the winter rain is very important for this region. You get beautiful sunny days in between rains. It rarely snows. After spending two days in Mersin at my brother’s home, we are getting […]

Jokulsarlon – The Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

Another unforgettable natural beauty in Iceland is Jokulsarlon, meaning “glacial river lagoon” in Icelandic.  It is also commonly known as the Glacier Lagoon.  It is about 230 miles (about 400 km) east of Rejkjavik.   Before coming to Iceland, this one was on top of my list.  Just looking at the pictures of floating icebergs looking […]

Sirince near Ephesus, Turkey: A Really “sirin” Village

After a wonderful visit to Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis the day before, I am very lucky to visit Sirince today.  It is just a mere 12 km drive from Ephesus and 30 km from Kusadasi. In the last ten years, I am hearing more and more about this village.  First, my interest with […]

New Cingiloglu Store Near Our House in Bodrum and Su Boregi

Perfect! A few days after our arrival at Bodrum, the new Cingiloglu store opens very close to our house. This is probably their 5th or 6th store in the Bodrum area.   We walk in at 7 in the morning before one of our daily trips exploring the Bodrum peninsula. Oh, boy! Now, I am […]

Hiking on the Rose Valley in Cappadocia, Turkey

Walkopedia.net names Rose Valley in Cappadocia as one of the best hiking trails in the world. I am so lucky that I had a chance to experience this beauty.   After my unbelievable  Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Ride at sunrise, we head back to MDC Cave Hotel.  I quickly eat a better breakfast than the  “small […]

Story of Max – Our Keyport Swan

It has been eight years since we moved to Keyport.  Our house is facing the bay right on the Keyport Beach Park. Almost every day, I watch Max, Keyport’s beloved, lonely swan gliding on the water towards M.D. Abramowitz’ house to have his breakfast and to have his dinner.  Max befriended M.D., or vice versa, […]

Zephyros – A Beautiful Name for a Beautiful Hotel in Datca, Turkey

There is a beautiful hotel called Zephyros Hotel in Mesudiye, a tranquil village on Datca Peninsula.  We are very lucky to spend many days there to enjoy every corner of this unique boutique hotel. Because, my brother is one of the owners.  And over the years, the hotel respectfully found its spot as one of […]

Story of My Book Cover and Return to Cokertme, Bodrum, Turkey

In 2010, my friends from New Jersey joined us on a beautiful Blue Voyage (link). One of our last stops was Cokertme in Gokova Bay close to Bodrum. Our boat moored close to the pine-clad cliffs. We took the tender to the little pier on the beach while gawking at the one of the largest […]

Why I love Traveling with a Travel Blogger

Another great post by Allen Milewski …. Enjoy! Travel is an Art, it is true. Its enjoyment doesn’t come automatically but requires a good deal of hard work. Oh, its true that there are different phases of travel and the first few phases- those of stress reduction and relaxation might be easier to achieve just […]

Why did I Buy a Turkish Kilim From Huseyin Bey at Mumcular?

Have you ever got into a situation where you felt you just needed to buy something? That is exactly what happened to us at a lonely roadside carpet store at Mumcular, Bodrum. A nice summer morning as we drive through the ups and downs of the mountain roads of Bodrum Peninsula, we come across a […]

A Day trip in Turkey: Kusadasi National Park and Dinner at “Yesil Vadi”

Kusadasi Milli Park (Kusadasi National Park) is very close to Ephesus.  If you are near Ephesus, make every attempt to visit this beautiful park! When I was searching about this park, I came across its full name:  Kusadasi Dilek Yarimadasi Buyuk Menderes Deltasi Milli Park.  It is probably the longest name given to a national […]

Dr. Erdal Gumus’ Kids at Cakirca Village, Kula Geopark, Turkey

One of the last stops of our Kula Geopark tour with Dr. Erdal Gumus, the head of the Kula Geopark, is Cakirca village where you can view the beautiful basalt columns. Erdal Bey also wants to check the new walkway and the ropes alongside the walkway that take you to the basalt columns. We drive […]

Many Facial Expressions at Aphrodisias, Turkey

On a beautiful spring day, my tour guide picks me up with a van for my tour to Pamukkale (Cotton Castle). I am excited to have a nice drive from Kusadasi (near Ephesus) to Pamukkale. There are two other passengers, and luckily, they have arranged for a tour of Aphrodisias, almost the midpoint of our […]

Asking Directions in Turkey

A funny story by Allen Milewski … We have shown many times before, just how incredibly helpful Turkish people are and nothing seems to show that more plainly than what happens when you ask directions. An example: We are driving in our rental car to some site or other that Nuray has heard is the […]