The Perfect Venue in Istanbul Turkey

Gazing out over the Bosphorus, I view the moonlit bridge as it is illuminated in the early morning night sky, and am pleased that once again we are here in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkey I love Istanbul I love the cosmopolitan mix, and their style and charm always entice me to return here. Turkish interior design and their artistic […]

You Cook – You Eat ! Kids Cooking Lesson In Istanbul

You Cook – You Eat! My Cooking Class In Istanbul Turkey Article by Explorason, Age 11 years Travelling allows me to experience all sorts of cultures and foods, and I enjoy learning to cook all over the world – From Africa to Vietnam, and even Turkey. I used to always want to be a chef […]

The Travelling Stranger In Istanbul Turkey

The Travelling Stranger In Istanbul Turkey or An Angel In Istanbul? I drove into Istanbul for the first time in my life at peak hour – guided by a GPS that could not be trusted.  Dusk was creeping into the afternoon sky, and the voice that guided me from this device instructed me to turn […]

A Road Trip Is A Perfect Way To Travel

How long For exactly one year we took a very, very long road trip. A road trip that leads us along the ‘Road Less Travelled’ – which is by far my favorite way to travel as we meandered along many back roads, through lovely villages. With Explorason by my side as the perfect traveling companion, […]

Art Nouveau Charm at Armada Pera Hotel Istanbul

From even before the moment we stepped foot in the front foyer of Armada Peru Hotel in Istanbul, we had amazing service. What happened to us this day was unique. The roads were blocked so we had to follow a taxi in order to find a place to park and get to the hotel.  The taxi […]

Five Star Service at Sirkeci Mansion Istanbul

We drove into Istanbul at peak hour.  We arrived in the dark and stopped outside the front door of the Sirkeci Mansion Boutique Hotel.  Like a scene from a movie, staff seemed to spring from nowhere and in one minute our bags were in the lobby, and next thing a staff member (at my suggestion) […]

We find a cool bull in Istanbul

We just spend a few days in the Historical old town section of Istanbul on the European side. Now we move to the ‘trendy and hip’ European side, but also go and visit the Asian side of Istanbul And this where … … We find a cool bull in Istanbul It was only supposed to […]

We drove our car through the Bazaar in Istanbul

After a fantastic stay in Safranbolu Ottoman town, we headed toward Istanbul. But the car needed a mechanic – again.  It has a loud noise in the front wheel.  We had already had a service in Kalkan.  There the mechanic promised us he had attended to all on the list.  The next day, we had […]

Staying in a 200 year Ottoman Mansion at Gulevi Safranbolu

We are part of a Facebook group called ‘Families on the Move’ – a group of long-term traveling families who encourage, swap tips, share advice, and generally help each other. We also meet up from time to time, so the kids can play, and the adults can talk. One family in this group has been […]

Are we Exploring Outer Space ?

The last few days we have had a great time in Cappadocia, a region of Turkey that feels more like you have landed on another planet, but we haven’t – we have actually arrived in Central Turkey. You can read about it here. It is a weird and somewhat freaky place. It is like a […]

Visiting the Ottoman town of Safranbolu Turkey

We are here in Safranbolu – an incredibly old Ottoman village, nestled in the valley, toward the Black Sea in Turkey. It is raining and we only have one full day and two nights here. But we want to go out and see this amazing place. So our hotel organizes a golf cart tour. This is perfect. […]

Flying above the clouds in a hot air balloon

When we decided we wanted to visit Turkey, Cappadocia was high on the list of places to see. And a balloon flight over the valley, along with staying in a cave, were the two things on our ‘MUST DO’ list. There are a lot of balloon companies to choose from, but Cappadocia Voyager Balloons stood out […]