20 Photos to Make You Want to Visit Turkey Right Now

Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot air balloons dot the sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus (Efes) was once a booming port city in Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey

Cleopatra made Pamukkale her favorite getaway spot with Mark Antony

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul is open to visitors and worshipers

Turkish bath

A hamam, or Turkish bath house, contains a heated marble slab to lay on during your scrub and massage

Turkey

The Aegean and Mediterranean Seas come together in Southern Turkey

Driving through Turkey

Driving through Turkey is easy and safe

Cappadocia, Turkey

Sandstone caves and spires fill the Cappadocia landscape

Pamukkale, Turkey

Ancient ruins at Pamukkale, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque gets its name from the unique color of the tiles that decorate it

Cappadocia, Turkey

The stunning Ihlara Valley is near Cappadocia.

Istanbul

Note: this is a “show” Dervish, not a real one. Photos not allowed in real Dervish ceremonies. Photo credit: April Escamilla

Istanbul, Turkey

A man washes before entering the mosque

Istanbul, Turkey

The Hagia Sofia was originally a church, then a mosque. Today it is a museum celebrating Christianity and Islam side-by-side.

Istanbul, Turkey

Brilliant colors assault your eyes in the Grand Bazaar

Istanbul, Turkey

Each minaret of a mosque announces the call to prayer five times each day

Turkey

Each cup of strong, sweet Turkish coffee is prepared by hand

Istanbul, Turkey

The unsupported dome of the Hagia Sofia is still an architectural marvel

Istanbul, Turkey

The Basilica Cistern sits under the Hagia Sofia and once irrigated all the farmlands around Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest markets in the world

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Testarossa Travel is a collection of stories about the amazing people of the world and the places they live. Adventurous, funny, and often humbling or downright embarrassing, these stories capture my experiences with authenticity and are meant to inspire readers to get out there and see the world. Each tale is designed to give the reader a true sense of a place, its sights, sounds and smells, and most of all, its people.

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