Destination: Turkey

Interview With Rory MacLean: ‘Magic Bus’ on the Hippie Trail

Frank Bures asks him about the classic journey from Istanbul's pudding shop to Kathmandu

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Eight Best Cities for Street Food

Istanbul iStockphoto

Terry Ward lifts the lid on a few of the world's tastiest places to eat the people's cuisine

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Would-Be ‘Hijacker’ Subdued on Turkish Flight

A drunk passenger aboard a Turkish Airlines plane bound for Russia was subdued by passengers after passing a note to the pilot claiming he had a bomb. No weapons or bomb were found on the man, Reuters reports, and the plane landed safely in St. Petersburg where the passenger was taken into custody.


You Won’t Get That Kind of Room Service: Turkish Hotel Fires Promiscuous Male Staff

Ladies, take pause before indulging in your next foreign fling with that sexy bellhop—all male staff members at at the Image Hotel in Marmaris, Turkey, have been fired after a series of dalliances with guests, the AP reports. “The last straw was when I saw our bartender, who was a very decent man, walk out of the bathroom with a British tourist,” the hotel’s manager explained.

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Unsentimental Journeys: Wrestling With Paul Theroux

Bronwen Dickey considers "Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: 28,000 Miles in Search of the Great Railway Bazaar"

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Euro 2008: Germany, Turkey and a Conflict of Loyalties

I spent the latter half of yesterday afternoon watching the Germany-Turkey Euro 2008 match in a Washington, D.C., bar with a bunch of Turks while maintaining a text message conversation with a German friend. It was an odd situation for me. I’m neither Turkish nor German, but I’m a self-proclaimed Turkophile with deep-seated connections to Germany. Being that I’ve spent two years out of the last five living in Germany and only five months in Istanbul, it would seem my loyalties should be painted black, red and gold. But it wasn’t so clear cut.


On the $64 ‘Turkish Delight’ at an Istanbul Bath

Writes Melissa Myers: “Of the 1,000 Things to Do, I wondered, how had sprawling buck-naked on a wet floor made the list?”

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In What Country Does a Gallon of Gas Cost $11?

Beautiful Turkey. It topped a recent survey of various nations’ fuel prices conducted by AP correspondents. I wound up discussing the article with a big, burly Turkish immigrant who runs a copy shop I occasionally visit here in San Diego. He shook his head and said with a wry smile, in a way that suggested years of frustration with the country he left behind,  “At least Turkey is number one in something.”

Related on World Hum:
* The $4 Gallon Survival Guide
* Visiting Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul

Photo by Wrote via Flickr, (Creative Commons).

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Visiting Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul

Nobel Prize-winning writer Orhan Pamuk’s Istanbul: Memories and the City is “the perfect literary companion” for a visit to Istanbul, Ben Quinn observes in the Guardian. The memoir evokes 1950s and ‘60s Istanbul. Writes Quinn: “[F]or those seeking to avoid the tourism trail—revolving around the “old” city and the undoubted beauties of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque—Pamuk reserves a special fondness for Istanbul’s lesser known quarters.”

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Inside Nicosia, ‘the Last Divided Capital in Europe’

World Hum contributor Joanna Kakissis went to the capital of Cyprus and visited with a few ethnic Greeks and Turks who live in the divided city. One needs “a little magic” to see Nicosia as one city, she writes in a story for the New York Times. “We’re not the Israelis and Palestinians,” one Greek Cypriot tells Kakissis. “We don’t have to love the Turks, and they don’t have to love us. We just have to tolerate each other.”


Observing Istanbul’s Evolving Skyline

Photo of Blue Mosque by Papalars via Flickr, (Creative Commons).

Centuries of rich architecture define this city straddling two continents. But to understand how the new constantly challenges the old in Istanbul, the Boston Globe’s Tom Haines considered its architecture piece by piece: its minarets and mosques, its skyscrapers and soccer stadiums, even its bathrooms. For example, the public restroom in Kadikoy Park, designed by architect Gokhan Avcioglu, has “historical identity, looks nice and does its job,” he writes.

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Women’s Travel E-Mail Roundtable, Part Four: Being a Woman—Wherever

All this week, four accomplished travelers -- Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Liz Sinclair, Terry Ward and Catherine Watson -- talk about the rewards and perils of hitting the road alone as a woman.

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Where in the World Are You, Christy Quirk?

The subject of our latest nearly up-to-the-minute interview with a traveler somewhere in the world: Christy Quirk, a writer and consultant. Her response landed in our inbox this morning.

World Hum: Where in the world are you?

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Rug Burn in Istanbul

The men of the historic Turkish city pluck Jason Fields. And they pluck him but good. Did he mention that he wanted to buy a carpet?

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Tunneling the Bosporus Strait

Photo of Turkey’s Bosporus Strait by dennis and aimee jonez, via Flickr (Creative Commons).

We’ve got the Chunnel between England and France. Plans are being drawn for a tunnel between Spain and Morocco. Why not a tunnel beneath the Bosporus Strait, connecting the Asian and European sides of Istanbul? Well, there are good reasons not too, such as the strait’s proximity to the violent North Anatolian Fault. But Turkey has been cautiously moving forward with the Marmaray Project, which according to a terrific story by Julian Smith in Wired, will relieve some of the stress on the two bridges already spanning the Bosporus and also offer new opportunities for world travelers.

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