Plan Ahead by Applying for a Turkey Tourist Visa Online

Turkey has been at the crossroads of civilization pretty much since there has been civilization.

One thing we learned on our visit is that a visa is required to enter the country, and the last thing we wanted to do was wait in a long line… CONTINUE READING >> 

Turkey has been at the crossroads of civilization pretty much since there has been civilization.

One thing we learned on our visit is that a visa is required to enter the country, and the last thing we wanted to do was wait in a long line… CONTINUE READING >> 

A Romp Through the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul

The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is the granddaddy of all malls – one of the oldest and certainly largest covered markets in the world.

It seemed as though most of the 400,000 visitors who come each day were inside with us.

With over three thousand shops packed in along sixty-one covered streets, we felt like lab rats looking for… CONTINUE READING >> 

The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul is the granddaddy of all malls – one of the oldest and certainly largest covered markets in the world.

It seemed as though most of the 400,000 visitors who come each day were inside with us.

With over three thousand shops packed in along sixty-one covered streets, we felt like lab rats looking for… CONTINUE READING >> 

Picture This: The Breathtaking Blue Mosque of Istanbul

One of the most stunning buildings we’ve ever seen!

Built in 1609 by Sultan Ahmed I, the Blue Mosque features a main dome, eight secondary domes, and six minarets, and is considered the pinnacle of two centuries of Ottoman mosque development.

Upon entering the mosque, Veronica was dumbstruck – unable to begin to take photos. She couldn’t figure out where to start.

We saw why… CONTINUE READING >>

One of the most stunning buildings we’ve ever seen!

Built in 1609 by Sultan Ahmed I, the Blue Mosque features a main dome, eight secondary domes, and six minarets, and is considered the pinnacle of two centuries of Ottoman mosque development.

Upon entering the mosque, Veronica was dumbstruck – unable to begin to take photos. She couldn’t figure out where to start.

We saw why… CONTINUE READING >>

The Basilica Cistern of Istanbul

We were blown away! 

Row after row of hundreds of columns hold up arches and domes this stunning work of architecture that was never meant to be seen.

Descend into the Basilica Cistern with us to see the upside-down Medusa and other hidden oddities… CONTINUE READING >>

We were blown away! 

Row after row of hundreds of columns hold up arches and domes this stunning work of architecture that was never meant to be seen.

Descend into the Basilica Cistern with us to see the upside-down Medusa and other hidden oddities… CONTINUE READING >>

We Loved This Place – and That’s No Istanbul!

Join us in a tale of Sultans and Emperors, of grandeur, conquest and really big ideas.

Istanbul surprised us at every turn – the colors, the vibrancy, the sheer newness of it all. We sat on pillows, had a REAL feast, learned to haggle at the Grand Bazaar and finally found out what Turkish Delight is!

Follow along on our adventure of slack-jawed awe… CONTINUE READING >>

Join us in a tale of Sultans and Emperors, of grandeur, conquest and really big ideas.

Istanbul surprised us at every turn – the colors, the vibrancy, the sheer newness of it all. We sat on pillows, had a REAL feast, learned to haggle at the Grand Bazaar and finally found out what Turkish Delight is!

Follow along on our adventure of slack-jawed awe… CONTINUE READING >>

Hagia Sophia of Istanbul

The Hagia Sophia could be one of the most impressive structures we’ve ever seen.

Not so much for the building itself, although it is spectacular, but for the fact that this massive cathedral was built… CONTINUE READING >> 

The Hagia Sophia could be one of the most impressive structures we’ve ever seen.

Not so much for the building itself, although it is spectacular, but for the fact that this massive cathedral was built… CONTINUE READING >> 

The Topkapı Palace of Istanbul

The sultans had quite a collection of jaw dropping jewels, among them a gold box filled of emeralds, multiple ruby and diamond handled swords and daggers, and the highlight, the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, one of the largest… CONTINUE READING >> 

The sultans had quite a collection of jaw dropping jewels, among them a gold box filled of emeralds, multiple ruby and diamond handled swords and daggers, and the highlight, the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, one of the largest… CONTINUE READING >> 

Our Voyage on the Brand New Royal Princess!

We’re live-blogging from the brand-spanking new Royal Princess on her maiden voyage across The Mediterranean and we’d love for you to come along for the adventure!

Follow along as we explore the nineteen incredible decks of the newly christened ship (by THE Royal Princess Kate herself – WITH the yet-to-be-born Prince George along for the ride!). We’ll be taking you “backstage” to show you the amazing amenities not found anywhere else, GypsyNester-style… CONTINUE READING >>

We’re live-blogging from the brand-spanking new Royal Princess on her maiden voyage across The Mediterranean and we’d love for you to come along for the adventure!

Follow along as we explore the nineteen incredible decks of the newly christened ship (by THE Royal Princess Kate herself – WITH the yet-to-be-born Prince George along for the ride!). We’ll be taking you “backstage” to show you the amazing amenities not found anywhere else, GypsyNester-style… CONTINUE READING >>