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Our family trip to Turkey was the first group departure we have taken, and it turned out to be one of the best trips. The reason it was so great was because of the excellent itinerary that Wildland put together. The knowledgeable and flexible leader we had, and the inter dynamics of our small group of 4 families.
Turkey turned out to be the perfect combination of sights, and experiences, learning and fun. Sleeping within site of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and hearing the muezzins wake up call to prayer was just the beginning of a cultural immersion in a fascinating country that is the cross roads of many civilizations. Our kids studies were reinforced every day, as we saw with our own eyes the remains of the Greek/Roman/Ottoman/and more rule. Our leader had a graduate degree in anthropology, and better yet, she was a mother of a teen,...
Wildland travelers hoofing in on the crowded Istiklal Cadessi pedestrian promenade of Istanbul.
Several Wildland travelers have recently returned from our trips to Turkey and remind me how thrilling it is to walk the streets of Istanbul with Alper Ertubey, Deniz Kilic or any of our expert Turkish guides who are also culinary aficionados. The Anatolian plateau has been a crossroads of civilizations for millennia and as such its cuisine combines cultures and ingredients from far corners of the globe. Every dish in this crossroads of cultures is a luscious lesson in history as described by this Turkish poet:
"Do not dismiss the dish saying that it is just, simply food. The blessed thing is an entire civilization in itself." - Abdulhak Sinasi
And, of course the street food is the most simple, fresh and diverse range of exotic taste treats that is the essence of the Istanbulli...
My family roots in Turkey have defined to a great extent who I am and what I have accomplished in my life and profession, especially guiding others to experience our world through adventure travel.
At home in Hollywood circa 1956 with my family including my Turkish grandmother, Babanne, who came to visit us in California before we started our on family roots travel to Turkey.
Born in 1952 in Los Angeles, I've been traveling to Turkey on family trips since the 1960's. My father was born and raised in Istanbul just after the new Republic of Turkey was established in 1922 by Ataturk. My father, Tevfik Kamil Kutay, hopped on a ship from Turkey headed to New York and then across the US to study architecture at Berkeley. He was 19 years old when his ship left Europe September 1939 the day Russia attacked Poland so they zig zagged...
"The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it." - Rudyard Kipling
Floral offerings in India
A destination is experienced with all senses, but we have to agree with Mr. Kipling that smell and travel have a particularly strong connection. It’s the sliver of a foreign place that you can always discern, even somewhere completely familiar and mundane; the faintest hint of jasmine in a local floral shop will suddenly conjure strong, vivid memories of balmy nights in Southern India, even if explored long ago. I like to think of it as our mind imprinting a destination by what it notices first, much like baby animals do when they open their eyes; they never forget the first thing that comes into focus. The travel experts at Wildland Adventures share some of their strongest travel/aroma associations:
“Upon my first visit to Eastern Africa, I instantly picked up on...
Our Turkey guide, Deniz Kilic, is always getting kisses and rave reviews.
Deniz Kilic receives rave reviews for his charming, fun and easygoing character. His greatest passion is to share Turkish culture by meeting local people in all walks of daily life, and by introducing our travelers to past civilizations through regional dishes represented in Turkish cuisine. So when the Lopinots wanted to venture out into the highlands and the coast of the Black Sea before joining our Turquoise Coast Odyssey we immediately thought of Deniz who prefers to travel the back roads. They jived perfectly because when he started to drive on a paved road the Lopinots insisted that they "get lost" on the side roads among small villages. On one such day driving the back roads in search of adventure they were invited to join in the annual feast-to-pray-for-rain in a local village of Amasya where they were...