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Street Foods of Istanbul

One of the highlights of travel in Turkey is Turkish cuisine, especially jumping right in upon arrival to walk the streets of Istanbul with Alper, Deniz, Ozlem or any of our expert Turkish guides who are also culinary aficionados. Turkey has been a crossroads of civilizations for millennia which is why 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 suggested 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, street food is the most simple, fresh and diverse range of exotic tastes that are the essence of the Istanbul way of life.    Ice cream vendor...eat it before it melts on a warm spring night on a walking tour in Istanbul.   On all...
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My Family Roots in Turkey

 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 family trips to visit them in 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 by Ataturk in 1922. 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 of the German invasion of Poland so they zig-zagged...
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The Sweet Smell of Travel: Can You Smell it?

"The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it." - Rudyard Kipling Floral offerings in IndiaA 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 the smoky aroma...
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Guest — Kurt Kutay
In the rain forest it's like you can smell the oxygen. That fresh air combined with the scent of decomposition makes me relax and ... Read More
Thursday, 11 July 2013 06:30
Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Great blog post! I always enjoy when a memory from a trip is inspired by a smell.
Thursday, 11 July 2013 06:07
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Everybody loves Deniz, our Turkey guide

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 received...
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Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Deniz sounds like an excellent guide and I love the photos John posted from his trip on Facebook.
Friday, 28 June 2013 06:30
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Message From Istanbul, Alper Ertubey

Message from Alper Ertubey Istanbul, June 11, 2013  Alper has been the principal guide and in-country program director for Wildland Adventures in Turkey for 25 years. He has led hundreds of Wildland travelers and has a hand in organizing every trip to Turkey. As an educated, secular Turk who has traveled throughout the world, Alper has been actively supporting this public movement against the increasing anti-democratic and authoritarian government in Turkey originally sparked by a protest over the proposed razing of trees to build a mall in Istanbul's central park of Taksim Square.     Wildland guide and in-country manager, Alper Ertubey. By now you all are aware of the protests in Turkey and perhaps you watched the live footage on TV June 11. I will not go into political analysis (see the additional links below), but I wanted to keep you posted on the events. Many people are thinking that the police...
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