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Turkey remains one of the world's most dynamic and exotic destinations. Once traveled by ancient silk and spice traders between Europe and the Far East, it was a land coveted by many conquerors, each successive civilization leaving its mark on the culture, folklore, and way of life of Turkish people today.

Smartphone Camera Tech and Tips | A Closer Look #020

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Throughout my professional travels, I've always enjoyed using a DSLR to capture high-quality images, but as I pair down to carry-on luggage and focus more on the moment than what I see through a lens, I've depended more on the small size and ease of my phone than a separate camera. So, on my recent Wildland trip to Turkey and Georgia I decided to a...
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Seven Ways We Give You A Closer Look At Turkey

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‚ÄčAmong all the Wildland Adventures in the world, our trips to Turkey consistently receive rave reviews from our travelers as the most memorable trips of their lifetime. Here's what two Wildland travelers had to say about their overall experience.  "I've visited perhaps 20 countries in the last 20 years, and the 3 weeks we spent with Wildland A...
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Welcome letter from Alper, Turkey Guide

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Hi Wildanders, I am very excited that Kurt and Anne are coming back on a Founder's Wildland Adventure to Turkey.  I met Kurt in September 1990 when I was 25 years old and we hiked and sailed the Turquoise Coast  together. This was a life changing experience for me. Understanding how much Wildland appreciates local knowledge and local expe...
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Welcome to Urunlu Village in Turkey

Welcome to Urunlu Village in Turkey
Welcome to Urunlu, a small Turkish village in the Taurus Mountains above the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. For the past 25 years we have been the invited guests of the Topkara family where we spend the night in their summer home en route from Cappadocia to the coast on our Turquoise Coast Odyssey . When we first made arrangements to stay with the Topkara family in their village home in 1989, Shefika and her husband made all the arrangements and their young children were delighted to have foreign guests coming to stay. On one Wildland trip, when the multigenerational Whitmore family arrived with their 10-year-old grandson the Topkara's grandson, Onur, who was also 10 at that time  took his new American friend by the hand and they disappeared down cobblestone pathways to explore and play in the village together. Today, Shefika and her husband since have passed away. Their three sons, Naim,...
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It All Starts With "Merhaba"

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We wander aimlessly around the small village of Urunlu in the Taurus Mountains early in the morning. Smiling, making eye contact, saying "Merhaba" and "Gunaydin" (Good Morning) was like saying "Open Sesame"! It literally got us behind closed doors and connected to so many people in this tiny Turkish village. We had no guide, no one to translate, on...
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