A "Bazaar" Experience: Buying a rug in Turkey

I love Oriental rugs, visions of Ali Baba and his magic flying carpet have always mesmerized me, so I was excited to visit Turkey; one of the best places in the world to buy a carpet. But buying a rug in Turkey intimidated me.  I'd…
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The Basilica Cistern: A cool oasis under the streets of Istanbul

In Istanbul, visitors flock by the thousands to the most popular sights; the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia. But mere steps away from these two icons is the Basilica Cistern, a lesser known attraction that is quite intriguing in its own right;…
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Damn that's good sheep intestine

We’re always on the lookout for local delicacies, preferably ones that are tasty, quick and cheap. After leaving the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul a heady aroma of charcoal smoke, cooking meat and spices wafted over us. We headed for the source…