Turkey photo essay: Family Adventure
Gorgeous Turkey – Photo Essay for Daydreaming
I love daydreaming about future vacations and exploration. A photo is worth one thousand words, right? Let the daydreaming about a family travel adventure begin! Turkey Photo Essay
Turkey Photo Essay: Instanbul
Spice market –
The spice market in Istanbul is an incredible spot to explore with the kids. There is so much to see and so much to smell!!
The spice market was really high on my list of things I wanted to see in Istanbul and it was even cooler than I imagined! Most shops sold similar things and the spices were piled high! The smell was just intoxicating, too.
The kids loved exploring this market which is so different than anything we’ve seen at home. It was a really interesting experience.
As I’m a BIG tea drinker I had to buy some loose tea. I chose apple tea which they vacuum packed into a bag for the suitcase.
You can’t get away without buying some spices here because they are so appealing. I bought several and have had fun trying them out at home in new recipes that remind me of this amazing trip. I especially love their lentil dish!
Hagia Sophia –
The sheer size of the museum, Hagia Sophia, will blow the kids’ minds. I was fascinated to learn that this was first a church. Later, it became a mosque and all other mosques are designed from it. I love that it is now open to anyone of any religion.
Walk around soaking up the atmosphere in a place where people have ventured for more than 1400 years. You can feel the history here.
You’ll probably have to explain what a cistern is to the kids before seeing this really interesting spot. It is an underground world that is especially cool fun for kids because it is spookily lit and full of fish!
Be sure to see the upside-down Medusa head.
Think shopping is boring for kids? Think again!
You can buy souvenirs of all sorts but one shop, in particular, was extra fun. This shop sells lamps made of very small beads of all colors. They look pretty when they are turned off but truly take your breath away when the light is turned on!
We were led upstairs to a dim space. When the lights were turned on the ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ from our family filled the room along with SO much color!
Small lamps were literally hanging from the ceiling ALL over the room with the exception of a small walkway were lanterns of all colors. It made me feel like I was inside one of those old Light Bright games. Remember those?
What kid, and mom – be honest, doesn’t love a souvenir? I know we do!! The stalls in and outside of the bazaar are great fun for travelers of all ages!
Did your kids earn some of their spending money by walking and getting physically ready for the trip? Read how to get that program started for the next trip. Let the kids interact with shop keepers and use real life math skills when they shop for their own souvenirs.
Topkapi Palace –
Beauty comes in all forms and traveling lets you and the kids explore new and unusual types of beauty. The Topkapi palace is really beautiful with geometric designs in the tile and stained glass.
Turquoise Coast –
My kids and I were stunned to find the turquoise coast REALLY is turquoise. Splashing in this colorful water is FUN and the photo ops are amazing. Look at the stunning color #nofilter in these photos.
If you are wondering, as I was, what the appropriate swimwear was for a beach in a predominantly Muslim country let me be the one to tell you….wear whatever you like!
Turkey Photo Essay: Ephesus
It is amazing to see the REAL places that you read about in the bible. Exploring the ruins of Ephesus with room to roam around and touch things make it the perfect spot for families traveling with kids.
This spot is wide open with ZERO shade so be sure to put sunscreens and hats on the littles. It is extremely HOT in the summer.
If you think you can’t wear a hat – think again! Read all about choosing the right hat for your face!
Turkey Photo Essay: Kusadasi
Kusadasi is a perfect coast get away. We stayed in a wondefully modern hotel and loved this laid back beautiful place. This glorious oceanside city is warm and has beaches!
Families with kids LOVE beaches. You can walk to a beach right across the street from the coast side hotels or you can take a taxi to the nearby Dilek National Park where the locals enjoy the beach.
Turkey Photo Essay: Underground City of Kaymakli
The underground city is an entire 7 stories tall (only 5 open to visitors) make this UNESCO site amazing. My kids say this was their TOP favorite thing to see in Turkey. It is truly an amazing spot for families!
Be sure to get a guide for this experience. We really enjoyed the extra information from our guide, Mustafa, who grew up playing in underground the city, before it was open to tourists. Talk about an experienced guide!
You can call ahead to arrange for our guide or just walk up and hire someone when you arrive. The guides wait at the ticket entrance.
Turkey Photo Essay – Cave dwellings
The idea of sleeping in a cave is something kids think is awesome! I have to admit, as a an adult, I thought ite was pretty awesome, too!
The rooms, even without AC, are cooled by Mother Nature herself. Super cool! We visited in the intense heat of early July and were amazed at how crisp and cool the room was!
Be aware that not all cave dwellings are created equally! They are very damp places and often have poor plumbing.
We chose the Cappadocia estates which has completely updated plumbing and systems to keep the humidity down. Interesting note…in order to update the plumbing for the hotel so it would work as Western plumbing does (read – you can flush the toilet paper), the owners had to update the plumbing for the ENTIRE town.
Turkey Photo Essay – Beautiful tile
I’m biased because I love tiles, ceramics, and really colorful things, but I think everyone will find the tiles in Turkey beautiful. Have the kids look for colors and patterns.
You’ll see colorful tile designs on bowls and vases, too. We bought some really beautiful examples on trivets, too! Don’t worry about trying to get it all home. The store owners are very experienced shipping things all over the world. No one can visit Turkey and not take home some of the gorgeous color.
Turkey Photo Essay – Fairy chimneys
Geology can be so cool for families that travel. It is really easy to bring up. I guarantee that the kids will ask how this interesting feature came to be so it is really easy to have this ‘teachable moment’ with your kids.
Not sure you know the answer to the question of how these cool features came to be? We have a geologist in the family so those answers are close at hand. If you don’t travel with your very own geologist 😉 then have a look here to be ready for the answer to that question. “Mom, how were those formed?” and “Why don’t we see those in the US?
These fairy chimneys are a spectacular sight. Be on the lookout for stairs to caves in them. Once upon a time, hermits lived in these fairy chimneys.
Turkey Photo Essay – Ephesus
In Ephesus be sure to visit The Virgin Mary’s house. Yes, that virgin Mary. Yes, Jesus’ mother actually lived here. Think about the age…the history.
So cool. History and religion come alive when you walk in the actual setting you’ve read about.
Turkey Photo Essay – Turkish delight
Turkish delight comes in many different flavors and family travelers enjoy tasting them all! Take a family poll to find out which one is a family favorite. Kids love exploring through food.
Turkey is a delight for the senses and has something for everyone! It is the perfect family destination!
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I hope the Turkey Photo Essay was inspiring! Is Turkey on your travel bucket list?
Natalie, The Educational Tourist