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Photo of the Week: Sustainable Hydration in Bodrum, Turkey

  • Gerard Oude Hergelink (Photo and Text)
  • 5 September 2010

One of the wonders of a sub-tropical climate, such as that found in Bodrum, Turkey, is its almost invisible hydration system on the ground. Generally no drop of rain falls from May until November, but flowers and plants in nature nevertheless thrive well.

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Yet Another 10 #whltravel Tweeps Tweeting

  • Ethan Gelber (@thetravelword)
  • 31 August 2010

Inspired by Make Travel Fair’s 10 #whltravel Tweeps Twittering, which was in turn inspired by the 10 #Travel Tweeps Twittering post published on Matador’s Travelers Notebook, in March 2010 we published 10 More #whltravel Tweeps Tweeting, all from the WHL Group. Given the interest in this, we decided to share yet another 10 #whltravel tweeps tweeting.

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Kaş-ing in on the Charms of Turkey’s Southern Mediterranean Coast

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 7 August 2010

The seaside town of Kaş, situated between Antalya and Dalaman on the Turkish Riviera is a true gem – enchanting, captivating and as picture-perfect as a film set. Hardly surprising, then, that the area does indeed boast its fair share of links to the literary and film worlds.

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Photo of the Week: Manmade Caves of Cappadocia, Turkey

  • Zafer Yazici (photo and text)
  • 11 July 2010

This picture shows a number of manmade caves, located in the Erdemli Valley outside the town of Yeşilhisar in Cappadocia, Turkey. Cappadocia became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 in recognition of its cultural and historical heritage. While plenty of other sites are also memorable for the presence of cave homes, Cappadocia is unique in the World for the sheer number of such dwellings. Literally thousands of manmade caves pepper the rock walls of the area’s valleys.

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Take in Turkey with Istanbul Urban Adventures

  • Michelle Rodrigues
  • 7 July 2010

Istanbul, Turkey, is one of those cities you hear about and immediately add to your travel bucket list. As the largest city proper in Turkey and the fourth largest in the world, Istanbul history makes for very lively discovery. Now you can savour the flavours that make your taste buds tingle or mosey about the hidden treasures of ancient streets on a guided tour with Istanbul Urban Adventures.

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An Update on the Popular Uprising to Save Turkey’s Yuvarlakçay River

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 3 May 2010

On 13 January, we reported news of a popular movement in the Muğla Province of southwest of Turkey to forestall development of an ill-considered hydroelectric dam on the Yuvarlakçay River. The development project would have wreaked havoc on the pristine wilderness surrounding Turkey’s Yuvarlakçay River, but appears to have been forestalled — for the time being at least.

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Kaş, Turkey, the Best Scuba Diving in the Mediterranean

  • Johnny Hogue
  • 26 February 2010

As perhaps the premier Mediterranean destination for diving, Kaş, located on the south coast of Turkey, frequently mesmerises first-time visitors. It seems to have a magical quality that people return to again and again. This is particularly true for scuba divers and snorkelers, who discover in Kaş’s waters its unusual shore formations, ancient and modern wrecks, reefs, canyons and large caves.

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Photo of the Week: Relaxing after the Harvest in Datça, Turkey

  • Image/text by Gerard Oude Hergelink
  • 24 January 2010

This picture was shot in Belenkeuy, Datça, in August 2007. I think it captures a stereotypical moment of a peasant community in the Middle East. We see only men, most of them seated at tables. Some seem to play a game, while others look on or may be about to fall sleep. Now, some of…

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Cappadocia Unearthed: The Handicrafts Renaissance in Avanos, Turkey

  • Luke Ford
  • 19 January 2010

A traditional wood stove in the corner of the sitting room heats the cool stone walls of this large cave-house turned workshop and gallery quarried into the hills of the town of Avanos in central Turkey. Homemade wine adds to the warmth as the ever-steady hands of Chez Galip, a local artist, mold masterpieces of times past.

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Say NO to the Hydroelectric Power Plant on Turkey’s Yuvarlakçay River

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 13 January 2010

The Muğla Province of southwest of Turkey is particularly well reputed for its natural glory. Unfortunately, the pristine sanctity of this magnificent green cathedral is no longer sacrosanct, as a Turkish company began preparations to dam – some would say destroy – the Yuvarlakçay River, as a major step toward construction of a hydroelectric dam.

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