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The Origins of Turkish Baths in Syria

  • Samantha Libby
  • 4 May 2011

In some cultures, taking a bath has always been a community affair. Thousands of years ago the Greeks and Romans popularised the practice. Today, hammams (Turkish bathhouses) across the Middle East and Mediterranean give spa enthusiasts a way to relive this ancient experience and to reap the numerous health benefits.


Sustainable Local Travel in Cappadocia, Turkey

  • Samantha Libby
  • 15 March 2011

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed region of Cappadocia, Turkey, is well known for its magical lunar landscape and creative approaches to tourism like its cave hotels. Built straight into the rock or the facades of old manmade caves, cave hotels are everything from five-star caverns to brightly lit grottos for tourists on a budget. They’re positively primeval. And they’re just one part of an overall approach to travel that emphasises what’s local and sustainable.


Cycling in the High Passes of Georgia

  • Ia Kverghelidze
  • 27 January 2011

This unprecedented and challenging trip is led by none other than Jumber Lezhava, a bicycle world traveller, multiple Guinness World Record holder and UNESCO World Sportsman and Citizen. Lezhava has put together an ideal route for visiting cyclists. Time on tough roads is combined with visits to cultural and historic sites, and opportunities to meet the locals in isolated, mountainous villages.


Lebanon and Beyond: An Interview with a Local Partner

  • WHL Group
  • 15 January 2011

Every month, we delve into the travel experiences of people in the extended WHL Group network. This month we talk to Cindy Nehme of Lebanon.travel, the whl.travel local connection based in Beirut, Lebanon.


Photo of the Week: Wreck Diving, Kaş, Turkey

  • Hakan Aydinkaptan (Photo) John Hogue (Text)
  • 9 January 2011

The photo shows a replica of a bronze age boat sunk off the coast of Kaş, Turkey, one of the best dive locations on the Mediterranean Sea. The boat is regularly accessible by certified scuba divers of any level, from beginner to advanced. For sheer fun and historical excitement, this Uluburun Wreck dive is a must.


Photo of the Week: Köyceğiz Village, Dalyan, Turkey

  • Murat Demirci (Photo) Sonja Grau (Text)
  • 5 December 2010

This photo shows a landscape from Köyceğiz village, which is located near Lake Köyceğiz and Dalyan in southwest Turkey. There are only a few lakes in the world that discharge their water to the sea via a river. Lake Köyceğiz is one of them, located in Turkey’s Mugla province. Thanks to its unique characteristics, it is also the central element of the Köyceğiz-Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area.


Photo of the Week: Traditional Soap Making, Tripoli, Lebanon

  • Ronald Sayegh
  • 17 October 2010

This photo shows the process of soap making in Tripoli, capital city of Lebanon. Traditional soap is made from oil, which is itself produced from locally harvested olives. The olive oil must be boiled for six hours in large cauldron, while being constantly stirred to ensure a smooth consistency. Other ingredients are added and heated briefly to achieve a creamy paste. The artisan then adds the perfumes and puts in the colouring he has chosen.


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.


Photo of the Week: Al-Hamidiyah Souq – The Ancient Mall of Damascus, Syria

  • Syrian Ministry of Tourism (Photo)
    Ednan Ghamyan (Text)
  • 22 August 2010

Strolling through Damascus’ Al-hamidiyah Souq, one comes across many Levantine delights. The goods on sale include items of local copperware, wooden mosaic artwork and much, much more. Everyone should sample the delights of the Bekdash Ice Cream shop, which serves first-rate, locally made ice cream to help you gain weight! After a wonderful walk, you find yourself in the shadow of the the beautiful Umayyad Mosque.


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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