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Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia

Soaring over Cappadoccia in a Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia

Turkey is one of those amazing destinations that seems to stay with travelers long after they’ve gone on to other adventures. The unique vibrancy and culture that pulsates through the country’s bustling cities such as Istanbul and Ankara is nothing short of enthralling. Adding even more intrigue to the country is its unique rural landscape that …

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Impression West Lake Hangzhou China

Saturday’s scene: Dancing With Water

Impression West Lake Hangzhou China

Magnificent? Astounding? Spectacular? None of these adjectives come close to describing Impression West Lake in Hangzhou, China. Performers dance on stages that are set 3 cm into the Yuehu Lake—a natural part of West Lake—as they portray the Han folk story of Lady White Snake and Xu Xian. A dazzling light display turns the lake’s natural surroundings […]

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Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Saturday’s Scene: Cultures Collide in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey

Entering Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, I’m a bit confused. Christian and Muslim art are displayed side by side. Is this a cathedral or a mosque like Sultan Ahmed? The answer—now a state museum, the venerable building with a tumultuous history has served in both capacities. Emperor Justinian I ordered the construction of the massive […]

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Ceiling of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Saturday’s scene: looking up in Istanbul

Ceiling of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

On a visit to the Blue Mosque—Sultan Ahmed Mosque is the official name—you’re going to get a neck ache. I guarantee it. How can you not? Looking at the intricately designed domed ceilings of this Istanbul, Turkey, landmark is practically addictive. Are you planning a cruise? Use our Luxury Cruise Travel Planning Guide to begin […]

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