Guest Post by Gemma:
Since having children, our travel style has changed somewhat. Whereas we used to just book flights and maybe a hire car and then take each day as it came on a trip, trying to do that with young children proved to be more stress than it was worth.
So, although we’ve never been big fans of package holidays, that’s exactly what we decided to book last summer. We chose a destination that neither my partner nor I had ever been to – Marmaris in Turkey. Read more
Anatolian Days and Nights
- a love affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses and Saints
by Joy E. Stocke and Angie Brenner Published by Wild River Books 2012
Reviewed by Ceridwyn Parr Read more
Turkey is a wonderful, if a somewhat misunderstood, country. Whilst year after year families head to the popular beach resorts and take advantage of all inclusive cheap Turkey holidays, other parts of the country are just as popular with travellers and holidaymakers in search of something else.
Amongst these travellers are many solo females, along with women part of a group or on a family trip abroad. Being away from hoards of sun-worshipping tourists often means that local customs and traditions have to be respected much more than in other areas – something that can and does put many women off. After all, Turkey is a Muslim country and strict rules relate to women, don’t they?
This is true to an extent. But what actually is the situation in Turkey relating to women? What is there to see, do, enjoy and what should you expect when visiting?
Julie Paterson, owner of Venus Adventures for women writes
“There Bulgaria Church. There Golden Horn. There Yeni mosque. Mosque, mosque, mosque. Too much mosque!”
The cab driver turned off the meter, insisting on a free guided detour across Istanbul back to my hotel. In broken English.
In Turkey you have to live in the moment…if you do, little adventures are sure to be had. The cabbie only had about 20 words of English, but he’s a Turk, which means he can’t help himself: hospitality is in his blood. Read more
Just had a great email from Arzuk in Istanbul:
I am so happy to have found you:) One of my future clients recommended the journeywoman website and there I found you! I have a small entrepreneur web site for walks in Istanbul…i’ve done it all on my own so I am quite proud of it! ..I tailor daily walking trips in Istanbul with my 10 years of experience. I think I am the only woman who is doing this in Turkey..