SIMENA: A Hidden Treasure in the Turkish Riviera

It all looks like this
It all looks like this

Nestled away between the karst peaks of the Turquoise Coast  is the ancient village of Simena (modern day Kaleköy). Citrus trees heavy with fruit line the crumbling stairways that take travellers on winding walks across the hillside. Thousand year old olive trees with gnarled boughs and ashy leaves, and a Byzantine castle atop the hill complete the charm.

Lycian sarcophagi- smashed open and cleaned of its treasure by pirates centuries ago- are scattered around the bay,

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PAMUKKALE: It rained heavily and I have learned not to put eggs in my pocket.

Limestone formations, Pamukkale
Limestone formations, Pamukkale

There’s a mother carrying her daughter on her lap next to you. “Atatur! Atatur! ATATUR!” The girl chants furiously.

Her mother corrects her with a sharp: “AtaTURK!”

Outside your window, the source of this spontaneous worship is revealed: there’s a statue of the heavy-browed national treasure right next to the bus- and he’s looking right at you.

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CAPPADOCIA: It is Deceptively Hard to get Lost Here (Or Possibly I am a Homing Pigeon)

This is a bit of a bad picture of Göreme.
This is a bit of a bad picture of Göreme.

Kayseri airport is virtually empty when you arrive. There is one member of staff sitting amongst the impressively large collection of suitcases in the lost property office, and three security guards checking tickets at the door.

“How are we getting to the hostel?” Your friend asks. You both make your way to the front of the airport  and watch as everyone around you gets into taxis.

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UK: Angry Llamas, Nettles, and Geocaching in the Chilterns

Inside the cache
Inside the cache

Nearest Geocache 2.2km. Centre the compass to face in the direction of the geocache.”

You’ve navigated out of the town and into a field, where a Llama shifts its weight between its legs and eyes you warily. Why is there a llama in a field in Chesham? Is it even a llama?

More importantly: why didn’t you bring more water? You’ve drunk half of it already and you’ve only just started.

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ISTANBUL: The Balici Boys on Atatürk Bridge

Karaköy Tram Station
Karaköy Tram Station

You smell them before you see them: two young boys huffing glue from a crumpled plastic bag.

Earlier, you tried to visit Galata Tower and got lost in Beyoğlu instead. It’s a sprawl of streets set on a thigh-burningly steep hillside, and the towering apartment buildings quash any hope of using the witch’s hat roof of the Genoese tower to navigate.

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