Seemingly super-glued to a sheer cliff face high above the dense forests of the Pontic Mountains, Sumela Monastery is a little known hidden gem in North Eastern Turkey. Built by Greek Orthodox priests 1,600 years ago, this Byzantium masterpiece with its ornate frescos and secret cave dwellings has survived through…

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To me, travelling is all about immersing myself in the local culture. The games below are not very well known, but offer a unique insight in the lives of locals and their pastimes. Sports form a crucial cultural aspect of a nations identity, and I love to have the opportunity to…

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Wedged between steep tea growing hills and the blue waters of the Black Sea, the Sarpi border crossing is the busiest crossing between Turkey and Georgia. In recent years it’s become more accessible and safe for travellers. Open 24 Hours Bus connection to Batumi on Georgian side No dolmus /…

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Butterfly Valley? Meh, you’re better off finding somewhere else, read further for where true paradise can be found. Unfortunately this “secret” beach on Turkey’s Turquoise coast isn’t worth the effort, there are much better options out there. Paradise they said, pristine free spirited wilderness they said. Hundreds of butterflies they…

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Where – Far Eastern Turkey . When – July 2014. How – 45 minute Taxi ride from Kars. Price – 10TL Entrance + 210TL cab fare. Worth It? – An explorers dream, just don’t go in the height of summer. Next Up: Abandoned Soviet Resort of Kobuleti Looking for that…

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