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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The Kapıkule road border crossing between Bulgaria and Turkey is the busiest in Europe and the second busiest in the world. In other words, it can absolutely chaotic at times and a major headache for travellers. Travellers can make their way across the border by foot, bicycle, train and bus. The queues at…

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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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