Divalis Hotel is a small boutique property in the heart of the Sultanahmet district. Its combination of excellent location, great value, and friendly service led us to stay here not only on our first visit to Istanbul but our second one as well. Divalis Hotel | From $90/night. Location: Divalis is located adjacent to the Old City Wall which runs next…

From centuries-old bazaars to glitzy strip malls, shopping in Istanbul runs the gamut. Whether you're looking to take back hand-made local crafts as souvenirs, or need some serious retail therapy, you're bound to find plenty of places to lose yourself shopping in Istanbul. Bazaars Whether or not you actually plan on shopping at any of the bazaars in Istanbul, you…

If you're visiting Istanbul for a few days, you may want to invest in a museum pass. This pass is 85TL (about $30) and grants entry to the following museums and attractions for 120 hours from your first visit: Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapı Palace Museum, Istanbul Archaeological Museums, Mosaic Museum, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam, Chora Museum, Galata Mevlevi…

Istanbul has always been considered the point where East meets West, both culturally and geographically. It spans both sides of the Bosphorus Strait which separates Europe from Asia, making it the most iconic transcontinental city in the world. It was once the seat of the Holy Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire, making places like the Hagia Sophia a historical gem…

A few years ago Shane put together my dream trip to Turkey. At that time we had no idea how much it would cost and we were happily surprised to discover it's one of Europe's cheapest destinations. With plenty to see and good transportation networks, their tourism industry is thriving and it has topped TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice awards for a few years now.…

Back in 2013 we went on an incredible two week journey across Turkey, and made this video to remember the trip. Apologies in advance for the length of the video, as we made it mostly for ourselves and never really intended to share it (before the blog was up and running). But we thought it might help others discover the…

We spent a long weekend over July 4th in Havana, Cuba, and enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Cuban people, their fine cuisine, and ever-present nightlife. Take a few minutes to watch our video recap of the trip and if you like what you see, start planning your own!

I try to read a book about every place I visit to give me a bit of insight into the culture. Consider this book, Dreaming in Cuban, a short glimpse into a small window of a multigenerational Cuban home. Though brief, it did gave me a little context in which to view Havana and the customs of the Cuban people, touching on topics like the white clothed Santería…

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