Bulgaria & Turkey Breakdown and Travel Tips

Bulgaria is a fascinating country with thousands of years of history and so much to see and do. If you’re looking for an off the beaten path destination, Bulgaria fits the bill to a T. It may not be the first place to come to mind when most people think “European vacation” but in my…

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Misadventures in Asian Istanbul

Here’s a list of things I knew about Istanbul before I arrived. Istanbul sits on both the European and Asian continents, separated by the Bosphorus The Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque are my must sees My friend Adrienne visited the year before and raved about this city (and the entire country) Turkish Delight is tasty Yep,…

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The Blue Mosque and Topkapi Harem

After a well earned a rest and some lunch, we head over to the Blue Mosque. From the outside, this is the building people often think is the Haggia Sofia. It’s definitely more impressive looking. However, while the Hagia Sofia is a museum of both Christian and Islamic art and architecture, the Blue Mosque (real name…

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The Hagia Sophia

After our tours of the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market this morning, we make our way towards the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. We arrived in Istanbul with no plan and only a map from the hotel, so we have to follow a few signs and other tourists to get to the right spot….

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The Bazaars of Istanbul

Whoop whoop! We’re going to Turkey! This isn’t part of the original plan, but when I mention to Maggie that Istanbul is an 8 hour overnight bus ride from Varna, we decide to check it out. I think she’s ready for a bit of a break and I always love a new adventure, even if…

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UAE Breakdown and Travel Tips

I really enjoyed my time in the United Arab Emirates. Those seven days just flew by. I went into this trip expecting there to be a lot of downtime, relaxing on the beach, floating in the water and catching up on my reading. Little did I know exactly how much there is to do! We…

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Dubai Nights – Beaches, Souks and Other Miscellany

Well, here we are. My last post on Dubai, except the final breakdown tomorrow. Today I want to share with you all the various photos that I took that didn’t seem to fit with any other post so far. There are quite a few, so just sit back, relax and enjoy the show… While Dubai is…

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Ski Dubai – Skiing in the Desert

Have I convinced you that Dubai is one of the weirdest cities yet? No? What if I tell you about the time I went skiing – in the middle of the desert? Cuz let me tell you, that was weird (and cool!). Ski Dubai is located in the Mall of the Emirates. Walking through a mall,…

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Abu Dhabi for a Day

The city of Abu Dhabi is located about an hour and a half by car from Dubai and worth a day trip if you have the time. Originally we were going to take a taxi for about $200 round trip/$100 per person as we didn’t know another way to get there, but as we’re walking…

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Dune Bashing the Arabian Desert

Every time I tell people I went dune bashing in Dubai, their first question is always, “What is dune bashing exactly?” The best way I can describe it is that it’s similar to off-roading, but instead of driving a pickup through the mud, you’re riding in a 4×4 SUV, driving up and over sand dunes…

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Lost Chambers Aquarium

Are you sick of looking at aquariums? If I show you more photos of one, will you scream? Don’t worry, I’ll keep it short. After our full day splashing around the Aquaventure Waterpark, and a tasty but slightly expensive (even with a buy one, get one free coupon from the Entertainer book) dinner at Ronda Locatelli,…

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Adventures at Aquaventure Waterpark

Are you ready for a day of good old-fashioned water slide fun? Cuz I totally am! There are several water parks in the city to choose from, and we have a buy one, get one free Entertainer coupon to Wild Wadi which would save us about $30 over going to the Aquaventure park. But I really…

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