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CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY

Sunday July 26, 2015

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Cappadocia, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Cappadocia, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Cappadocia, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Cappadocia, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Cappadocia, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Ah, Cappadocia. I didn’t know such whimsical places existed outside of fairytales! We’ve traveled all over the world, but never to somewhere that oozed with such magic. From soaring rock castles to honeycomb hills, this enchanting place was like something out of a JRR Tolkien novel that whisked us away the moment we pulled into little Goreme. After weeks of majestic mosques, idyllic islands, ancient ruins and vibrant bazaars, we’d finally made it to the crown jewel of Turkey, and I couldn’t have planned a more perfect end to our trip …

EPHESUS, TURKEY

Wednesday July 22, 2015

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Ephesus, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com
Ephesus, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Ephesus, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Ephesus, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

The Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus were our last stop in western Turkey before boarding a plane and flying east to Cappadocia. We’d spent nearly two weeks exploring beaches, gorges, lagoons, travertines, ghost towns, rock tombs and picturesque villages, and this soaring ancient wonder was our epic finale to the country’s Turquoise Coast …

SIRINCE, TURKEY

Sunday July 19, 2015

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Sirince, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Sirince, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

Sirince, Turkey www.bucketlistbums.com

After a few days in Pammukale, we were off to Selcuk for our last leg in western Turkey. We made the journey in under three hours, arriving midday and leaving us an afternoon to spend in neighboring Sirince. The tiny village was a 15-minute drive from central Selcuk, but felt like a world away. Nestled in the mountains, the former Greek settlement was a picturesque cluster of charming whitewashed stucco, red tiled rooftops and cobblestone galore …