Author(s): Jessica Tamturk; Leeann Murphy
This Trip of a Lifetime will leave you with a new sense of wonder -- and some great stories to share.
Over its 8,000-year history, Turkey's crown jewel has won the hearts of emperors and sultans. Today, Istanbul is a lively meeting place of East and West, religious and secular, traditional and modern.
In this full-color book, expert traveler Leann Murphy tells you everything you need to know to make this trip possible.
Experience the life of the city by wandering the Grand Bazaar to sampling authentic Turkish coffee and mezes.
Appreciate Istanbul's past at the many historic and cultural sites, including the Ayasofya, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace.
Plan a cruise along the Aegean Sea and the Turquoise Coast.
Make inland excursions to Cappadocia and Ankara.
Choose the best guides, tours, and means of transportation--including bus, boat, and even hot-air balloon.
Camping in the wilderness with kangaroos and snorkeling through the coral of Ningaloo Reef introduced Leeann Murphy to travel at an early age. Such adventurous vacations in the great outdoors of western Australia only whetted her appetite for travel. It was a visit to a Balinese village at age 10 that really ignited Leeann's passion to venture off the beaten path and explore the delights of world cultures. Years later, with a degree in health promotion and a bevy of project management, research, and writing skills under her belt, opportunities to work with young people in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and rural Australia came Leeann's way. Although these experiences satisfied the traveler within, the long working hours had Leeann searching for change. After the untimely death of her father in 2009, Leeann realized life was too short to stay still, and as an avid bellydancer, she went on to paint a new life canvas where travel and dance took center stage. Through this, she found her second home in Turkey--and she's been feasting on the smorgasbord of attractions the country has to offer ever since. Today, friends consider Leeann "Austolian" (half Australian, half Anatolian), and her life has never been so full of color, creativity, and adventure. From hot air ballooning in Cappadocia to baking bread and milking goats in a Kurdish village, Leeann's Turkish experiences have led her to become a local expert and roving writer for Moon Travel Guides and Afar.com.