Perhaps most well-known from above, Turkey’s Cappadocia, famous for hot-air ballooning, is equally as scenic on land. The region covers five Turkish states, but at its heart lie the neighborhoods of Göreme, Uçhısar and Avanos. Center your land-based visit to Cappadocia in these areas and discover there’s more to love in the region than just the views from on high.
Begin in the land of fairy chimneys at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Göreme National Park, an open-air museum boasting the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. The rock-cut churches include frescoes and paintings from the 10th–13th centuries. In all, the park features 15 churches, seven refectories, various tombs and cellars.
Dig deeper at Kaymakli. Here visitors explore a complex underground city with seven layers, from rooms for grain storage and stabling animals to wine aging and cooking.
Between Göreme and Uçhısar is Güvercinlik, or Pigeon Valley — so named for the multitude of dovecotes or pigeon houses carved into the rock, the pigeons’ droppings providing a valuable resource for neighboring farmers. A 2.5-mile trail offers hiking opportunities through the area with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Pre- or post-hike, visit the Citadel of Uçhısar, situated on the highest point in Cappadocia.
The longest river in Turkey, Kızılırmak, or Red River, separates Avanos from the rest of Cappadocia. The production of earthenware pottery in the town dates to the Hittites; relevant still today, the craft utilizes the red silt of the river.
Güray Müze joined the well-known Güray Ceramic workshop in April 2014 as a museum dedicated to the history of ceramics in Avanos. The first section of the museum houses originals from Anatolia from the beginning of production until the 20th century. Works of last-century artists are showcased in the next section before guests enter a cultural center where artists can promote their works across a number of different mediums. The Güray Ceramic workshop offers an up-close look at the production of these works of art, as well as the opportunity to bring home a piece of the fairy-tale land of Cappadocia.
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
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