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A food odyssey in Istanbul

Istanbul is one of the world’s most colourful cities and Isabel Conway travels across it to uncover a satisfying journey of culinary discovery.  

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Walking the Lycian Way in Turkey

In front of me are small bowls of eggs, olives, tomato salad, bread and home-made goat’s cheese. I’m in the mountains in South West Turkey, at almost 2000m, and a shepherd is sharing her breakfast with me. This is one of the many joys of walking the Lycian Way in Turkey, a 330 mile long distance route on Roman roads, old footpaths and mule trails. It starts in Fethiye and ends in Antalya, running between the mountains and the sea, and it takes over a month to walk.

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Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Executive Lounge

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel

Looking out of my bedroom window thirty two floors up the gleaming new Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel, the full effects of the recent Siberian snowstorm were all too apparent. Istanbul was covered in a heavy white blanket and there wasn’t a car in sight.

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The Pera Palace, Istanbul.

The Pera Palace is an Istanbul legend since 1832 when passengers from the Orient Express were carried in sedan chairs up the hill  to stay overnight.

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