Our next stop in Turkey on our Neyzen tour was the ancient site of Assos which is less than an hour south of Troy! Ancient Assos is located at the top of a hill surrounded by olive groves, charming stone buildings and crumbling city walls and boasts spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and the Greek island of Lesvos! Assos is an amazing site that in addition to its spectacular views and interesting history also is an archaeologists dream with fascinating ruins and fragments of ancient pottery scattered throughout the entire site waiting to be discovered!
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Friday, June 17, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
After a few incredible days exploring Istanbul and an unforgettable day discovering Gallipoli our next stop on our Neyzen Travel itinerary was the ancient site of Troy! Most people only know about Troy from the movie but I learnt all about it both at school and at university and so to visit and explore the site with literally no one else around was such an incredible experience. The site of Troy was the home to a number of civilisations for more than 4,000 years and what remains today is a truly remarkable insight into the history of these civilisations!
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
As an Australian we learn about the Anzac's and Gallipoli Campaign from a very young age and for as long as I can remember I have felt the need to travel to Turkey to understand exactly what happened here, learn just how this shaped our very young nation and to pay my respects to the thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who gave their lives here. During the eight month campaign around 100,000 allied and Turkish soldiers were killed and now lay beneath the today peaceful lands and beautiful sandy shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Today the Gallipoli Battlefields are silent and preserved as a national park with marble and bronze monuments dotted throughout it and it is one of the most emotional and moving places I've ever travelled to. We are very grateful for Neyzen Travel who helped us to arrange our visit to Gallipoli to pay our respects and for organising us a perfect guide to help us learn and understand the history.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
After two months of travelling we've just arrived in Turkey, our second to last country of this trip and are really excited to be here! We will be spending almost three weeks exploring this incredible country in depth with Neyzen Travel and Yachting. the leaders in luxurious custom designed Turkey travel. Our travels began in Istanbul, the cultural capital of Turkey where we spent three days exploring this incredible city with its mighty Byzantine walls, mysterious underground cisterns, majestic basilicas, opulent Ottoman palaces, breathtakingly beautiful mosques, buzzing markets and the ever-busy Bosphorus strait. Istanbul is a city brimming with culture, history and magic with traditions still alive that are rooted in over 2,500 years of history! Like no other city in the world, the city of Istanbul bridges two continents which has fused cultures, ethnic groups, religions and history in its own extraordinary way and is truly a unique, majestic city.
Monday, June 13, 2016
The Times and The Sunday Times launched Insider City Guides in late March 2016, bringing together the expertise of the travel teams from The Times and The Sunday Times with the help of city-break experts at The Sunday Times Travel Magazine. We visited Barcelona in April and fell in love with the culture, city and of course food! If you are a regular reader of our blog then you'll know that we took a tapas tour which we absolutely loved and so were very excited when we discovered that as part of their guide to Barcelona, Insider City Guides recently published a fantastic article featuring five of Barcelona's top tapas bars! They then teamed up with Donal Shehan, the celebrity Irish food writer, cook and TV presenter who inspired by these top tapas bars created three tapas recipes which he presents in a 4 minute video which you can easily whip up at home in the kitchen! Donal's recipes are inspiring and accessible for the everyday home cook and he has over 375k YouTube subscribers! We're super excited to share three of these fantastic tapas recipes with out below that I am sure you will love!
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Nautika Restaurant lies on the very edge of the sea at Pile, alongside the western entrance to Dubrovnik's Old City and during our time in this incredible city we were lucky enough to experience Dubrovnik's finest and most romantic restaurant. From Nautika's unique terraces we had an unforgettable view of the Adriatic, Lovrijenac and Bokar fortresses and the city walls. The restaurant's chef, Mario Bunda, leads a team whose varied, delicious offerings include lobster from the Dalmatian island of Vis, delicacies from the local waters and many fish species which are pulled straight from the Adriatic ensuring they are always fresh and healthy. Nautika only uses fresh seafood and they source all their ingredients locally which is something they are renowned for. Nautika is a place that combines tradition, quality and creativity. It offers an innovative and refined style of Mediterranean cuisine. Nautika is a truly special, one of a kind restaurant in one of the most beautiful cities on Earth and it was a highlight of our time in Dubrovnik and a dining experience we will never forget.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
We're currently travelling through the Balkans on a fairly tight and busy schedule and we really like to fit as much in as possible in each destination. When it came time to travel from Budva to Sarajevo we were a little stuck as there was very limited public transport options and they were very, very long journeys which would take up a lot of our precious travel time. As we were researching all our options we discovered Kiwitaxi, a company that offers private transfers all over the world and much to our surprise and delight offered transfers in Montenegro and transfers in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as taxis in Budva! The booking process was smooth, quick and simple and the transfer was comfortable and affordable as well as saving us a lot of time!
Monday, June 6, 2016
During our recent visit to Sarajevo we booked our stay at Villa With The View, an amazing apartment located in a quiet, residential neighbourhood only a 20 minute walk from the Old Town and main places of interest in Sarajevo. Our apartment was elegant, beautifully styled and very comfortable and its location on a small hill overlooking Sarajevo meant that it offered what we believe to be the best views of the city and surrounding areas! Our hosts, the Teletovic family moved to Australia when they were 18 years old due to the aggression in Bosnia and Hercegovina. They lived in Australia for 17 years and a few years ago returned to Sarajevo with their two boys. They were amazing hosts and it was incredible to hear their stories and experience Sarajevo as a local in one of their beautiful apartments.