Where to stay in Istanbul | The Pera Palace …

Where to stay in Istanbul | The Pera Palace Hotel | Historical Luxury

When I was researching where to stay in Istanbul, the Pera Palace Hotel kept coming up, time and time again. It was simply fate – even before I discovered the writers legacy living between the perfectly manicured walls. I have to apologise in advance for the photo dump, but it was such a breathtaking hotel that I couldn’t resist. This was a break we took awhile ago, so apologies for the grainy photos – but… View Post

Where to stay in Istanbul | The Ritz Carlton

Where to stay in Istanbul | The Ritz Carlton

I never dreamed that we would get to visit Istanbul, a city steeped with exotic mysticism. When deciding where to stay in Istanbul the Ritz Carlton was recommended to me by several of my friends who had explored the city straddling both Asia and Europe. Flicking though my photos the other day reminded me of how beautiful our stay was – and how I hadn’t shared our time there. [Well, that, and my only regret of… View Post

Where to stay in Cappadocia: Our Goreme Cave …

Where to stay in Cappadocia: Our Goreme Cave Hotel

Choosing where to stay in Cappadocia was a tough decision. I’m not being hyper dramatic when I say that I probably spent more time choosing this hotel than I did when I was choosing a wedding dress – and in the end, I made a decision via the less than scientific method of asking Mr Kiwi for two favourites, and flipping a coin. (The hotel, not the dress.) I love staying in quirky hotels –… View Post

Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia: A Dreamlike Experience at …

Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia: A Dreamlike Experience at Dawn

Our 100-foot tall hot air balloon floated above the ancient Turkish valleys filled with prehistoric stone edifices – and we just gazed in sheer wonder, 1,000 or so feet up in the sky. What I felt as we silently drifted above the pastel horizon while the sun slowly broke, is actually rather hard to express. Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia. Part of me thought that those images of hundreds of balloons drifting in the pre-dawn light… View Post