Postcards from Turkey

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

It almost pains us to hit “publish” on this, our final post from Turkey. Because, obviously, it is our final post from Turkey.

For now…

Here are some of our favorite photos of Turkey from our favorite places from (dare I say…) our favorite country?

Enjoy!

Thankfully, on our return to Istanbul, we had much better weather with which to explore.

Blue Mosque postcard
Istanbul postcard
photos of turkey

But we still ducked inside when we had to…

Hagia Sofia postcard

Constructed in the 6th century, the Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred cisterns built below Istanbul. A great Basilica once stood in its place, but once turned to a cistern, was capable of holding almost three million cubic feet of water.

Basilica Cistern postcard

The historic ruins of Turkey will forever be some of our favorite spots…

Ephesus postcard
Bergama postcard
Hierapolis postcard

As will the incredible natural wonder of Pamukkale.

Pamukkale postcard

And we can’t forget, of course, about the amazing region of Cappadocia.

Uchisar postcard
Fairy chimney postcard
Cappadocia postcard

So many other random, beautiful memories…

Bodrum postcard
Ayvalik postcard
Blue Eye Turkey
Countryside postcard

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Many thanks to Roomorama for an apartment during our final few days – in the heart of the action in Istanbul! For a full review about our stay, please click here.

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88 Comments

  1. Wow, I just can’t wait to go to Turkey! I will fly to Istanbul on June 28th, and after a few days there I will cross the country to the south. Unfortunately I won’t get to see much this time, but I will be back asap. πŸ™‚
    Amazing pics, I especially like the Hagia Sophia and the Allah eyes hanging from the tree. Great job!

    1. Giulia,

      It actually called “Nazar boncuğu” and not Allah eye as Allah means “God”. According to muslim believes (Islam) Allah does not have a physical body. Just so you know:)

  2. Fantastic pictures as always. Hard to pick a favorite. Look forward to when you return, there is still so much of the country to explore!

    1. I couldn’t pick a favorite either. You should have seen the process to pick the top 15… We started with 75.

    1. Excellent, we love to hear comments from our readers that our posts increase the itch to get to a country. Thanks so much Christine!

  3. I can’t think of a word to describe how beautiful is this! Can’t wait to plan a trip here. It’s been in my bucket list for quite long. =)

    1. I am glad that our love for Turkey was felt. We miss it so… All the more reason to return. Thanks Simon!

  4. Oh let us just gush over your photos once again! πŸ™‚ Great set of postcards. I’d buy them, anyway. So glad you enjoyed your time here and I suspect you can understand why we came here in 2003 to travel for six months and never went home. πŸ™‚
    Julia

    1. Julia, I completely understand. It was the first country we have been to where we said we could very easily call this home. Such an amazing place. Thank you.

    1. Thanks Megan. Dalene took this photo when we were in Cappadocia, needless to say we found the Envy Eye everywhere throughout Turkey and now have a few on our backpacks to ward off the envy eye.

  5. Stunning photos, really makes me want to visit Turkey again (I’ve been there a few times but that was ages ago). I think it might have to be the night photo from Istanbul but there is so many choose from. Well done!

    1. Thanks Jarmo. That photo took a lot of work. It was freezing cold, near snowing, and I was set up in the middle of the road with traffic buzzing by me. I am so happy I got this shot and how it turned out. Thanks so much!

  6. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful photos! My favourite is the one of all the evil eyes because my kids were fascinated by them when we were in Greece and Turkey – I couldn’t tell you how many times we had to stop in shops to examine the evil eyes for sale!

  7. I’ve loved reading your Turkey stories and seeing such pretty shots! I had my mouth in motion eating the whole time, and we had less-than-perfect weather, so my pictures aren’t as nice. Where’s the next stop, then? Still curling?

    1. Hey Cat, We are currently in Malta catching up from our quick 8 days trip to Jordan. We will be here until the end of June then off to Slovenia for July. There we will be meeting with the Slovenian curling association and talk them about how I can help with the development of the sport. Very excited at this opportunity.

  8. Wow Amazing photos. And I felt your emotion in every on of them. All of your posts are making me so excited for my trip to Turkey in a few short months.

    Thanks for all the great writing and photography!

    1. Thanks Annie. I am happy that the emotion came through in both our writing and photography. I hope you will love your time in the wonderful country.

  9. As a postcard collector – I must say – I WISH they had postcards as splendid as these ones!

      1. When you do – you let me know! I’ll be the first to place an order! It may be a large one too….but luckily I don’t need the stamps – only the beautiful photos!! Cheers!

  10. Gorgeous photos of Turkey. Love the light in these. I have to admit I haven’t bought a postcard in years but I would if they looked like this πŸ™‚

  11. Wow, as always, just WOW – lovely photos. I especially love the Hagia Sofia ones, I’m glad you got better weather!

  12. Your photography blows my mine. I need to go back to Turkey. Plenty of reasons though, we’ve only been in Istanbul and Izmir.

    1. hehe, i knew what you meant. Thanks so much Dina. Definitely a lot more to explore outside those two magnificent cities. Hope to maybe meet up again on our travels πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Andi, we had a tough time picking only 15… Like I mentioned above, we started at around 75 and had to obviously cut down…

  13. WOW! Stunning photos! The one of the tree with the eye charms is awesome! Great great shots! I can tell this will definitely not be the last we hear of you in Turkey ; )

    1. Thanks Caro. Again, Dalene’s eye and trigger finger on that one. Not even much post processing. You are right that this won’t be our last journey there.

    1. I know, us too. We heart that country so damn much. We’ll be back.

      We keep saying that we have to meet up with you guys, what’s your plan over the next while?

  14. This is really inspiring me to visit Turkey. Which is fortunate, since we’re headed there quite soon.

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. pictures………….

    1. I think you guys will really like it – glad you are going there. Although, it might be a little “tame” for you and Z after all you’ve seen and done.

  15. We’ve just left Turkey too after four glorious years to return home to England. These mouth-watering images have made me instantly nostalgic.

  16. Gorgeous photos of a wonderful country! Even though you had to leave, at least you made some great memories, met some amazing people, and now you have all these beautiful photos for reminiscing.

  17. I really want to go back to Turkey one of these days soon. We’ve only been to the Blue Mosque and both the spice and Grand bazaars on a long layover in Istanbul. Your food post especially makes me want to visit! πŸ˜‰

  18. These are all so amazing I have no idea how you narrowed them down but I think the hot air balloons are my favourite, the way you framed it feels like we’re peeking in on a scene.

  19. Beautiful. I especially like the black and whites. There’s been a lot written about Turkey on a number of the blogs I read recently, and the reviews couldn’t get much better. just another place to add to an already bursting bucket list πŸ™‚

  20. If all teh above comments could be put in one, I would not be able to express my admiration and LOVE for this gorgeous, amazing, enchanting country. I have been there five times and every time I LOVED it more and more! My heart, soul and thoughts are there. I am going to go back there every single year! Thank you for those girgeous pictures and the delight you are giving with them! I have collected thousands of pictures from all over Turkey…

    1. That was in Cappadocia! On the way to the open air museum in Goreme, there was a little stand set up on a little side road where a lady was selling them for people to tie onto the tree.

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