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Fener & Balat Travel Guide for Families

Fener & Balat are two historical villages located at the shore of Golden Horn in Istanbul. They are both reflecting the harmony of three different religions cultures that lived peacefully in Ottoman years. You can see a church in the beginning of a street and a mosque at the end while the synagogue stands at the rear street.
So mainly the neighbourhood was formed of these different religion believers. Their life style, ethical beliefs and of course economical situation shaped the architecture of buildings, praying houses, streets, shopping and their destiny. If you are walking through the streets of Fener & Balat you will find out that each building actually has its own story.
Nowadays the area became popular with new and younger businesses openings. Thus brought picturesque of Fener & Balat mixed with historical buildings forming colorful streets.


I prepared a route for family travelers to find out the popping picturesque historical areas. You can walk this tour with chi…
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Otağtepe Park in Istanbul



Istanbul is one of the best cities in the world for its enourmously wonderful panoromic views of Bosphorus. Otağtepe is one of those spots on earth you will never ever want to stop clicking your camera.
The park is located in Beykoz village at Asian side of İstanbul. You will notice at your right side  where the huge gorgeous flag of Turkey waving as you are crossing The Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge from Europe to Asia.
In history of Ottoman, the camp of army forces had been called as "OTAĞ" and hill means "Tepe" in Turkish. As you combine these two turkish words becomes "Otağtepe". Now, why this spot is called as Otağtepe? To find out read the historical brief please.  A Historical brief of  Otağtepe İstanbul had been sieged by Sultan Beyazıd of Ottoman in 1391. This had been realy important for them as it was the first. The Emperor wanted to view the whole Bosphorus, and this hill was the best spot for seeing the area and plus just across the Rumeli …

A FAMILY TRAVEL GUIDE TO CUNDA

Cunda is the 4th largest island of Turkey in Aegean Sea. Nowadays the island became very popular. People love to come here and live the island life as it is very close to Ayvalık which is another shore line village of North western Turkey by the Aegean Region.
The island is a town of cobbled stoned paths, colorful stone houses, wonderful sunset, deep blue sea, peaceful wind under the shadow of old olive trees and fine fresh food you can always find. Cunda had been home to Greeks before 1922 and the population had been replaced with Turks from Lesbos island by the rules of Treaty of Lausanne which had been signed  in 1923. Island can be explored in a day by walking around the cobbled stone pathways and of course lovely shore line. However I suggest you to stay at least an overnight to live old island life in slow motion. There are lots of boutique hotels around Cunda you can find. Most of these hotels are popular as they serve organic food breakfast in Turkish style that you will ado…

Land of Legends Theme Park- Paradise for Family Vacation

Heyyy Welcome to the Land of Children ;)

This is a one way ticket to live the childhood again for adults too.

Land of Legends is a water amusement park located in Antalya at southeastern of Turkey. This place is famous here as it is offering great time of aqua adventure with adrenalin for all ages.

I and my two kids been there at summer 2017. I had lots of  doubts about how the vacation is going to be with a 7 year old girl and a 10 year old boy in a really large scaled theme park. The place was thrilling me a lot. However we had wonderful family friends with us from the moment as we entered the candy crush lobby I became a marsh mellow mom all of a sudden.

So let me give you a quick brief of mom sightsee of this family friendly luxury hotel.



General Information for Concept Vacation

Land of Legends is located at Belek village in city of Antalya within 27 km away from Antalya airport.

We stayed at Kingdom Hotel for 3 nights with package including free breakfast and dinner with free d…

The Istanbul Toy Museum

İstanbul Toy museum was founded by Turkish famous poet Sunay Akın in April 23rd, 2005. This museum houses favourite examples of the toy history from 1700's till now.  The exhibition is held at a historic mansion located in Göztepe  which is a very well known town of Istanbul.

Sunay Akın, the former of the museum, had visited the auctions and antique shops from many other countries and purchased these old toys. The old mansions each room has been decorated for a thema and they exhibit the toys according to the time. The first step of human on the earth was an era for the World. So here you can find the toys produced at that time and how children played. This decorative narration is very useful as our children can define how the mood of children in those days.
The decorator artist of the museum is very well known design artist named Ayhan Doğan, so here I would like to thank him for his great understanding the history of toys even before he was born ;)
The museum stands as an only…