Author: Kendra

Topkapi Palace in Istanbul

Visiting Topkapi Palace needs to be planned as if you were going to war – that is, if you’re intent on conquering either the Harem or the Treasury sans competition from a million other tourists. Since my idea of conquering is via camera and getting photos without random people in them, it was easy for us to choose the Harem over the Treasury since the latter forbids photography. Two things were necessary to enable my success – picking a day where there were as few cruise ships in port as possible as well as getting a Museum Pass. A...

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Istanbul’s Pera Palace Hotel

A visit to the Pera Palace Hotel is a great way to get out of the touristy area of Sultanahmet. The neighbourhood in which it lies near Istiklal Caddesi, is a different world from Sultanahmet – much of the European-style architecture dates from the 19th century. There is an air of faded grand elegance and you can almost see the rich ghosts parading up and down the street. The whole area seems to be in the grips of gentrification and I can only hope that it will be a sympathetic gentrification. Thankfully, Pera Palace Hotel’s $30 million renovation between...

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Cappadocia: Life is Up!

Hanging silently but for the sporadic rush of flame heating up the air in the balloon, I didn’t have any epiphanies as I surveyed the awesome Cappadocia landscape from the expansive Turkish sky. Yes, I guess being so high up is a reminder that we’re all small in the grand scheme of things. But I don’t need a hot air balloon to make me remember that. Instead, floating across the sky showed me just how much of this incredible area I wouldn’t be able to see on this particular trip! Philosophical, I am not. I’d booked the balloon flight...

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Camino Goal: Santiago’s Cathedral

The whole Santiago Day was a bit funny for me – I’d just spent five weeks walking over 800km to this place, the last day speed walking about 20km to ensure I got to the Cathedral before noon. I had even walked the first half hour in the rain, in the dark, and through a forest! And once I did reach the city outskirts, it was still quite a ways to reach the “old” city. Every time I thought I found the Cathedral, I hadn’t. I kept passing old buildings and churches, but none of them were The Destination....

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What to See at Aphrodisias, the City of Love

  The City of Love, otherwise known as Aphrodisias, was a small Greek city about 100km from the west coast. It was named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of luuuurve. Aphrodisias is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek and Roman periods in Turkey yet in comparison to sites such as Ephesus, not many people visit. Which is sad, yet it was great for me as my little group and I (three of us) practically had the site to ourselves. Famous for its Temple of Aphrodite, the city’s patron goddess, Aphrodisias thrived from the 1st century...

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Who Am I?

My name is Kendra and I am a cubicle escape artist: I try to find ways to keep my job which is in a cubicle while also trying to escape it as often as possible.

When I travel, I’m generally that solo female you see wandering with a camera firmly clutched to her face as she traipses around while narrowly avoiding being hit by some form of local transportation.

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