Turkey, Asia – Episode 82

categories: asia travel

Museum Gaziantep Turkey

The Amateur Traveler goes to Turkey: Gaziantep, Urfa, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Hieropolis. This is the first of two episodes on Turkey and deals with the visit to Eastern Turkey and the Aegean coast. This episode deals with learning Turkish, Turkish food, Roman mosaics, Greek ruins, markets, hospitality, and driving.


On my trip to Turkey in 2007 to visit our former Turkish exchange student, we went to Pamukkale and Hieropolis which is a few hours drive from Ephesus. Pamukkale is a series of thermal pools and calcium deposits running down from the top of the hill. So you take off your shoes and go wade in these pools taking your picture against these snow-white deposits.

A Korean gentleman motioned to me and I thought that he wanted me to take his picture. I reached for his camera but he then made it clear that he wanted his picture taken with me. Do you suppose he is a fan of the Amateur Traveler

Traveling Soon? These useful links will help you prepare for your trip.

click here to download (mp3)
click here to download (iTunes enhanced)


Chris gets his voice back
Contest Winner – Roger from IBM
MostTraveledPeople.com – How many countries have you been to?
France keeps crown as top tourist destination

Show Notes

Photo Gallery of Turkey (Asia)

Map of Eastern Turkey
Turkey Travel Planner

Low cost airlines for flying inside Turkey:
Onur Air
Atlas Jet
Sun Express

Turkish with Sinan – Turkish lessons
Map of Kurdish lands
Turkish War of Independence
Turkish driving Habits
Riot in Ephesus
What’s the difference between Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns
Click Here For Turkey Discount Hotel Reservations

Internet Resources

Preschooler Naming World Capitals
The Life of Apostle Paul with Rick Steves


Bruce Smith’s Voyage

Discussion Boards

Share this:
Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

2 Responses to “Turkey, Asia – Episode 82”

Craig (mars-hill)


Hi Chris – Love the mosttraveledpeople site…It seems I have long way to go. I swear the US should only count once! πŸ˜‰

Daniel M. Perez


Chris, great episode, but when listening on my Shuffle to the enhanced version downloaded from iTunes, 3/4 of the way in, it simply died. I tried it on iTunes and it happened as well. Did anyone mention something like this happening?

Looking forward to the next one (downloading now).

Leave a Reply

Tags: , ,