A Tale in Red – A trip to the culture, nature, and soul of Türkiye

Ferhat and Şirin

While I was on the road in Turkey, passing by towns, villages, and exquisite landscapes, I realised how attached to their traditions and legends the country is. At each stop and corner of the road, we could find many exciting codes, rituals, and places where belief comes before science and logic. It is in our…

Hürrem Sultana: The Captivating Tale of Love and Power in the Ottoman Empire

Hürrem Sultana, also known as Roxelana, was one of the most powerful and influential women of the Ottoman Empire. She rose from humble beginnings to become the beloved wife of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and her story is both captivating and romantic. Born as an enslaved person in Ukraine, Hürrem was brought to Istanbul at…

Meeting a Doctor, eating delicious food, climbing a mountain and dreaming with gods.

Picture yourself in the scorching heat of a Turkish summer morning, with the sun beating down on you and the dry, dusty air in your lungs. You’re on a journey to Adiyaman with your travel companion, Fırat, and the adventure has just begun. As you traverse the roads, you notice that they’re being rebuilt, with…

The powerful Evil Eye: Defeating the Curse of Negative Energy 

The Evil Eye, or “Mal de Ojo” in Spanish, is a curse with a history of thousands of years found in cultures worldwide. It speaks of a person’s ability to cast an energy of death and destruction onto another with a single look or gaze. This dark power can cause physical suffering or injury, misfortune…


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About the blog

I’m Heleny, an adventurous author who embarked on a year-long journey through the diverse landscapes of Turkey in 2011. My mission was to experience Turkey beyond the guidebooks and uncover the hidden gems most tourists miss. I travelled to 101 towns and cities across 80 provinces of Turkey.

My journey took me from the bustling cities of Istanbul and Ankara to the serene countryside of Cappadocia and the stunning beaches of the Mediterranean coast. Along the way, I met countless locals who welcomed me into their homes, shared their stories, and introduced me to their region’s unique tastes and flavours. I indulged in Turkish cuisine’s rich spices and herbs, savouring every bite of kebab, baklava, and Turkish delight.

But my journey wasn’t just about food and culture. I pushed myself to the limits, hiking through rugged mountain trails, navigating treacherous rivers, and even paragliding over the stunning landscape of Pamukkale. I learned new skills, such as Turkish folk dancing, weaving carpets, and making pottery.

I chronicled my experiences in captivating books – Um Conto em Vermelho or A Tale in Red – as I travelled, sharing my insights into Turkey’s diverse culture, history, and cuisine. My vivid descriptions of the landscape and people bring the country to life, inspiring readers to explore Turkey.Through my travels, I discovered Turkey’s beauty and diversity and made lifelong friends. My journey is a testament to the power of travel and the connections that can be made through exploring the world.

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