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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