Where Saint Nicholas Left His Boots: Visiting Santa Claus in Bari, Italy

On December 6th across the world, many celebrate the man that children believe to be behind all that Christmas cheer later in the month, Saint Nicholas. Some put their shoes out in hopes of receiving a sweet treat from Saint Nicholas on his other big day of the year. The traditions for celebrating the saint vary country by country, but perhaps no other spot on Earth gets into the spirit of the saint’s feast day more than Bari.

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Turkish Delights: Five Tasty Treats to Try in Turkey

Turkey is a fascinating country that is saturated with history and culture. There is just so much to see and take in that one can’t help but get hungry along the way. Luckily, Turkish cuisine has much to offer. Here are five of my favorite items:

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Why the Whirling Dervishes Whirl

One of the top attractions in Turkey, behind visiting the Aya Sofia and perhaps Cappadocia, is viewing a good show of the whirling dervishes.

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See the Whirling Dervishes in Turkey

The whirling dervish ceremony is a top attraction in Turkey, known for its strong spiritual and historical connection. The ceremonies typically allow visitors to get a glimpse of the spinning, a process that allows the dervishes to get closer to God through a meditative state.

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Visiting Troy? Get a Guide

Having studied Latin in high school, and after thoroughly studying The Aeneid in college, Troy and it's mythical – or just not documented authentically – war have had a place in the heart of my inner historical nerd. So, I couldn't have imagined getting to Canakkale, Turkey – the place near Gallipoli – and NOT visiting the ancient site of Troy also nearby.

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