Step inside Ryan's trip to the Turkish cities of Urfa and Mardin
It's unlikely that you're familiar with the southeastern Turkish cities of Urfa and Mardin. I'm ashamed to admit that we hadn't heard of them ourselves until a few weeks before Ryan visited the region. But like most of our readers, we had seen these cities dozens of time before on the news without really realizing it, for this part of Turkey is within a stone's throw of the Syrian and Iraqi borders.
The tragic circumstances of its war torn neighbours have thrust Urfa and Mardin into the spotlight and it was with some trepidation that Ryan went to see the area for himself. What he discovered was a region that prides itself on old fashioned hospitality and tolerance, and extends a hand of welcome and generosity to all its guests.
And to say the hospitality is old fashioned isn't just a cliche. This is one of the oldest inhabited regions on earth, the birthplace of agriculture. Once the home to Abraham and virtually every religious and ethnic group in history, it's now home to thousands and thousands of refugees seeking safety and sanctuary.
So what was it like to step into a real life news story? Here's an insider's look at Ryan's visit.
Here's why you should make memories, not manufactured moments.
Have you heard about this new editing mode from Adobe that helps you digitally erase other tourists from your vacation photos? "Monument Mode" can distinguish moving items, like cars and people, from static ones like monuments and lets you adjust your image accordingly.
My first thought was “Great!” After all, who wants to remember crowds of selfie-stick wielding travelers when you can grab that classic shot? But the more I thought about it, the less I liked the idea. You don't need editing programs to get great photos. And, in fact, you might be much happier with some not-so-great photos. Here’s why:
Culture and community come together in one of Canada's most colourful festivals.
Where would you go if you wanted a spicy travel destination? I'm guessing London, Ontario isn't on your list, and it wasn't on mine either at first. But London has a large Mexican and Latin American community, whose culture, traditions, talents, and delicious flavors come together each year for Fiesta London, an amazing event. So if you're looking to spice up your travels, look no further! I think you'd love the experience as much as I did. Here's what made my Fiesta experience so memorable.
Let me show you around my backyard....
Where can you go for incredible sunsets, beautiful ocean views, endless white sand, charming cottages, and fields filled with flowers? If you're guessing Hawaii or Ireland or New Zealand - you're wrong. Well, I suppose technically you're right! But I had a much more accessible and affordable destination in mind - Nova Scotia! This is more than just a favourite travel destination of mine - it's home.
I grew up in Nova Scotia, along the shores of Cape Breton Island. While I no longer live there, it still has a warm spot in my heart and I never hesitate to passionately recommend my favourite spots to visitors. Whether you're visiting the province for the first time or the 10th, here are three incredible scenic spots you shouldn't miss.
Find out why Meteora must be seen to be believed
A post by Ryan
Just as “shooting stars” got their name, Meteora, roughly translated from Greek, means “suspended in the air” or “heavens above”. It is certainly not difficult to see why.
Towering over the quaint town of Kalambaka, Greece, massive, pinnacles of sandstone - carved by wind, rain, and seasonal weathering - have stood as majestic and magical sentinels for almost 60 million years.
This is Meteora, and there is no other place like it on Earth.
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