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The Nakasendo Trail: Walking Through History

Sitting cross-legged on the floor of a ryokan, my friend Celia and I stared down at the dish before us. We’d partaken in kaiseki, a traditional Japanese meal, many times previously, but had never...
A beach in Bali at sunset, as captured by Denise Bartels.

Instagram Spotlight: Denise Bartels (@whereistheflow)

We feature some of the brightest Instagram storytellers in the Passion Passport community through our Instagram Spotlight series. This week, German photographer Denise Bartels (@whereistheflow) tells us about the people she’s met and the...

A Sacred Pledge in Bromo

On the 14th day of the month of Kasada, during the full moon, all of the Hindu people who live at the foot of Mount Bromo in East Java, Indonesia, gather to celebrate the...
Pide and pastries on display for sale in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar.

A Guide to Finding the Best Flatbread in Istanbul

Anthony Bourdain was an inspiration to me, as I am sure he was to many other travelers. One seemingly miniscule (but profound enough that I’m writing an article about it) detail of his trip...
A bird flies over a mosque at dusk in Istanbul.

From a Coup to a Collapse: Two Years On

On July 15, 2016, a faction within the Turkish military attempted a coup d’etat against state institutions, which involved violence across the country and an attempt on the President’s life. They justified their actions...

What You Should Know Before Visiting Istanbul

From the city’s ancient archaeological origins to the legacy of the Ottoman empire, Istanbul is a place of culture, diversity, and rich history. A visit to the Turkish city will yield incredible views, stunning...

A Guide to Istanbul’s Neighborhoods

Straddling the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul is a city so sprawling that it literally spans continents. With so much to see, you might feel a bit overwhelmed when deciding what to add to your itinerary....

Hakan Keles: Embracing Imagination on the Streets of Turkey

For Hakan Keles, imagination and reality have always overlapped. Growing up in the suburbs of Istanbul, Hakan and his friends would take to the streets, where they would spend their free moments dreaming up new...

“Fiery Football:” The Wild World of Soccer in Istanbul

In Turkey, as in many countries around the world, football is more than just a sport. It’s a staple, a universal thread woven into the fabric of the place and connected to everything else...