Turkey tulip festival

Turkey’s Tulips

So, one of the most frequent questions I get asked as a tour guide is “what’s going on with Turkey’s tulips? Tulips are everywhere!”.  It’s true, tulips have a very special place in Turkey, and given that the official tulip season is just around the...
Early coin featuring a bee from Ephesus

Ephesus – the city of bees

The name “Ephesus” is the Roman version of its former Hittite name of “Apasas”.  It is believed that the city was named after the Amazon queen Apasas, derived from the word ‘Apis’ which meant “bee”.  While the exact origin of the...