TRAVELS WITH NINA

is the online portfolio and journal of Australian travel writer Nina Karnikowski.

SIRINCE, LAND OF PLENTY

SIRINCE, LAND OF PLENTY

First, a quick Turkish language lesson. “Merhaba” means hello. “Nasilsin” means how are you. “Sirince” means pleasant. And it is. So much so, in fact, that the original Greek settlers initially called this bucolic corner of western Turkey “Çirkince,” meaning ugly, just to keep visitors away lest they discover how beautiful it really was and try to steal […]

TURKISH SECRETS

TURKISH SECRETS

Lean in. I want to tell you something. I’ll whisper it in your ear so no one else can hear. The Datça Peninsula is Turkey’s best-kept secret. But shhh, don’t tell a soul, because we need to keep it that way. *** Pete, my parents-in-law and I rolled into this dreamy slice of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast on a sunshiny […]

ISTANBUL’S B-SIDE

ISTANBUL’S B-SIDE

This wasn’t my first visit to Istanbul, Turkey’s colourful, chaotic capital that so deliciously mixes East and West, Europe and Asia. I had travelled its tea-soaked soils nine years earlier, and had spent a glorious three days spinning through sultanahmet’s (the old town’s) usual suspects – the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Basilica Cistern, Topkapi […]

CAPPADOCIA: AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

CAPPADOCIA: AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

The fairy chimneys of Cappadocia rose out of the desert landscape like hard, dry sandcastles on a barren beach; a stone mirage appearing as we drove into the heart of Anatolia. We gasped at the sheer number of them, at the feeling of being simultaneously swallowed up by the desert and surrounded by thousands of […]