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About Melissa

Melissa is a wife, mama and fan of all things Turkey. Among other adventures, Melissa loves living life in Turkey while raising her daughters. On IstanbulMoms you can hear about her adventures and escapades, tips for success, strategies for untangling the culture, and ideas for enjoying life in Istanbul to the fullest.

You very brave Mamas, yes you

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We left Istanbul at the end of June for what was to be a short time in America before returning to Turkey and then moving to Izmir. Well, with the attempted military coup, and the subsequent firing/laying off/forcing to resign of academics, we thought it best for our family in this season to wait to […]

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2015 Reading List

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A few weeks ago I stumbled across a really fun idea for selecting books to read in 2015. Check it out! I had already selected several books I’d like to read this year, but this list is particularly fun because it pushes me just a little bit out of my reading comfort zone and challenges me to […]

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5 Fun Things to Do in Istanbul with Kids

Guest post by fellow Istanbul Mom, Emily Thompson. The spectacular city of Istanbul has always been one of the top tourist destinations in Turkey, as not only is Istanbul a great holiday destination for adults, it also has a great deal to offer to families with young children. If you are currently planning your vacation, visit […]

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Tomato Basil Cream Soup

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Hurry and run out and buy fresh tomatoes and basil before the season is over. And since the weather is cooling down, do yourself a favor and make this soup. It’s yummy! My friend Nicole’s Tomato Basil Cream Soup! 4 tomatoes – seeded & diced 4 c. of tomato juice 14 leaves fresh basil or […]

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Summer Fun and Cooking

Looking for some fun activities to keep you busy this summer, or at least to make some fun memories? I highly, highly recommend attending a cooking class at Istanbul Cooking School. I had a blast there in April, and am hoping to go again some time soon. And, the best part? If you go and […]

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