Writing For A Week in Istanbul / Trip on hold 201?

Update 8/12/2017

Note: Due to the tensions in Turkey, this trip is being postponed. Check back as the country stabilizes.   Thank you. May peace be restored soon.

Writing For A Week In Istanbul: Creativity and self-discovery through travel 

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Join me for a week of exploring the many faces of Istanbul by walking the great sites and neighborhoods, visiting unusual museums, taking a cooking class in which we prepare our own lunch, learning about textiles and carpets, visiting the Asian side to sample foods from different regions of Turkey, all while staying in the coziest of hotels overlooking the Blue Mosque and writing about all this and its impact!

Friday March ? to Saturday April ?, 201?

What the trip includes: accommodations in the spirited Blue House Hotel in front of the Blue Mosque with lavish breakfast included/ transport to and from Istanbul airport and the hotel / Welcome reception with wine and mezes at the Blue House / 7-day journal writing program woven into the varied schedule of each day / Guided tour of major monuments and residential areas / Lunch on the Asian side at Çiya Restaurant noted for serving the “lost” foods of Turkey /Lesson in carpets and textiles at Tolu Design / Cooking class and lunch at Alaturka Cooking / Istanbul Museum Pass for major sites / Entrance to Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence based on his novel! / Daily trips into the old and new cities for those wishing to join the group for the day / Marco Polo City Map / Journaling supplies / Welcome gathering with wine and mezze and Farewell dinner at an exceptional Turkish restaurant / See www.bluehouse.com.tr  (click on virtual tour on the left-hand sidebar to walk through the hotel!)

Cost: $2250 with $375 for single supplement

View of the new city

View of the new city

Maximum travelers: 12

Not included: Airfare, most lunches and dinners / trip insurance /Turkish visa ($25)

If interested in extending your stay, I have ideas and resources for you.

*If you have questions and suggestions, please be in touch.  781.640.9957 cell / Kendall 


The Writing: Each day will offer different opportunities for writing, either as a group following breakfast at the hotel or on the road, in cafes, ferries and museums.  We’ll have prompts (quotes, questions, readings, music, lists, etc.) each day with opportunities to share our writing on a voluntary basis.  I will offer techniques for keeping a daily journal and invite new ideas for doing so.  For those bringing writing projects with them, there will be time to work on them.  Time and occasion permitting, we will contribute to a shared journal at the end of each day, recording in a brainstorming way, responses to the day. All daily activities are optional so if you want to strike off with a buddy or spend time on your own, you are welcome to do so. After the trip, you will be invited to contribute writings to a shared journal.

Journaling at breakfast

Journaling at breakfast

Why Istanbul: From the first call to prayer, you are aware of being in a Muslim country with sophisticated roots running in all directions. The city is alive with residents and travelers from Europe, the Balkans, former Soviet states, and the Middle East. The architecture, food and culture reach deep into the present and past. To be here is a window into the modern Middle East and the bridge between East and West that Istanbul has traditionally offered.

Some of our itineraries:

  •  In the old city we will visit Sultanahmed (The Blue Mosque), Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome and Cisterns; Topkapi Palace; the Grand Bazaar and surrounding caravansaries; Suleymaniye Mosque complex, residential areas in the old and new cities, the Egyptian Spice Market, Rustem Pasha Mosque; the Chora Church (Byzantine), the fish market and the harbor
  •  In the new city we will visit Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence, the Contemporary Art Museum, Taksim Square and Istiklal Cadessi, the Pera Palas Hotel, and Pierre Lotii Café among many other sites
  • On the Asian side, we will visit Kadiköy, the market and Çiya Restaurant; and the Haydarpasa Railroad station that linked all of Turkey and went on to Baghdad.
  • If you have very specific interests, I will work with my trip consultants to design custom itineraries for you.
  • Please pass this information onto your friends and point them to www.writeyourvividjourney.com


The Fine Print: If You Want to Go

  •  If you wish to secure a space: Please send a refundable check for $500 made out to Kendall Dudley, ASAP: This is a small group, only 12, and many have expressed interest already.
  • Please send your check to: 50 Grafton Street / Arlington MA 02474
  • Final payment of balance will be due January 20, 201?; see refund cancellation schedule in next update (as you can imagine, hotel, guides and other contracted services each have their own cancellation policies that I will have to pay once their dates pass: NOTE Contractors are paid in Euros.  Trip price is calculated at today’s rate. Should the price of Euros go markedly up or down, a modest adjustment will be made to the price up or down.)
  • Please consider getting trip insurance. Travel Guard is one used by major tour companies, including the Smithsonian. www.travelguard.com
  • Airfares: Currently airfares on Turkish Airlines are around $683 from Boston to Istanbul (as of 8/12/17).  www.turkishairlines.com
Turkish tourist in the Blue Mosque

Turkish tourist in the Blue Mosque

Trip leader and Organizer: Kendall Dudley

Kendall is a career & life design consultant who also teaches life story writing, journal writing and leads groups to Morocco and Istanbul.  He was in the Peace Corps in Iran where he developed an interest in Islamic cultures and architecture. He is the recipient of many grants for public art projects, runs Arlington Writes, a website for people to contribute their life stories, and is publishing his novel Speedway in 2018. For more information check out www.kendalldudley.com







12 Responses to Writing For A Week in Istanbul / Trip on hold 201?

  1. Kathryn MacDonald says:

    Kendall, this sounds wonderful. I’ve been looking into apt. rentals for next winter-spring in Essaouira and there’s a watercolour sketching workshop I’d like to include. Who knows…perhaps we will actually meet. I’ll keep watching your link.
    The sketching classes are going well — both in Marrekech and now that I’ve returned home. Also a photo enlarged and framed as well as a small group of poems. Life is truly amazing. Good luck with your plans for this workshop experience.

    • kendalld says:

      Hello Kathryn–I’d love to know more about your time in Essouira and Morocco. Can I find your recent work online? Call me sometime if you like, 781.640.9957. Hope the spring is showing up for you! Kendall

  2. Jeanne Short says:

    My husband and I are very interested in this trip. When will you be accepting reservations? Are there any pre-trip requirements to complete?

    • kendalld says:

      Dear Jean Short–Thank you for writing to http://www.writeyourvividjourney.com and expressing interest in my upcoming journaling / life design trip to Morocco. We leave Oct 8 and return October 19, 2014. This time we’ll be spending more time in Marrakech at the beginning of the trip to get acclimated and to explore this city that is fascinating on many levels. Please email me directly or call if you like. With best wishes, Kendall
      kendall@kendalldudley.com 781.640.9957

    • kendalld says:

      Dear Jeanne Short–thank you for contacting Write Your Vivid Journey. I have updated our page for 2015 and would be glad to talk with you at any time about the upcoming trip. I will still be putting up information but at least you can get an idea of the October 16-24, 2015 trip. With best wishes, Kendall
      kendall@kendalldudley.com cell 781.640.9957

  3. Kathe says:

    Was just in Morocco in April on a Gate 1 tour. Fulfillment of a dream-at least in part. Want to spend more time there in a more leisurely way. Wanting to do some art journaling or sketching. Am 71 and in good shape. Want to hear more about this adventure. Kathe

    • kendalld says:

      Hello Kathe–Thank you for writing. I’m delighted you found your trip to Morocco so stimulating and wanting you to return. For now, I am not running my Morocco trips– instead I’m starting a new series I call Writing For A Week: Istanbul. You can find out more about it at my http://www.writeyourvividjourney.com website and I’d be glad to talk with you at 781.640.9957 or kendall@kendalldudley.com. I wrote an article about my 2012 Morocco trip in the journal Second Journeys and I could forward you a link to it if you like. Were you to be interested in the Istanbul trip, I think it would be fascinating for you with your interest in art journaling–it’s such a visually striking city—and the food’s pretty good too! Thank you for writing and let’s be in touch, Kendall

  4. James says:

    How does one book a trip for 2015? How do I send the deposit? TY

    • kendalld says:

      Hello–At the moment I’m collecting names and preferences for a fall trip to Istanbul. Let me know what appeals to you about such a trip and I will be back to you once I’ve heard from others. Thanks so much, Kendall

    • kendalld says:

      Thanks again for your note, James. If you’d like to know more about upcoming trips, please call me go to the post on the toolbar and click on Writing in Istanbul. My number is 781.640.9957. All the best, Kendal

  5. kendalld says:

    Hello Kathe–Thank you for your inquiry about travel to Morocco. My next trip is not to Morocco but to Istanbul. If you’d like to be updated on travel programs, please check back or call me at 781. 640.9957. Thanks, Kendall

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