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Turkey Travel

Turkey, long considered to be part of Asia, is all set to become a fully European country when it joins the European Union in the near future. Sandwiched between the Black Sea, the Aegean and the Mediterranean, it occupies 814,000 sq km and is divided into seven Regions, Eastern Anatolia, Central Anatolia, Black Sea, Mediterranean, Aegean, Marmara, and Southeastern Anatolia. Greece and Syria are neighbours.

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by Ömer Ünlü

Turkey has held centre stage through the ages as the seat of the Ottoman Empire, which was overthrown by Mustafa Ali Atatürk in 1923. Ever since, it has been called the Republic of Turkey, though it went through a period of military rule for some years. The country had one of the most rapidly burgeoning economies in the world between 2002-07. However, the economy could not withstand the global financial crisis of 2009 and went into recession, the throes of which it is recovering from now.

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by Al and Marie

The climate is temperate, with hot, dry summers and mild but rainy winters. The ethnicity of its population of around 69 million bears a ratio of 4:1 between Turkish and Kurdish. Almost everyone is of Muslim faith, with the odd Christian or Jew thrown in. The official language is Turkish, with about 6% of the population speaking Kurdish. The Turks may seem friendly people, but they are quite fussy when it comes to interpersonal, dining and business etiquette. It would be appropriate to study their customs in advance of a meeting.


by szeke

Turkey is at UTC+2 and observes daylight saving time. You can enter the country by getting to Turkey by Air, Sea, Train, Car or by Bus. There are seven international airports including one at its capital city of Ankara, and over a dozen ports which accept cars ferried in. Most major European cities are connected by train and by road. Australian passport holders require a visa for Turkey, but they can obtain a three month-multiple entry visas at the border. New Zealander passport holders do not require a visa.

Turkey is a tourist’s delight, with innumerable historical sites to visit, each with its own history going back centuries. Prominent among them are Istanbul, best remembered as Constantinople; Marmaris, Aphrodisias, Xanthos, Troy, Olympus, Ankara, Gallipoli and Mount Ararat. Unless you have a fixed itinerary in mind, it would be best to take a seven-day conducted tour of the country, or even ask for a customised tour based on what you would like to do. Perhaps follow the footsteps of St. Paul?

Accommodation is available for all budgets, but it is always prudent to book in advance. The best time to visit is between April and June, or between September and November. Travel in the country is both convenient and safe. High-speed trains have been in use for some time now, in case you need to cross the country in a hurry.

Turkish cuisine does not really have its own antecedents, as it is a blend of what the Ottoman Empire left behind with what has since come in with each passing generation. A traditional meal tends to be lengthy, with pauses between courses for smoking! The main course is invariably meat or fish, with a salad, yoghurt and a helva (dessert). The national drink, Raki, which, like the Greek Ouzo, is aniseed-based, generally accompanies red meat dishes like kebabs. Coffee rounds up the meal. Turkish currency is the New Lira.

Date posted: 27th July, 2018

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