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Turkey - Highly Recommended by Blissful Adventures

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If anywhere in the world deserves an 'A' for effort and an 'A+' for having what it takes, it is Turkey. So the next time you're brassed off with the weather and looking for somewhere offering a lot more than sun, sea and sand, head to this fascinating country and meet some of these lovely people at the grand bazaar in Istanbul...
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You can also rub shoulders with some great characters from the past. This is the multi-breasted Roman goddess Artemis, in Selcuk - looking as weirdly voluptuous as she did 2,000 years ago...
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Turkey must have more ancient Roman artifacts than Rome itself, including these wonderful mosaics in Ephesus...
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But Turkey doesn't dwell in the past. It is a thoroughly modern country with great hotels and resorts, excellent public transit, and attractive towns with an abundance of pedestrianized streets. As for the roads: there is a vast network of modern 4 lane highways rivalling the best in the world - and at least 75% of Turkish drivers stop at red traffic lights!
Unlike most of the countries we visit, Turkey is almost hassle free. We saw far fewer panhandlers in the whole of Turkey than in downtown Vancouver and as for the infamous carpet salesmen - you've got more chance of being hassled by the carpet salesman in Sears than in Istanbul - (and that is saying something).

Some people think that Turkish coffee is plain awful, but we didn't think it was as good as that. Realizing that 99.9735% of non-Turks think their coffee stinks, they now call Nescafe 'ground coffee' and sell instant cappuccinos to unsuspecting tourists for $5 a cup.
As for Turkish tea? If you really want to experience Turkish tea without forking out a couple of grand to go to Istanbul, then here's the recipe: Take a couple of cheap tea-bags and gently stew them in water for an hour or so, let sit overnight and re-heat in the microwave the next morning....mmmm - delicious? Tea is often offered free - one sip and you'll know why. However, the wide range of natural herbal teas have been both interesting and refreshing - especially the ubiquitous apple tea. Here's a selection of herbal teas at Istanbul's ancient spice market.
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The food on the other hand is quite superb and relatively inexpensive. And then there are the figs, dates, melons, and a whole host of wonderful fresh fruits...
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And if you like flowers...
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Turkey really does have something for everyone and we highly recommend it. "Gule-Gule" as they say here, "Goodbye." Turkey will always stay in our memories and we will certainly come back - in the meantime we left our shadows alongside those who have inhabited this intriguing land since time immemorial.

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Posted by Hawkson 22:06 Archived in Turkey

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Amazing the lack of aggressive panhandlers and trinket sellers. Wonder why. Vancouver, btw, is mild compared to Victoria re the former.
Handsome couple in the shadows.
Looking forward to your next adventure.

by R and B

Thanks for the memories...I almost feel I've been there....

by Sharrron

Voluptuous - there's a word I haven't used in ages. Love the last photo here. Don't know how you did it but it looks like you.

by The Vickerage

Thought I'd better catch up and check that you were not in E. Turkey following the earthquake and was relieved to see that you are now in Italy. Sounds as though you had a wonderful trip. I was there in 1972 and it was my visit visit outside Europe. I imagine it has changed a bit, but still a fascinating country - I didn't think the mint tea was so bad!

by Heather

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