Yvonne AK Johnson

Turkey is a very interesting and cultural diverse place. Being a very popular vacation spot for many Europeans, Turkey is actually not very popular to visit when it comes to Americans.

The truth is – it is very safe and the people are extremely genuine. Turkey is technically out of the “eurozone” but has coasts on the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black Seas. The country offers so much to it’s people and it’s visitors. The country is so vast and beautiful, even if you spent many lifetimes exploring you probably wouldn’t see all of it.

Istanbul, in itself, is the pinnacle of Turkish culture, art, beauty, and history. Similar to New York not really being America, Istanbul isn’t really Turkey, however a state in it’s own right. It has a a mixture of victorian beauty, modern innovation, cleanliness, inspiring hills and blue waters to inspire any traveler. Istanbul has 3,00 years of history. It’s build on the same latitude as rome and is also built on seven hills.

From the Romans, to the Byzantines, to the Ottomans. The Ottoman’s empire strutted from Vienna all the way to Mauritania in Africa. It’s a traditional legend that the great Hagia Sofia Mosque has a dome that was suspended from heaven by a golden chain. The city of Istanbul is adorned with beautiful buildings, churches, mosques, synagogues, and other historical architecture.

A typical day in Istanbul: Wake up early, have a light Turkish breakfast, head out to Rumelihisari on the Bosphorus (ruins of an old fortress turned into a tea garden) and have proper breakfast and tea. Then, walk down the Bosphorus and visit the town of Bebek and Ortakoy. From there, take a ferry across the Bosphorus to the Asia side for another round of gorgeous Turkish tea. Arrive at the Princes’ Island’s for a delicious seafood lunch and get around the island with the many horse carriages that live on the island.

There are many beautiful places to see in Turkey. If you travel south of Istanbul, you’ll see the beautiful city of Izmir which is known for it’s grapes and olives. From there, Foca is a beautiful little fisherman’s town and is a must to visit. There are several Mediterranean islands on the coast of Turkey such as Bozcaada and Gokceada. Datca peninsula is one of the most beautiful places to visit as it is quite, full of lush farmland, and turquoise waters.

The great thing about Turkey, is that Turkish people are very proud of their culture and their country. The food is of the most delectable cuisines in the world and their language, a very beautiful and interesting sound to hear. All the Turks welcome their visitors wit open arms and kindness, as they love having visitors experience the splendor of their country.