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The Famous Blue Mosque

With the recent political stances Turkey has taken that has led to sharp words between Israel and Turkey, one may think that a visit to the country is not as desirable.

Nothing could be further from the truth. This is still an open and welcoming country that is not rigid in its thinking even though the current government has a decided Muslum bent to it.

There is just so much to see that to not visit if you have the opportunity is to lose out on a sense of history that is so important.

And you would also lose out on experiencing a culture, with its foods and richness of people, that always seem to move travellers so much that they are determined to return.

Kusadasi is one of the best preserved sites in the world

Istanbul, as it sits on the border dividing East from West, is also one of the most fascinating cities you will ever visit.

From the spice market to the Grand Market, to a boat ride on the Bosphorus, every moment seems to take you to ever more intersting sites…and smells…the good ones that make you want to stop and an outdoor cafe like the one below every few hours.


This is a country of contrasts, and as you move inland, the mushroom shaped formations in Capadoccia hold your fascination for hours.
It is in this region where you will find the caves, dug into limestone going many ‘stories’ underground where Christians hid from their oppressors.
And you can walk deep into these homes of the past and wonder at how they survived.

Around Alanya you get to see the colorful boats that are still being used by the fishers of today to feed, not only the population, but for export to the rest of the world.


I am sure there are people who may have experienced problems in Turkey, but I have not heard of anyone who has been harmed by criminals during a visit.
I have no doubt that there have been, but it is a country that seems not to be as dangerous as many others.
I have already been back twice and am ready to go again.
If you are thinking of planning a similar journey, I would be pleased to help you with information and insights from my experience.
Contact me either through www.journeystravelgear.com or by email at askjourneys@journeystravelgear.com.
The toll free line for the travel agency through whick I can be reached is 1 800 859-6354.