Istanbul may not be the capital of Turkey, but it is the historic
centre that bridges the two continents of Europe and Asia, at Galata.
Although a member of NATO, most of Turkey
lies on the Asian continent, as Anatolia.
Only 3 per cent of Turkey, known as Thrace Turkey, is actually in
Europe. So most visitors to Turkey will cross the Bosphorus and enter Asia Minor.
Istanbul Mosque - � Michel, Travel Notes
Many tourists on budget airline flights to Turkey
head off to the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts, with hardly a thought about Istanbul.
Sancta Sophia, Istanbul - � Travel Notes
Granted, there is a lot of history and pleasure around
the coastal resorts, but there is also a lot more to Turkey than cruising around Antalya,
Alanya, Bodrum, Izmir and Marmaris.
Mount Ararat (Agri Dagi), is mentioned in the Bible as
the place where Noah's ark came to rest. It is Turkey's highest peak, at 5,122 m., and is
situated in the Eastern Highlands; near the border with Armenia
The Hittite Empire (1900-1200 BC), covered most of Asia
Minor and rivaled Egypt as a Middle Eastern power, until it was destroyed by invaders
known as the Sea Peoples, towards the end of the 12th century BC, along with the western
Anatolian city of Troy.
Generally, the further east you go, the more you find the
real Turkey; with Kurds replacing the tourists.
A Dying Baby, Northern Iraq - � Michel, Travel Notes
Contrary to the stance by the Turkish Government, whole
villages of Kurds in northern Iraq are not
terrorists, but simple people trying to get on with their lives who also wish for an
independent homeland, as promised by the Treaty of S�vres (1920); although this was
dropped from the later Treaty of Lausanne (1923).
I travelled everywhere by bus in Turkey, apart from
the return to Istanbul.
I caught the train from Izmir, and then took a ferry
along the Bosphorus; highly recommended.
Long-distance buses stop for meal breaks, and you are
offered a lemon-like cologne to freshen up your face - it works.
Often the air-condition didn't work; and while I was
sweating, the Turks around me sat in pullovers and jackets and pulled on cigarette after a
cigarette. A clich�, but I swear it's true.
Don't be put off by reports of terrorism in the east, the
Kurds are a very friendly people, and you can learn a lot from them.
Turkey also has a Black Sea coast for those who like to
bathe, away from the tourist crowds.
I hardly saw a foreigner in Trabzon.
Turkey Travel Notes:
Additional Turkish links to get you on your way.
Convert your currency into Turkish Lira.
A free introduction to the Turkish Language, very professionally put together, and great
for the casual visitor too! Fun things to download include ,���`���,��,���
TrueType Turkish Fonts and audio pronunciation to those tongue twisters.
Mustafa Kemal Atat�rk:
Without him, there might never have been a Republic of Turkey. Funny how many Turks still
sport his bushy upper lip.
A delightful guide to Turkey's past. History blends effortlessly with useful tips and
places of interest.
Regional Directory - Search