The reason I call it a melting point is because Turkey occupies a unique geographical and cultural position at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. We visited this magnificent country in Jan 2013 and have captured the essence of this country by observing its culture, landscape, people and customs. This blog describes Turkey through our lenses.
Geographically, Turkey is at the northeast end of the Mediterranean Sea in southeast Europe and southwest Asia. To the north is the Black Sea and to the west is the Aegean Sea. Its neighbors are Greece and Bulgaria to the west, Russia, Ukraine, and Romania to the north and northwest (through the Black Sea), Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran to the east, and Syria and Iraq to the south. The Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara, and the Bosporus divide the country. This is the only country in the world where you can see 2 continents with your naked eyes: Europe and Asia.
We started our journey of this country from Istanbul. Istanbul is located in northwestern Turkey within the Marmara Region. The Bosphorus, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea, divides the city into a European, comprising the historic and economic centers—and an Asian side. The city is further divided by the Golden Horn, a natural harbor bounding the peninsula where the former Byzantium and Constantinople were founded. The confluence of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, and the Golden Horn remains a prominent feature of the city’s landscape.
In Istanbul we visited the Spice Bazaar which is a L Shaped Building consisting of 88 vaulted rooms with small little shops busy with spice trade and selling a lot of Turkish Delights,
the Grand Bazaar which is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world with close to 4000 shops, Hagia Sophia which was once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum depicting the history of Republic of Turkey, The Topkapi Palace which is a large palace in Istanbul and was the primary residence of Ottoman Sultans for 400 years, The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, which is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.
No Visit to Istanbul is complete without experiencing a traditional Turkish night that includes excellent Turkish delicacies, fruits and a foot tapping music and dance to flow with it.
One of the signature sightseeing of Istanbul is a Cruise on the Bosporus channel popularly known as the Bosporus Cruise. On this cruise you can see two continents with your naked eyes and is one of the unique spots in the world!! On the Bosporus shores you will many palaces and museums and small little coffee sit outs that witness a magnificent view of the shore.
Our Journey moved from the historical and culture rich Istanbul to Kusadasi, a resort town on Turkey’s Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district of the same name in Aydın Province.A little away from Kusadasi at an hour’s distance we visited the ancient city of Ephesus which is in the western part of Asia Minor, also called Anatolia, which today forms part of the Republic of Turkey. The great Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. The ruins of Ephesus are magnificent. Though hundreds of years have passed and in spite of the ravages of time, they have survived to the present day.
One the next day our journey headed towards Pamukkale (cotton castle) which is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. By far Pamukkale was the highlight of our travel and the pictures below will tell you why?
Turkey, an excellent mix of Islamic, Catholic, Arabic and European culture is a country that one should not miss. While the regular café mocha’s at Starbucks did excite us, the Turkish Tea held us together in the cold weather ever so strongly. A country rich with palaces, mosques, culture, geographical vantage points, ancient cities had interesting anecdotes and stories to tell at every turn.
Based on all our experiences we have a range of customized itineraries available for Turkey that you can choose from. We will not just provide you a holiday but also an experience that you will cherish for a lifetime.