Talking Turkey // The Country, Not the Thanksgiving Dinner

The Republic of Turkey is a transcontinental country (aka, Eurasian) in Western Asia. Eight countries border Turkey from all sides along with many seas like Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea, Black Sea, Sea of Marmara and Bosphorus etc.

Alanya Seacliffs - by Özgür Mülazımoğlu
Alanya Seacliffs – by Özgür Mülazımoğlu

Turkey is a Muslim majority country but has democratic, secular constitution.  The official language of Turkey is Turkish, although Kurdish and Zazaki languages are also spoken among their respected populations, which constitute 18% of the entire population.

When taking cheap holidays in Turkey, you will find a country with a vast reserve of ancient cultural heritage. In reality, that heritage is a unique blend of Oguz Turkic, Ottoman and Anatolian elements. So Greco-Roman as well as Islamic cultures left permanent marks on the culture of Turkey and Westernization of Ottoman Empire was starting point of that blend.

Today, there is clear separation of state from religion in this secular country. Huge investment in museums, opera houses, architecture and theatres enhanced artistic expression of this country and made modern Turkey a blend of traditional, religious and historic values blended with Western culture incorporated under state’s watchful eye.

Hiring a Car to Get Around Turkey

Automobile is the safest way of travelling in Turkey, though it helps to follow a few tips. First of all tourists must make sure that meter is functional and starts properly at the initiation of their journey. Rates of day and night are different. From 7.00 to midnight day rates apply on taxi fare and night rates are more than day rates. If you want a car all day long, that’s usually around 200,000 TL, and varies from town to town.

Then again, you could just take the public bus…

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS:
Alanya Seacliffs – Özgür Mülazımoğlu

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