Summary: Turkey can be found bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Georgia, and bordering the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, between Greece and Syria, and is comprised of a high central plateau (Anatolia) and narrow coastal plains with several mountain ranges. It is the home to the remnants of the Ottoman Empire, and to Mount Ararat, the legendary landing place of Noah's Ark.
Time Zone: DST +0300 UTC
Languages: Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic, Armenian, Greek
Power: 230 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Turkish Lira
- Currently 1 TRL = 0.0000005 USD $
Climate: Turkey is temperate with hot, dry summers, and mild, wet winters, although harsher in the interior.
- Currently 50º, Mostly Cloudy
IMF to visit Turkey on Thursday- Treasury - Reuters via Yahoo! Singapore News - 1 hour, 9 minutes ago
A young woman leads Turkey to examine modernity and devotion - International Herald Tribune - Oct 14 4:33 AM
Turkey apology over prison death - BBC News - Oct 14 2:29 PM
Turkey apologizes for inmate beating death - AP via Yahoo! News - Oct 14 8:03 AM
Richard Dawkins' Web site banned in Turkey - UPI - Sep 19 1:25 PM
| Istanbul: Istanbul had been, over the course of its history, the capital of the Roman, Byzantium and Ottoman Empires. In the area populated since the Neolithic age, you can find one of the richest museums in the world in the Archeological Museum of Istanbul, situated near the Topkapi Palace.|
| Antalya: Antalya is the sixth largest city in Turkey, and serves as the gateway to southern Turkey, as many tourists land there to then visit nearby towns. Antalya is home to the Antalya Archaeological Museum, the Duden Waterfall, and is near the ancient amphitheater in Aspendos.|
|Ankara: The second largest city in Turkey, the ancient Ankara mixes the old, with mausoleums and mosques like Anitkabir and Kocatepe, with the new, like Atakule Tower and the Armada shopping center. Start shopping off the Kizilay square or along Eskisehir road, explore the marketplace around the Kale, known as Ankara Castle, or get a drink at the bars and clubs around Bestekar street. Because it is the capital, Ankara can also make a great stepping off point through the middle east or even just the back country with prices a step below those of Istanbul.|
Modesty: Although Turkey was the first country to recognize a woman's right to vote, the further you get from the touristed areas, it would help you fit into the culture by covering your legs, upper arms and torso.
Currency Conversion: Do not change money at the Airport. You will get a better rate of exchange at local exchange offices.
Bargain Hunter: Bargaining is very common on prices in stores and shops - the deals can go from good to great depending on the price and how much you haggle.
Food: Turkey invented the Shish Kebab - small bites of grilled meat and vegetables, and common foods are fish, lamb and eggplant.
Phrases: Cok Guzel means very beautiful, yes = Evet, no = hayir, hello = merhaba, please = Lütfen, thanks = mersi
Tipping: Service charges are included in hotel and restaurant bills. It is not necessary to tip cab drivers.
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