09.18.2013 - 09.30.2013
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain – American Humorist
“You’re going WHERE???”
That is the typical reaction when family and friends hear that we plan to travel to Turkey in September 2013. That question is usually quickly followed with:
“But why go to Turkey?”
I know that they are only concerned for our safety. After all, Turkey has been at the forefront of the news, as protests erupted at Taksim Square and elsewhere in Turkey this May. But all of our sources indicate there is no cause for concern for our safety while traveling within Turkey
Then things heat up in Syria closer to our departure. Nevertheless, we are not easily dissuaded from taking the trip we have planned for almost a year.
You can hide under the covers, fearing what “might” happen, or say what the heck and go ahead despite the risks. We opt for the latter course.
To us, Turkey represents a fascinating and appealing mix of cultures. Juxtaposed between Europe and Asia, it is a Muslim-majority country with a secular government that is an ally of the US. Its culture and history are a rich tapestry reflecting the influence of merchants travelling on its ancient Silk Road as well as its invaders and conquerors, from Greeks and Romans to Ottoman Turks.
Photo credit: http://www.radiodramareviews.com/silkroadofadaptation/
It also played an important role in the early Christian church. The people there are friendly, many are English-speaking, it’s brimming with ancient historical sites, has ten World Heritage Sites, the food is good, and the climate in fall is superb.
So in answer to the question “Why go to Turkey?” we say, “Why not?!”
Before we get started, however, a bit of legalese: Except as noted otherwise, all of the photos on this travel blog are property of the author or are images in the public domain.
If I do justice to this fascinating country, you’ll want to put Turkey on your “Must See” list too. Now let's get started with Day 1...