Sam's Exotic Travel Photos of Historic, Fascinating Turkey

Turkey, (officially the Republic of Turkey), is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in southwest Asia and the Balkan region of southeastern Europe. The region comprising modern Turkey has overseen the birth of major civilizations, including the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Because of its strategic location, where two continents meet, Turkey's culture has a unique blend of Eastern and Western tradition, often described as a bridge between the two civilizations. A powerful regional presence from the Adriatic Sea to China in the Eurasian landmass between Russia and India, Turkey has come to acquire increasing strategic significance. 

When my wife and I were planning our Easter holiday in 2007, we discussed doing Turkey and Greece.  After researching Turkey, while it became obvious that it was not a popular travel destination from Hong Kong (not much in the libraries here and I couldn’t even find a tour book in any of the book stores), it also became evident from searching the Internet that there was too much to see in Turkey in the 8-9 days we had available, so we scrapped our plans to also visit a bit of Greece – deciding to save that for a future trip. 

In searching the Internet, fortunately there is a great resource called Turkeytravelpanner.com (www.turkeytravelplanner.com/), lovingly built and maintained by Tom Brosnahan, a veteran guidebook author, travel writer, photographer and consultant on travel information to companies and government agencies.  After reading almost every page on his site --  which was extensive, we planned our trip to visit three of Turkey’s seven regions:  Marmara Region and its historic capital Istanbul; the Aegean Region and its historic Roman ruins and Central Anatolia and fascinating Cappadocia.

Cave-Churches of the Göreme Open-Air Museum, Cradle of Christianity in Cappadocia, Central Turkey  Sunset and Terraces - The Travertine Terraces of Pamukkale, Turkey   Temple of Aphrodiate -  Ancient City of Aphrodisias, Aegean Region of Turkey.    Süleymaniye Mosque in Silhouette, Istanbul's Golden Horn - Turkey

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