Turkey: A Study in Contrasts

Hecktic Travels September 3, 2012 3

Turkey is a captivating country of stark contrasts. One minute you are walking along a dusty road and being passed by camels, but a few hours later you can be at a rock concert with tens of thousands of people. Climb to the clouds on a series of limestone terraces in Pamukkale, and be basking on an Aegean beach several hours later.

The enigmatic Bosphorus Strait divides Istanbul across the European and Asian continents, and an invisible line may divide east and west on political issues. But one thing is universal: the Turkish are a sincerely welcoming and passionate people with a fierce pride for what their country has to offer. And their pride is well deserved.

Two of the most beautiful and intriguing buildings in Turkey can be found within steps of each other in Istanbul, Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque.

Hagia Sofia

Blue Mosque

There are only two words to accurately describe the Cappadocia reason: other-worldly. Hike through fields of fairy chimneys and take to the skies in a hot air balloon to see this unique landscape from above.

Pete at Cappadocia

Hot air balloons over Cappadocia

Roman ruins don’t get much better than this. Ephesus is extremely well-preserved and deserves hours to climb over them and explore.


Ephesus Library


  1. Deborah Nelson September 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I will enjoy this blog about Turkey. Is is MY HOTSPOT! Been there over 12 times, lived in Antalya, taught native speaking english there and am now engaged to a wonderful Turkish Man!!! Can life be any better than Turkey???? aaahhhh!!!

  2. Rachit September 5, 2012 at 5:50 am - Reply

    its a lovely place, spent some days in Istanbul and Izmir in June/July….. have tried to document those here http://rachitst.blogspot.in/2012/06/turkish-summer.html

  3. Travel Republic review March 14, 2013 at 2:07 am - Reply

    What a wonderful place! Turkey sure is a very interesting place to visit. I hope my husband and I will soon have our next honeymoon to this great destination this year.

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