Why people love to travel to Turkey?
Read Courtney's interview;
Tell us abit about yourself..?
Hello, I'm Courtney and I'm 23 years old from Ohio, USA. I work for an international veterinary medicine franchise as a senior veterinary technician (veterinary nurse). I enjoy spending my free time with my husband, friends and family. I also love photography, drawing, enjoying nature and traveling-that is when I have the free time (which isn't often).
What made you first decide to visit Turkey?
I made the decision to visit Turkey last summer when my husband invited me to go with him and meet his family. I was hesitant at first because I knew absolutely nothing about Turkey and honestly I couldn't even point it out on a map. But honestly it was one of the best decisions that I ever made...Turkey is a very amazing and enchanting country!
Which cities have you visited in Turkey?
We spent most of our time with my husbands family in Ankara. Ankara was a nice city, not touristic though. I think that is part of the reason why I liked it so much, I just got the chance to blend in and enjoy the normal everyday life of the Turk. I went shopping with my mother-in-law and hung out in her novelty shop downtown. We spent ALOT of time visiting his friends and family, which was awesome because every home we went to we were offered mouth watering authentic Turkish cuisine. We also visited the Ataturk Masoleum and I was very impressed by the vast massivness of the monument.
His parents then took us to the southern coast where we spent a few weeks in Alanya and Antalya. The scenery here was absolutely breathtaking, from the amazing waterfalls in Alanya to the clear, serene sea in Antalya. One of my absolute favorite things in Alanya were the waterfalls descending down the Tauros Mountains in search of the Mediterranean Sea. I only remember a few of the names of the different waterfalls: Duden Falls, Kursunlu Falls and Manavgat Falls, I think there are about 20 different waterfalls though. There were also beautiful castles in both cities, but my favorite was in Antayla. Our hotel sat right on the beach in this little bay, and across the bay was this magnificent castle looking out to sea from the sea side cliffs. The view of the sea and the city from this castle was stunning!
Then we to Istanbul to visit some friend before heading back to Ankara. The city was very impressive, full of culture and history. But it was a little to much for me, I was very overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of life in Istanbul. Everything seemed so rushed and crowded, there was no time to stop and enjoy the what the city has to offer. But the hotel we stayed at though had this little rooftop cafe that overlooked the Bosphorous, which offered a perfect view of the Bosphorous and the city itself.
Would you like to visit again? If yes - What is it about Turkey that you love?
Yes of course I will be visiting Turkey again. My husband and I are planning to bring my parents next summer to see the many wonders that Turkey has to offer. My inlaws have also just bought a house on the western coast which I can't wait to visit.
What I loved the most is the hospitality of the Turkish people, the colorful culture and the amazing food of Turkey. Turkish people are some the of the most laidback, caring people I have ever met and I can't wait to return.
Did you feel safe in Turkey?
I did feel safe in Turkey, but I was never alone either. I think you have to take the same precautions that you would take anywhere else in the world. Just be aware of what is going on around you and don't go anywhere alone.
How were the Turkish people?
The Turkish people were so hospitable. Everywhere we went everyone was so friendly and kind. I actually injured my foot in Istanbul, being the klutz that I am I tripped on a step in our hotel and broke a bone in the top of my foot (which I didn't know it was broken until I got back to the US). Anyway as I was hobbling around Istanbul I can't even count how many people said "God bless You" and offered me a chair and something to drink. I felt like such a dork, but everyone was so kind.
Do you have any suggestions for new visitors to Turkey? Travel - tour tips? Can you recommend any specific places or advice?
I guess I would recommend just to enjoy yourself and the Turkish experience, so take the time to explore and enjoy the wonderful Turkish culture and the beautiful country.