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Old 2nd February 2013, 16:27   #1 (permalink)
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The Good Turkey Post

Ther have been some very negative post on this great forum lately mostly regarding scams, interest rates etc.

Lets please have just one post that has no negatives just positive things to say about Turkey. I'm Thinking particulary for new menbers who are new to this sight who are looking for the good points about Turkey.

I am going to kick things off by quoting Data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.


Hagia Sophia tops Turkey’s attractions

The Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapı Palace and the ruins of Ephesus were the most-visited tourist attractions in Turkey last year, according to the Culture Ministry’s General Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Museums.

In 2012, close to 29 million tourists visited museums and historical ruins in Turkey, bringing the sites TL 280,206,955 in ticket revenue.

A total of 9,569,847 people visited the museums and ruins free of charge, while 19,211,461 paid entrance fees. The Culture Ministry’s Müzekart (Museum Card) was used by 843,019 people for admission to museums and ancient sites.

The Hagia Sophia Museum, a 1,475-year-old church that is regarded as one of the most significant architectural structures in the world, became the most-visited museum last year.

Istanbul’s Topkapı Palace, which was built by Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1478, came in second place, while the ruins of Ephesus in the Aegean province of İzmir’s Selçuk district, which date back to 6000 BC, ranked third.


Turkey tourist arrivals hit 15 month high

Data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism shows tourist arrivals in Turkey reached a 15 month peak during December. The total number of tourists arriving in the country surged by an impressive 12.43 per cent to 1.63 million, compared with 1.34 million in November. This latest figure is the highest since September 2011.

For the whole of 2012, Turkey received 31.78 million visitors, which was 1.04 per cent higher than 2011's total.

Missing Akbuk and it's beautiful pine hills and views can't wait to visit soon to ease my Asthma.
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Today in Alanaya was wonderful bright warm sunshine andf lots of new spring flowers on the road side and roundabouts truly a pleasure to walk about the town.
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A good idea to balance the " negative " aspects of Turkey, us? well we are still here after 7 years so our overall opinion is easily guessed at.
Our latest treat will be a long weekend in Istanbul on the 15th, Hag Sophia will bo on for a visit, for the 4th time! it still knocks me off balance.

For the boys, trams, the tunel, Istiklal trams, furnicular railway and ferries---deep joy.

Good Turkey is out there, you just have to look
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soon be tıme to pay the councıl tax here ın kusadası---last year ıt was 80 quıd----for the whole year!--ı love turkey!
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Little things, everyday things......

A shopping trip into the village that becomes a social event - cay and Turkish coffee in the Eczane, cay in the Pilic Evi, a small bottle of water each as a present when we bought some bits and bobs, a tea and a nescafe when we went to the pet shop......

An invitation to join our friends and their families for a barbecue in the Yayla recently.

A cyber friend who caught two buses to bring me a decent cup of coffee in hospital recently.

I could go on. Lots of little things that leave you feeling warm and with a smile on your face and an unshakeable belief that life is good.
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Today in Alanaya was wonderful bright warm sunshine andf lots of new spring flowers on the road side and roundabouts truly a pleasure to walk about the town.
My favourite time of the year in Turkey is early Spring, with warm sunshine and beautiful Spring flowers starting to bloom. Bright blue skies with sparkly sea and stunning mountain views. Everything smells fresh.

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After ı get loaded down wıth shoppın at the market ı can sıt under palm trees ın the sun and drınk çay at the cafe and just people watch.And later on my balcony the call to prayer sounds quıte beautıfull.
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Ther have been some very negative post on this great forum lately mostly regarding scams, interest rates etc.
Negative posts about Turkey haven't been just recently they have been going on for about nine years and they will continue with the endemic rip off culture still in force.They range from emlaks to council officials to lawyers and back again plus others.
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thanks for starting this thread there have been too many depressing threads lately and i think we tend to get bogged down with them and forget about all the reasons why many of us on this forum have made our homes in Turkey
Its a beautiful country

ive been here since the early 90s and im married to a wonderful Turkish man for over 16 years and part of a great loving family i feel very lucky. i wouldnt want to live anywhere else.

in keeping with your wishes for a nice positive thread i will therefore say nothing about politics the judicial sytem the plight of women and the poverty thats prevalent in most of Turkey!

i used to post a lot about history and places to go but this kind of thread gets little interest nowadays even though they are the best kind of threads and dont lead to wisecracks or arguments but there is something for everyone here.

Turkish food is of course wonderful and like everything else in Turkey is better sampled off the beaten track away from tourist traps

Its a shame that many uk tourists never venture further than the resorts around the coasts as Turkey is teeming with archaeological sites as well as outstanding natural beauty and of course people who are unspoilt by tourism. Further east you will meet loads of Chinese Japanese Yanks ..people from all over the world.

There is so much to see and everybody has a favourite place they like to promote for me it has to be Hatay which now has an international airport which opened in 2008

im promising myself that one day i wil take a trip to Mardin
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Mardin is definitely on my "to do" list as well Shirley. A melting pot of several cultures and religions living together cheek by jowl in relative harmony. A fascinating place.
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