Turkey...not the kind on Thanksgiving...

I'm having trouble beginning this post... four times now I've gone to the kitchen to eat peanut butter out of the jar in an attempt to get my creative writing wheels turning
Turkey's culture is so diverse I think it's easier to just write a list:
Ancient. Modern. Secular. Allah. Conservative. Liberal. Spices. Herbs. Skyscrapers. Caves. Asia. Europe. Educated.  Illiterate. Wealth. Poverty. Snow. Beaches.
Turkey, as we know it today, has been the home for many different types of people for centuries while under constant transformation and rule: Hittite, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Mongol, Ottoman...
Which explains its diversity:
From worshiping Greek goddess, missions by Saint Paul,  the home to Mother Mary, the spread of Islam and since 1924, freedom of religion (as recognized in the constitution)
The people in Turkey also come in many different shapes and sizes.
In the north you will find Turks with light skin, red hair and blue eyes,
while in the south it is common to look dark and have Arab features.
In the east cuisine is inspired by spices from Asia whereas along the Mediterranean lots of fresh herbs and lemon are used
Traditionally, Turks are known for enjoying their afternoons at a cafe playing Tawula, Turkish Backgammon
 and sipping coffee in the shade
while modern Turks enjoy expensive cafes on the water.
Turkish rugs hang at a store.
Behind on the hill is Bergama, ruled by Alexander the Great in 300 bc
At the acropolis in the ancient city, Bergama
With Turkey's lush terrain comes an abundance of produce
Basically my heaven on earth at every corner (and cheap!)
 Coastal cities on the Aegean and Mediterranean look a lot like Greece
with white stucco, blue window trim and bougainvillea
Many nights were enjoyed dinning on the water
with a large selection of regional mezes
and delicious seafood
The best octopus I have ever had! I insisted the chef come out to talk with me and share his secrets :o) 
Mansions line the Bosporus in Istanbul
 While fishermen still live on the boats in small villages
 Turkey is mountainous and lush near the sea
while a little dry and hot inland 
Not to mention the locals are incredible friendly
 Traditional dance, pinkies together now, everyone!
and the service is great and up to western standards.
Compared to your coffee taking 30 minutes to arrive in Greece
After 3 wonderful weeks exploring the Aegean and Mediterranean coast, I must say I am very much in love with all that Turkey has to offer.  
I can't wait to get back some day.
 Bosporus in Istanbul, connecting Asia and Europe

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