23 Mar 2020 posted in Culture
For language learners of all levels, knowing typical day Turkish greetings and expressions go a long way in daily life. don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Turks admire people who take a chance when speaking their language and will respond in kind.
11 Mar 2020 posted in Culture
First-time visitors to Turkey often put a Turkish bath on their bucket list, but it is essential to know that this is no tourist gimmick. It is a time-honoured tradition that stems back centuries.
11 Mar 2020 posted in Culture
When it comes to Turkish proverbs, expect a vast variety covering many topics. While a few are confined to the history books, many are still used today, and they represent common-sense and practical advice to any situation.
25 Jan 2020 posted in Culture
In this article, we have picked a well-rounded group of facts to introduce the city of Istanbul and give everyone reasons to visit. Let's find out 9 interesting facts about Istanbul
Out of all the historical sites in Turkey, the 4th century Sumela Monastery stands in a league of its own. Clinging to a cliff facing the Macka National Park in the northeast every year more people visit to discover its story, the ancient monastery and fantastic views over the green countryside.
Gobeklitepe joined the extensive list of Turkey’s UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2018. To celebrate the inclusion, Turkey called 2019, the “year of Gobeklitepe” in a global promotion to raise awareness about its historical importance.
24 Dec 2018 posted in Culture
Like Rome, Istanbul was built on seven hills, but this isn’t a canny coincidence. The Byzantine Empire built the city on seven hills to proclaim themselves as the new Rome. It was a deliberate snub to the former grand empire in the beginning stages of decline.
There are a number of national holidays in Turkey throughout the year and public holidays can be a great time to visit and join in on celebrations.
These days most Turks scoff at superstitions and have come to regard them as funny or, on the odd occasion, totally absurd. For newcomers to the country though, they give a perfect insight into rural and urban beliefs from days gone by.
Turkey has hundreds of age-old superstitions, and in most cases, the origin is hard to trace. The beliefs also vary from region to region. So, do Turks believe and practise them?
While there are some common traditions including tea, the love of food, and daily greetings, regional customs and traditions vary greatly and learning about them is a terrific way of seeing Turkey beyond the pages of a travel book.
06 Jun 2018 posted in Culture
Any first-time visitor who wants to learn more about Turkey is in for a pleasant surprise. From people to places, a mass of quirky and unknown facts will peak your interest, and to get started our introduction will also cement any burning desire to visit the country.
Turkey's Culture and Tourism Minister, Dr. Numan Kurtulmus, declared 2018 "The Year of Troy" in support of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. It is his hope that celebrations will help promote cultural sites and encourage visitors to Turkey.
Most Turkish cities and resorts carry on as normal during Ramadan. Those that do fast normally do so with dignity - you won't know they are fasting. Drinks (including alcohol) are still served and the fabulous food Turkey is famed for still dished up in tourist resorts with a smile.
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