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Anthropology and Archeology for the Turkey Traveler

Old Jul 25th, 2018, 12:14 AM
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I, too,have found much of this report rather depressing. I remember Helsinki for its beauty (including both stunning cityscapes and also some more open areas, just outside the city, that were absolutely lovey) and for the kindness of the people I encountered there -- not to mention what I experienced as their enviable attractiveness and stylishness. But it's been quite I while since I was there (1994, IIRC), so things could easily have changed....

I'm glad you and Eser found moments worthy of your 40th anniversary!
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otherchelebi, Thank you for your interesting posts here. A question for you: I want to visit a Turkish friend in Datca in late September this year. I will be flying through IST and then Bodrum and plan to take the ferry then to Datca. As an American woman (blonde) do you think I might encounter any political risks/problems on my trip? Would it be wise to avoid stayinig a couple of days in Istanbul enroute? Do you still advise getting a visa online? Thanks for your thoughts!
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Old Aug 22nd, 2018, 11:34 PM
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Hi,cduke, I will respond on this thread but we should continue our posting on my new annual thread :

Turkey for the Experience

I sincerely doubt you would encounter any problems. Many of my Turkish family members are blond. This year at least four million blond Europeans and Americans have visited Turkey so far.

If you are not a member of the Trump administration, you should have no worries. Otherwise your arrival may be noted at arrival and you may not be allowed in the country or be hassled.

Definitely get your visa on-line. It will save you time and money.

Stay as long as you wish in istanbul. I will recommend either the historic peninsula (i.e. Sultanahmet area) or the more upscale and fun Nisantasi district.
Taksim, Beyoglu, Istiklal districts are now the domain of tourists from the Middle East and the shops and services catering to them and staffed accordingly with Arabic speakers, possibly immigrants.

A third option is staying on the Bosphorus which may give you the opportunity to commute to historic sights and other interesting areas and back by ferries.

Just make sure that the Bodrum-Datca ferryboat operates on the dates you plan to take it. One of my trip reports mention us hope;essly waiting for it at Bodrum to find out that it was not operating out of season.
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