Our RouteIstanbul – Göreme (Cappadocia) – Antalya – Lycian Way [walking from Fethiye to Kaş] - Demre – Olympos – Pamukkale - Ephesus - Istanbul
- The friendliest of people. We were constantly given free meals, teas, Turkish coffees, and were entertained for hours just because our hosts genuinely wanted us to feel welcome in their country.
- Mayhem and The Lycian Way. We've written about this extensively.
- They have many impressive mosques and...
- Dervishes that spin.
- Lets not forget the amazing rock carved hoodoos and underground cities of Cappadocia.
- Roman/Greek/Lycian ruins.
- Wild pomegranates... the reddest and most delicious I've ever tasted.
- Turkish breakfasts included with every room - fresh bread, honey, jam, yogurt, cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, and lots and lots of olives.
- Carpet salesmen. Easy enough to avoid, they stick pretty close to their stores. If they bother you, just walk away.
- Night buses. The price was fair, the seats were comfortable and the staff came around regularly with complementary tea and coffee service. Unfortunately, the buses don't have bathrooms on board. As a result, there is a lights-on-stop every few hours leaving little to no chance for anyone to actually sleep during the night.
- Taxi drivers. We managed to only take a taxi twice in Turkey. Both times I felt that I had paid far too much. Fortunately, I believed that the driver would cause me to be seriously maimed in a deadly accident before we arrived at our destination only one of the times.
- Call to prayer can be heard everywhere. Cities, towns, mountains, valleys, and beaches. Five times a day, seven days a week. It's a live performance every day, it's full of emotion, and it's something I grew to appreciate in a totally non-religious sort of way. Believe it or not, I actually missed the call to prayers after leaving Turkey.
- Even though both my parents are diabetic, I was still able to eat several pounds of sugar-saturated dough in a single sitting without triggering my own pancreas to fail.
- You can't eat raw olives off of the tree. Too bitter. Trust me, I tried over and over again.
- Don't go for a long multi-day hike in new boots (unless your name is Mike, in which case it's fine).
- Firefighters really do rescue kittens from high places