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This brand new edition Insight Guide to Turkey features illuminating text written by expert, local writers alongside a wealth of inspiring full-colour photography that vividly brings Turkey and its people to life, at the turn of a page. The top attractions are highlighted to help you plan your trip priorities, including the many ancient sites not to be missed. An in-depth 'Places' section covers the entire country, region by region, from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul to the idyllic beaches of the Mediterranean coast. All the principal sites are cross-referenced by number to the accompanying full-colour maps found throughout the guide, whilst additional maps inside the front and back covers enable instant orientation and easy navigation at a glance. Colour-coded sections explore Turkey's intriguing history and also provide interesting features on everything from Anatolia's ancient arts, to modern Turks and their quest for identity. A comprehensive 'Travel Tips' section details transport, accommodation for all budgets, eating out, useful Turkish phrases, essential telephone numbers and much more practical information, to ensure your trip goes smoothly. The unique combination of insightful exploration alongside practical advice means that this guide truly is a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.
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Melissa Shales is a frequent visitor to Barbados, having lived there previously. Based in Streatham, London, she is the author of a dozen travel books and has written widely on France as well as contributing to numerous magazines, including Traveller, ABTA Magazine and Classic Travel.
Reviews - What do customers think about Insight Guides Turkey?
For anyone with Turkish friends. Jul 3, 2004
This book is unmistakably useful as a guide for tourists visiting Turkey, but it will be of value also to all of us with Turkish friends. Turks are Middle Easterners, but not like most of their neighbours. This book sweeps away suppositions and errors and presents the Turks' history, culture, beliefs and ways in a clear and readable manner.
Insightful Guide!! Aug 1, 2001
The Insight Guide to Turkey has breathtaking photos, and exceptionally well-written essays about the country, its history, geography, politics and peoples.
I read this book in preparing to host a Turk at my house. I was seeking an appreciation of the country and its culture. What I got was a fascinating read (I couldn't put it down) and a very balanced view, in addition to a great history lesson. I am left with a desire to see this country and meet its people!
Cross cultural lifeline. Aug 2, 2000
Insight guides offer a rich history, political analysis and cultural insight to the countries they cover. By using locally based writers they get the insiders view of what the various camps believe in. For a discerning traveller who wants to know about the country, the people, geography, food, industry etc and for those who wish to travel independently, this is the book to read. It is not tourist guide which says stay here, eat this menu, see this statue. All that is left to the standard tourist guide writers. If you never travel to a country, you can know it through the insight guide. Because Muslim and Turkish cultures are so different from ours (and Turkish is different to Arabic Muslim) it is important to be aware of the behaviours that are considered polite and those that are considered to be rude. This book equips you to deal courteously with salesmen who would be considered pushy by western standards. Did you know for instance that it is rude to kiss your partner in the street in Turkey (or any muslim country) even if it is only a peck on the cheek -whereas it is polite for men to kiss each other in public. Why were Turks feared by all of Europe for seven hundred years? Why do the Greeks still hate them with such passion (if you want to insult a Greek just call him a Turk and see the reaction). For depth of analysis on culture, history and geography, to understand what makes the people tick, you should read this book. Then if you travel to Turkey you may, like me, find the Turks to be the friendliest people you have ever met. You may also understand why such friendly people are capable of being represented in quite a different way in Movies like Midnight Express. Vive la difference!