The Rising Sun
Sail away into a place where old world charm greets you on every side. Surrounded by the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea, this little gem nestled in Turkey brings forth majesty and wonder to all who enter. Anatolia, which translates “rising sun”, foretells the scenery of what a tourist can expect when visiting . . . beautiful views, fiery sunrises and majestic beauty as far as the eye can see.
When to go:Spring and fall are both good times to arrive in Anatolia. Summers can be very hot and winters can mean snowfall and chilling temperatures. You should also be sure to come when terror alerts are down and news in the area with government issues are at a peak positive high.
When not to go:Turkey and its bordering part of Iraq have long been at odds. Make sure to check the news before you head out and also check with the department of homeland security to see if there are any threat levels for citizens of your home country traveling abroad.
Culture shock factor:While it depends on what you are accustomed to, the culture shock in Anatolia, Turkey boils down mostly to religious differences and staple foods. However, it is always interesting to see how others live and to experience the local food for yourself.
What to do while you’re here:Mt. Ararat often draws a crowd as it is thought to have been the resting place of Noah’s Ark. This is especially interesting for those of the Christian faith. Be sure to check that out and also St. Nicholas’s Church (yes, that St. Nicholas, known for his gifts to children). The church boasts of colored marble and an ancient build with breathtaking views. With all the history located in Anatolia, history buffs will delight in its wonder while romantics will bask in its beauty. From Bible story staples to simply exploring this new world, you and your spouse will have a delightful time in Turkey!
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