Ancient and modern blend for delightful travel to Turkey
MARY BOHLEN, SO Magazine
An ancient road leads to the Celsus Library, one of the most photographed sites in Ephesus, Turkey. Originally a busy seaport,
Ephesus' harbor silted in and became the farmland seen in the distance.
When Judy and Dennis Beetzel of Springfield told friends they were headed to Turkey for vacation, nearly everyone
That would be the last place Id go, Judy says was a typical response. That didnt deter the Beetzels, who first went
with family members and loved the country so much they returned a second time.
What the Beetzels and others have discovered is that Turkey offers affordable travel, friendly people, exquisite food,
fun shopping, stunning sites and an intriguing blend of ancient and modern.
That blend is apparent in Istanbul, which traditionally has balanced European and Asian cultures along with geography
on the edge of two continents. Centuries-old minarets and modern skyscrapers share the citys atmosphere. A young woman dressed
in an ankle-length overcoat and head covering walks with another in shorts and flip-flops. The showcase Ataturk International
Airports wide boulevards soon give way to the winding streets of the citys Sultanahmet/Old City neighborhood.
Sultanahmet offers reasonable accommodations in restored Ottoman mansions. You may be awakened by early morning calls
to prayer from the many neighborhood mosques, but the areas character and convenience to many of Istanbuls top sites makes it
the place to stay
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