Izmir Turkey

Turkey has been called ‘’the cradle of civilization’’ and by traveling through this historic land the tourists will discover exactly what is meant by its phrase. The world’s first town, a Neolithic city at Catalhoyuk ( by Konya ), dates back to 6,500 BC. From the days of Catalhoyuk up to the present time Turkey boasts of a rich culture that trough the centuries has made a lasting impression on modern civilization. The heir many centuries of cultures makes Turkey a paradise of information and cultural wealth. Hattis, Hittites, Phrygians, Urartians, Lycians, Lydians, Ionians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks, and Ottomans have all held important places in Turkey’s history, and ancient sites and ruins scattered throughout the country give proof to each civilization’s unique distinction.

Izmir Turkey
Izmir Turkey
Izmir TurkeyTurkey also has a very fascinating recent history. Upon the decline of the Ottoman Empire, a young man named Mustafa Kemal, who was a soldier by occupation but a great visionary in character, took the defeat of World War I and turned it into a shining victory by liberating Turkey of all foreign invaders. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the Republic of Turkey on the 29th of October, 1923. He led his country into peace and stability, with tremendous economic growth and complete modernization. Through decades of change and growth Turkey still boasts of this success by effectively living by their adopted motto of ‘’Peace at Home, Peace in the World’’.
Izmir Turkey
Izmir Turkey
Izmir Turkey
Izmir TurkeyWhile Turkey is a secular state, about 98% of the people are Muslims; their faith is that of Islam. ‘Islam’ means ‘submission’; a Muslim is one of who submits himself to God. Islam is the most recent of the three great monotheistic religions, having developed from the revelations by God to the Prophet Mohammed. He was born in Mecca and lived from about AD 570 to June 8,632. His activity as a Prophet encompassed the ten years before his death. The holy book of Islam is the Koran; it is believed to be the revelation of God to Mohammed. It contains 114 suras (chapters) and 6,666 ayets (verses). Allahuekber (God is incomparable) are the words calling the people to prayer. The non-Muslim minority people are concentrated in Istanbul. There are Sephardic Jews and Christians of several backgrounds: Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, Greek Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, a few Protestants and some others.

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Bursa Turkey

It is my impression that it is possible for a traveler to girdle the globe without ever meeting a local person who does not stand to make money off of them. The tourism bubble is thick, and can serve as a separation barrier between travelers and the people who live where they travel.

There is a notion in most cultures that traveling the world means meeting new people and having new experiences. But my impression is that if you fully utilize the tourism infrastructure that is available to you – or if you stick hard to following the guidebook – you may as well just stay at home watching the travel channel, for you will just have the same experiences – drinking in bars, shopping, trying to shag chicks – as you did before you went traveling. In point, you will see a lot, but experience little.

Bursa Turkey
Bursa TurkeyIt once took a decent amount of effort and trial and error to make friends in the places that I traveled prior to using Couchsurfing.com. If I could make friends and visit people’s homes three or four times a month, I considered myself to be doing good. With Couchsurfing it is fairly easy to meet people everywhere you go.

You just browse the database, find someone whose profile you like, and send them a message. Sometimes they invite you to stay with them, sometimes they offer to meet up for dinner or coffee, and sometimes they tell you to go shit in your hat.
Bursa Turkey
Bursa Turkey
Bursa Turkey
Bursa Turkey
I looked around and only found a sea of apartment highrises and knots of highways. The destination placard on the front of the bus that dropped me off here said “Bursa,” but I had no idea where Bursa was.

I climbed a highway overpass to get a good view of what laid beyond and could not find anything other than more highways and more apartment complexes.

I smiled, for I was in a place where people lived. I was in one of those inbetween places where travelers often fail to stop.

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Istanbul Turkey

Everywhere, you’ll find old and new, traditional and modern blended into one unique metropolis. Istanbul tourists explore the relics of Ottoman and Byzantine empires as striking contemporary architecture rises nearby.

Turkey is renowned for its quality leather and fashion. The chic boutiques filled with clothing, shoes, bags, belts and other items make Istanbul a shoppers’ paradise. Or you may prefer to tour Turkey’s Grand Bazaar, for centuries a spice merchant and traders’ hub.

Whether you choose traditional folk fare or a stylish restaurant the cuisine of Turkey is something to savour. Istanbul is packed with outstanding dining choices, plus tourists and locals enjoy the pulsing modern night life.

Istanbul Turkey
Istanbul Turkey
Istanbul Turkey
Istanbul Turkey
Istanbul Turkey
Istanbul Turkey

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Ankara Turkey

Here I am after a few days without any new articles.I am to complete my article serie about Turkey with this third of three parts.Actually most of the places/cities which I will mention in this article and also the ones I have mentioned in previous two parts are to be written within specific titles.I am aware of it and I am going to do it in future.Here, I will write “must see” places/cities of middle and northern Turkey.And there will be decades of photos many of whom are “first time on the net”

Ankara Turkey
Ankara Turkey
Ankara Turkey
Ankara Turkey
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Ankara

The westernization of the constumbres of the population becomes evident specially in the big cities as Istanbul and Ankara. Though the majority of the population practises(teaches) the faith of the Islam, this one is considered to be like "moderated", in reference to other populations of Moslem majority.
Most of the population is considered to yes same as(like) European. The diaspora of Turkish citizens in Europe, it(he,she) has helped to extend the culture of Turkey across the continent. This trend is principally marked in Germany where almost 3 million Turks live(inhabit), some of which have opened themselves a space emphasized in the culture of the above mentioned country. Such it is the case of the filmmaker, Fatih Akin. Also it(he) is famous in the continent and in several parts of the world the interpreter of music pop, Tarkan

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Malaysian Culture

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Malaysian Culture
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Malaysian Airlines Food

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Malaysian Airlines Food
Malaysian Airlines Food
Malaysian Airlines Food
Malaysian Airlines Food
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Malaysian Airlines Interior

Silk pajamas, private spas, designer amenities and restaurant-quality food--these days flying first class is a lot like a night at your favorite resort. The major difference (other than jet lag): price.

This year, Cathay Pacific, the top-rated first class carrier on our annual list of the Best First Class Airlines, celebrated its 60th birthday. To mark the occasion, the airline announced a series of upgrades, including bigger television screens, more work space and a new, ergonomically-tested first class seat with massage capability that gently converts to a chaise lounge as well as a totally flat bed.

On Malaysia Airlines, passengers in the U.K. and France are ferried to the airport via helicopter (passengers in other countries make do with a limo). On board, food is served with silver forks and knives, Italian glassware and china; champagne, liquor and vintage wine accompany each meal.

In Pictures: World's Best First Class
And at British Airways (nyse: BAB - news - people ), the design of the newly introduced first class cabin was based on the interior of a Rolls Royce, with Connolly leather, faux walnut wood, rich fabrics and a deep, soothing color palette. At London's Heathrow and New York's John F. Kennedy airports, BA also provides a complimentary Molton Brown Spa, and onboard catering includes spa cuisine from Thailand's Chiva Som resort.

Malaysian Airlines Interior
Malaysian Airlines Interior"We get celebrity chefs from around the world to help us identify the food trends happening in restaurants. Then we make it happen in the plane," says James Boyd, a representative for Singapore Airlines (other-otc: SGPJF - news - people ), which just spent $360 million upgrading cabins across all classes of service. "Same thing with the wine experts, who tell us where wine is going. Our turndown service for first class looks like the service you'd expect to have at a five-star hotel. We're taking a page from how our customers live their lives."

Of course, all that pampering comes at a price. A round-trip first class ticket from London to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific costs $12,373, and New York to Hong Kong rings in at almost $16,000. On Malaysia Airlines, an Los Angeles to Kuala Lumpur round-trip first class ticket is $8,800; Bangkok can be almost $10,000.
Malaysian Airlines Interior
Malaysian Airlines Interior
Malaysian Airlines Interior
Malaysian Airlines Interior
Malaysian Airlines Interior"The carriers make a lot of money on people who pay premium fares," says Bob Harrell, president of New York City-based aviation industry consulting firm Harrell Associates. "There's a lot of competition in the back of the airplane, but the fares are so dramatically higher in the front of the plane that they have incredible margins for carriage."

Of course, there are plenty of people sitting in first class who didn't pay $10,000 to be there.

"It's either upgrades or employees," says Harrell. "They'd never displace a guy who wants to pay $10,000, but if a seat's available, it goes to a crew member," like a deadheading pilot.

If you don't work for an airline, your best bet to travel first class is to fly--a lot. Most airline rewards programs offer upgrades for their top flyers, those in their Platinum, Diamond or Gold categories, says Harrell. "These people get upgrades routinely, or free tickets or rewards miles if they can't get an upgrade."

To compile our list, we worked with Skytrax, a U.K.-based airline and airport quality ranking firm, which sent 16 auditors into the field for six months to assess the 36 carriers who offer first class service on their international, long-haul routes. Skytrax grades each airline across a giant matrix on over 400 criteria, including efficiency of the check-in process, the quality of the onboard entertainment and the temperature of the meal service entrée when it is served.

One thing that hasn't changed from last year's list is that the top ten is dominated by Asia- and Middle East-based airlines. Not a single U.S.-based carrier made the top ten.

"Amongst the Middle Eastern carriers, the majority have a largely Asian proportion of front-line staff in customer service roles," Peter Miller, who administers Skytrax's annual study, writes in an e-mail. "The Asian service culture is quite simply a whole lot better than that which we have here in Europe or that which you have in the U.S."

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