Two Americans, until recently resident in Istanbul offer an insider's look at all of Turkey, from its beautiful rugged coastline filled with ancient Greek and Byzantine ruins - featuring two of the world's most admired sites, Troy and Ephesus - to the modern nightlife and exotic shopping of Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya and more. Extensive history, culture and travel planning sections, with terrific coverage of Istanbul and environs, Black Sea and Mediterranean coasts, and first-rate advice on wonderful lodgings, exciting restaurants, where to see authentic whirling dervish performances, insider tips on how to bargain for rugs, best places to take a Turkish bath, and so much more.
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Ankara is best as a staging area for trips west to Gordion, east to Hattusas, south
to Cappadocia, and north to Amasya and the Black Sea beyond. One night in
Ankara is usually plenty for tourism purposes, but there's plenty to see if you
This is a great choice in Ankara's bustling Kizilay area, rating three stars from the
tourism bureau on the strength of solid amenities, tidy, attractive rooms, good
service, and a hospitable lobby. This is the best mid-range hotel in Ankara, with a
18, Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara, Tel. 312 427 1246. Moderate. A French bakery and
coffee shop with two locations, the second in Bahcelievler . The croissant, by the
way, is allegedly Ottoman, not French, to begin with, a puffy, flaky "crescent.
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