Turkey

Tea offered everywhere, generous hospitality, the hilly landscapes: the discovery of this part of the country gives us really want to visit the rest later!

La vidéo de notre passage en Turquie

Where is the Turkey?

Its flag:

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General data

Population: 76.5 million inhabitants (estimated 2013). 25% of the population less than 15 years.

Area: 780 576 km² (almost 1.5 times France).

Capital: Ankara. The largest city : Istanbul (14 million inhabitants!)

Languages: Turkish (official language), Kurdish, and the languages of minorities such as the Armenian, Greek, Arabic, laz, ladino, Bulgarian.

Currency: the Turkish Lira (Türk Lirası, TL). 1 euro = 2.78 TL - 1 LT = 0.36 euro

Scheme: Parliamentary Republic.

Head of State: Recep Tayyip Erdogan (since August 2014).

A few of the Unesco World Heritage sites: one part of old IstanbulGöreme national park and the rock sites of Cappadocia, the town of Safranbolu, the archaeological site of Troy and the mosque of Selim and social whole in Edirne.

-Lag : 1 h.

Economy

Until 1980, the protectionism was. In the 1980s, the Turkey adopts a derived growth strategy by the exports. The European Union is the largest trading partner of the Turkey.

The difficulties of the 2000s: A economic recovery programme is then orchestrated by the IMF, which gives rise to a series of reforms to the spectacular effects.

A spectacular, but fragile recovery: as early as 2010, the Turkish economy returned to strong growth: more than 9%! Thanks to its vast internal market and to the low cost of its workforcethe Turkey attracts more in addition to foreign investors.

Kitchen

Turkish specialities

Turkish cuisine turns tasty and varied, with specialties found in Greece, the Lebanon and Iran.

-In entry, the soups Turkish (corba)

-The rice and the bulgur (cracked wheat) accompany the entrees. Bulgur is the staple of the Anatolian.

-Meat in kebapthat is grilled. It is served with quilted bread and pepper.

-The PIDE are pizzas without tomato sauce, topped with meat with onions or cheese. Widespread and not expensive.

Other delicacies:

-The country has countless cheese, but the most popular are the beyaz peynir, of the family of feta, and the kaþar peynir (a bit like gouda).

-The pastries can be eaten at any time, but not necessarily after the meal. The most known Baklava: laminated with walnuts or pistachios and soaked in sugar syrup.

-The true yoghurt is Turkish. He accompanies meats and dishes, so often replaces the sauces. You eat it rather salty-> one has tasted several times, we like it

Drinks

-The coffee : these are the Ottomans who gave Europe the taste of the coffee. Turkish coffee is cooked with the marc and sugar, and should build to boil at least three times--> You get used to the Turkish coffee, and we think it's rather good!

-The the : national drink! It is a black tea, traditionally prepared in a double teapot with water at the bottom and the top, even if the tea bag is gaining ground. Served in small glasses to col. -> They offer us tea for all occasions, and at any time of the day.

Geography

The Turkey is one of the only countries in the world Straddling two continents.

The European part of the Turkey represents only 3% of the national territory.

However, links with Europe are many: the Turkey is a member of NATO. Since 1995, it is part of the European Customs Union; and in 2005 opened the negotiations for accession to the European Union.

The country has a common borders with: the in Greece and the Bulgaria side Europe; Georgia, the Armenia, the Iran, Iraq, the Syria.

Sport

The foot is almost a religion for the Turks! Every great victory, national or international, gives rise to explosions of General joy. Boats give the siren, motorists honk at everything goes and everyone ends up in the street, flag in hand.

Nature and adventure: Sea, mountains, forests and plateaus, crossed by numerous rivers allow a multitude of outdoor activities: hiking, cruises, windsurfing, catamaran, diving, rafting, sea kayaking, canyoning, horse riding, paragliding, golf and, in winter, skiing and snowshoeing.

Pleasure boats: The Turkish side is exceptional for boating

Thanks to du Routard for the Info!

Some impressions about the country

-THEHome people is really great! We have been hosted twice at people who offered us more dinner and breakfast, hazelnuts, sweets, cakes when it moved again.

-The English level of young people is really not top (except in Istanbul). It is difficult to hold a conversation without dictionary or google translate. Yet they have English classroom courses...

-The WiFi : little bars are equipped with even in Istanbul! It contrasts with the Albania where even in the villages were trouble-free Internet connection.

-Finding of thewater : little fountains, is made with faucets bars or homes where we are going (sometimes it is filtered, in doubt). Many Turks seem to rather drink bottled water.