With all our wandering, we met many wonderful people. Most were store owners with often very creative tactics to get us to come in and buy things. While we often just kept going, it was nice to be greeted with smiles and happy faces everywhere we went! In some shops, we would even get invited to stay for tea. Turkish people are very generous and often called us their guests. They said if we drank tea together, we would become friends. So, several times we had tea with the shop owners and learned about their lives and families. It was a treat for me, as often when traveling it is hard to get meet (let alone get to know) residents of a city, so I feel like I got a true feel of Turkish culture through these many conversations.
A week in Turkey was hardly enough to see everything, but I feel I got a good sense of the culture and the sights of the country in just my brief stay. I must return, as there is so much more to see and do!
|View from our rooftop terrace at the hotel|