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article imagePhoto Essay: Places in Turkey Special

By Lonna Lisa Williams     Dec 28, 2012 in Travel
For nearly two years I have lived in Turkey and traveled from the north to the west to the south, taking unusual photos: a palace in Istanbul, a ferry at Izmir, a Black Sea storm, a castle by the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy my favorite places in Turkey.
First I landed in Istanbul, a beautiful city built on hills above waterways. Famous mosques, palaces, and churches adorn the place where Asia connects Europe at the Bosporus Bridge. Pause at the central train station, ride a ferry across the shipping lanes, and stroll through rose-bordered parks.
An hour's bus ride from Istanbul is Kocaeli, an industrialized county that maintains a college town atmosphere. Walk across a bridge toward the Marmara Sea. Ride to the top of Kar Tepe mountain. Hike along pink cliffs during a storm at the Black Sea.
On the Aegean Sea, Izmir is a big city with universities and industries. Ride a ferry across the waves, walk by the waterfront, and see the famous clock tower.
In the heart of Turkey is Ankara, the capital. There you can visit Anitkabir, the tomb of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, father of the Turkish people. See the Avenue of Lions, Ataturk's personal belongings and library, battle scenes from the Turkish Republic, and a soldier on duty enclosed in glass.
Some people say that the farther south you travel in Turkey, the more beautiful it gets. Antalya, on the Mediterranean Sea, certainly supports this idea. Castle walls enclose cobbled streets, stone markets, Hadrian's Gate, restaurants, and a marina. Swimming coves are sheltered by sea rocks. Boats ferry tourists across the sea.
Not far from Antalya is Duden Waterfall where you can tour the swift river and waterfall from all angles, even from inside the cave behind the cascades.
In Alanya, to the east of Antalya, a castle on a hill overlooks the sea, town, and harbor. You can ride up the hill and see amazing views along the way, traditional markets, and cafes. Below Castle Hills is famous Kleopatra Beach.
These are only a few places in Turkey. Someday I hope to travel around the central, northeast, and eastern areas. Plan a visit yourself and discover the places you like.
You can see more travel adventures on my Blog, Facebook, Youtube, and my books.
A view of Istanbul from Bogazici University  showing the town of Bebek by the water and the Bosporus...
A view of Istanbul from Bogazici University, showing the town of Bebek by the water and the Bosporus that joins Europe and Asia
Across from the Blue Mosque is Aya Sofya  the famous Sixth Century church that was later converted t...
Across from the Blue Mosque is Aya Sofya, the famous Sixth Century church that was later converted to a mosque and is now a museum
Not far from Topkapi Palace  the Blue Mosque rises above a park
Not far from Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque rises above a park
Ride the ferry past famous Hydarpasha Train Station
Ride the ferry past famous Hydarpasha Train Station
View of the Istanbul skyline with Galata Tower  as seen from a ferry crossing from the Asian to the ...
View of the Istanbul skyline with Galata Tower, as seen from a ferry crossing from the Asian to the European side
A student walks through the gates of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul
A student walks through the gates of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul
A modern-style Izmit bridge crosses over busy highways toward the Marmara Sea
A modern-style Izmit bridge crosses over busy highways toward the Marmara Sea
Some traditional fishing boats are harbored near a navy ship in the Marmara Sea
Some traditional fishing boats are harbored near a navy ship in the Marmara Sea
A staircase rises toward the light in the busy shopping district of Izmit  Kocaeli
A staircase rises toward the light in the busy shopping district of Izmit, Kocaeli
The Kar Tepe mountain ski resort in Kocaeli in September
The Kar Tepe mountain ski resort in Kocaeli in September
The alpine-like cafe at Greenpark Hotel on Kar Tepe mountain
The alpine-like cafe at Greenpark Hotel on Kar Tepe mountain
Sunlight shines through the misty forest of Kar Tepe mountain
Sunlight shines through the misty forest of Kar Tepe mountain
Pink Rocks rise above a stormy Black Sea
Pink Rocks rise above a stormy Black Sea
A distant island beyond the stormy Black Sea cove at Kandira
A distant island beyond the stormy Black Sea cove at Kandira
Walk along the seaside park in Izmir  toward the Aegean ferry
Walk along the seaside park in Izmir, toward the Aegean ferry
The famous old clock tower in Izmir s plaza
The famous old clock tower in Izmir's plaza
Anitkabir  the memorial and tomb of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara
Anitkabir, the memorial and tomb of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara
Lion s Way stretches toward Ataturk s tomb
Lion's Way stretches toward Ataturk's tomb
A live soldier stands inside his glass post
A live soldier stands inside his glass post
Lights inside Ataturk s tomb
Lights inside Ataturk's tomb
An overview of Kaleici  the castle walls enclosing the old city and harbor of Antalya
An overview of Kaleici, the castle walls enclosing the old city and harbor of Antalya
Traditional Turkish markets also sell modern goods in the Old Castle section of Antalya
Traditional Turkish markets also sell modern goods in the Old Castle section of Antalya
A man lounges next to Hadrian s Gate  a Roman archway
A man lounges next to Hadrian's Gate, a Roman archway
I restaurant atop the castle walls overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and mountains
I restaurant atop the castle walls overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and mountains
Below the restaurant  a swimming cove nestles among rocks and castle walls
Below the restaurant, a swimming cove nestles among rocks and castle walls
A yacht takes tourists for a ride on the Mediterranean Sea
A yacht takes tourists for a ride on the Mediterranean Sea
People walk on a pathway around Duden Waterfall
People walk on a pathway around Duden Waterfall
Looking at the waterfall from the cave behind it
Looking at the waterfall from the cave behind it
Duden Waterfall as the sun sets
Duden Waterfall as the sun sets
View of Alanya harbor from Castle Hill
View of Alanya harbor from Castle Hill
Castle above the sea
Castle above the sea
Castle walls and cyprus trees by the Mediterranean Sea
Castle walls and cyprus trees by the Mediterranean Sea
The swimming cove at the bottom of Castle Hill
The swimming cove at the bottom of Castle Hill
Castle Hill view from Kleopatra Beach
Castle Hill view from Kleopatra Beach
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