Hold on to your harem pants, here are some fast facts about Turkey, where Asia meets Europe. Eight countries share the border: Greece, Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq and Iran. To the north: the Black Sea, to the south: the Mediterranean Sea, to the west: the Aegean Sea. Population is 74 million, 13 million of which live in Istanbul (known as Istanbul only since 1930). Prior names were Constantinople, Augusta Antonina and Byzantium.
|Turkish Delight, a gel based sweet with nuts
and dried fruit. Always offered as dessert.
Chocolate is rare here.
|The beautiful Blue Mosque at night.
97% of Turkey is Muslim. Calls to prayer
are broadcast over loudspeakers several times
a day, starting at the crack of dawn.
How loud? You’d swear there is a
speaker under your bed.
|Istanbul old and new – high speed train
next to a palace wall from 1465.