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An annonymous user claims the following destinations do not exist. I disagree. I have used the English names I know these places by. They may be known by something else in Turkey, but the English speaking world seems to use the names I have used. -- Huttite 19:41, 4 Jun 2004 (EDT)

too many cities!

In my opinion, theres far too many cities in the other cities part that someone has put in the cities section. Most of these don't actually have pages, and it's far too confusing! It serves no purpose just to have a list with no description in a travel guide!

I have gone ahead and linked them all to pages, but we should cut these down to a list of the best/most interesting cities in Turkey. I would do this, but I have precisely no knowledge of Turkey, so if someone knows which of these smaller cities are worthy of a link then please put them in the cities section and we can delete the others. TSandell 19:19 3/3/06

We should indeed cut them down to around 5-10 cities. We should find places for the other cities that don't make the cut. Thanks for getting this started. --Evan 14:26, 3 March 2006 (EST)
As no one has edited the list (I proposed it 2 weeks ago), I have taken the initiative and deleted the whole list. I've put the links to the cities which actually had pages in their respective region articles. I'm figuring that when people make decent pages, they'll just put a link to them back up on the Turkey page.
Here's the original list of cities:

Adana, Adiyaman, Afyon, Agri, Aksaray, Amasya, Antalya, Ardahan, Artvin, Aydin, Balikesir, Bartin, Batman, Bayburt, Bilecik, Bingol, Bitlis, Bolu, Burdur, Bursa, Canakkale, Cankiri, Corum, Denizli, Diyarbakir, Duzce, Edirne, Elazig, Erzincan, Erzurum, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Giresun, Gumushane, Hakkari, Hatay, Icel, Igdir, Isparta, Kahramanmaras, Karabuk, Karaman, Kars, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Kilis, Kirikkale, Kirklareli, Kirsehir, Kocaeli, Konya, Kutahya, Malatya, Manisa, Mardin, Mugla, Mus, Nevsehir, Nigde, Ordu, Osmaniye, Rize, Sakarya, Samsun, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sinop, Sirnak, Sivas, Tekirdag, Tokat, Trabzon, Tunceli, Usak, Van, Yalova, Yozgat, Zonguldak

If anyone disagrees with this edit, revert it back and let me know why!Tsandell 15:26, 19 March 2006 (EST)
I think what you did was just fine, except some of the cites are now orphaned. They have infomation on them, but have nothing linked to them. They should be listed on the Region pages, sub-regions or maybe other city pages, but I am not sure I know where to put them. Thank you for your edits. -- Tom Holland (xltel) 15:44, 19 March 2006 (EST)
No problem! I've sorted the orphaned pages Tsandell 17:47, 19 March 2006 (EST)

baghdad and tehran by train?

no way there's a train to baghdad or tehran from anywhere in turkey...there used to be to Syria and Jordan and perhaps Tehran, though I don't even think there is a railroad between Turkey and Iraq. Also, given the bitter history between Armenia and Turkey from many years past, I doubt there'd ever be rail service (passenger or freight even) for quite some time. The only foreign destinations from Turkey now include Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania (as far as Bucharest), with onward services from there to Budapest and thus the EU.

To anonymous above: that's not what the Turkish Railways website says. Could it be outdated then? Ricardo (Rmx) 15:39, 19 March 2006 (EST)
Well, not concerning Iran; I met a guy in Istanbul who took a train from Iran, had to cross lake Van Gölü by ferry, and enter Turkey with the next train -- 12:55, 29 August 2006 (EDT)

Bus comfort

I'm translating parts of this article into Portuguese and came across the Get around/by bus section, which says "ask for the number of seats in the buses you compare. Roughly, a larger capacity implies a greater comfort." It's normally otherwise - a smaller capacity (less seats) usually means more leg room, therefore greater comfort. Or is it about bus sizes? Can someone please clarify? Thanks, Ricardo (Rmx) 09:26, 29 March 2006 (EST)

I have edited the page to answer your question. What the seat number implies is you are getting a large, comfortable bus, possibly with an attendent who will offer tea, coffee and snacks, rather than sitting in the back of a bumpy Dolmus.

Ramadan in Turkey ...

Hi, this year Ramadan will start september the 24th, meaning ın about three days - should there be some kinda travel advice on Ramadan somewhere ie. on all islamic/arabic country pages a link to an page with travel infos on Ramadan? freeflo

Thanks for the warning. Please feel free to note that on the Understand section of the article, where that kind of information fits best. --Ricardo (Rmx) 22:00, 21 September 2006 (EDT)
I've added the {{ramadandates}} box, which is meant precisely for this kind of thing. Local info on how it's celebrated in Turkey should be added though, the details vary quite a bit from country to country. Jpatokal 11:27, 23 September 2006 (EDT)
Hi, in the text, it was said that the most important holiday is the Ramadan Holiday. As a Turkish citizen, I personally do not believe so. Would you please tell me what is the reason that such sentence is added here? Thanks 16:42, 22 January 2007 (EST).

on Respect section

Pretty good article, and it looks like a Turk has written it. But "resting your hands on your hips" advice does not make any sense to me. I'm Turkish and never felt like that. Anyways good information for foreign people. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs) 17:42, 1 December 2006


Can someone give me an indication of the prices of living in Turkey? What does an average person spend on shopping in a month? What does, for example, a bottle of (real) Coca-Cola cost? What does a falafel (they eat that there?) on the street cost? I urgently need to know this information for someone else. If somebody knows more about this, please write it in the article also! --Daniel575 16:59, 4 January 2007 (EST)

Yesterday I went for shopping to a supermarket in Istanbul and a real Coca Cola in a 1-litre PET bottle was 1.19 YTL (less than US$ 1.00), so I decided to buy a Turkish-brand soda in a 1.5-litre PET bottle which was 1.20 YTL, and no, Turks don't eat falafel, most of them don't have any idea about what it is (except those living in the areas near the Syrian border probably), but 5.00 YTL (about US$ 3.00-3.50) should be enough to appease your hunger, plus a soft drink in a cheap restaurant (though restaurants owned by American-origin fast food chains are much more expensive). -- 12:57, 10 January 2007 (EST)

Who's your daddy?

Should we include Turkey in Mediterranean Europe or the Middle East? It's been on both pages at times, and is partially on the map for Med Europe, but that's not very traveler friendly. So let's make a decision on where we should put it, in whole. I would lean towards Middle East, but if it gets accepted into the European Union, then... – cacahuate talk 02:58, 19 April 2007 (EDT)

It would be silly for either Mediterranean Europe or the Middle East not to include Turkey; both should definitely link to it. I suppose Turkey can only have one isIn tag, though, so we have to choose. I'd go for Middle East, but that is somewhat arbitrary and not something I feel strongly about. Pashley 03:44, 19 April 2007 (EDT)
I just changed the isIn to Middle East for now, I think it swings a little more that way. If someone objects, let us know here! – cacahuate talk 17:44, 19 April 2007 (EDT)
The big disadvantage to changing Turkey's breadcrumb to the Middle East is that there will be an unending line of anonymous Turkish users who will put it back into Europe for mildly political reasons. For that reason alone, I would suggest putting it back into Mediterranean Europe--it will save time and won't needlessly offend anyone. But another good reason is that while the biggest chunk of Turkey is Asian, the most popular destinations for the traveler are decidedly European. While personally I'd rather hang out in Middle Eastern Kars or Van, most head to the very European Istanbul and to the very Mediterranean beach resorts... on the Mediterranean. Or, for that matter, they go to see the Greek ruins. --Peterfitzgerald Talk 17:39, 20 April 2007 (EDT)

hi Dear cacahuate please visit to Eu offical( web site and ( UN Regional Groups/WEOG/europe or nato in europe,please learn to hisory of ottoman empire(Turkey) and please dont edit Turkish stuited in europe,i am sure u know europe is not continent,europe is historical and cultural continent u can visit Council of Europe oficial web ( Turkey is member of Council of Europe since 09.08.1949 if its not enough for u please contect with Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey,European Council or with me

Good point(s) indeed, Mr Fitzgerald... I won't argue against that... – cacahuate talk 02:32, 21 April 2007 (EDT)