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Turkey

Linking Europe and the Middle East, suspended between the new and the long-established, Turkey retains a disconcerted balance of both east and west, representing a cultural mix with many discrepancies and contradict ions. Modern city bout iques and exotic bazaars clamor for customers, the weekly tolling of church bells interrupts the daily call of the muezzin, and Roman ruins and the beginnings of Christ ianity compete for attention with the history of the Ottoman Empire and modern secularity. Most visitors concentrate on Western Turkey, with its picturesque seaside resorts along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, scenic and recreational attractions, well-preserved archaeological sites and fascinat ing museums that bring its rich history to life. Wherever one ventures in Turkey there is certain to be a warm welcome and traditional hospitality, making this a deeply satisfying corner of the world in which to travel.
Currency: The official currency is the New Turkish Lira (TRY)
Land Code: +90. City/area codes are in use, e.g. Istanbul Asya (Asia side) is (0)216 and
Istanbul Avrupa (Europe side) is (0)212
Language: Turkish is the official language, but English is widely understood in the main tourist areas
Weather: Turkey's climate is characterized by extremes, with temperatures varying great ly from season to season in the country's different regions. The Mediterranean and Aegean coasts of Turkey have very dry, hot summers, and the mild, though wet, winters occur between October and April, when the coastal towns tend to more or less shut down. Istanbul and Cappadocia canexperience very cold winters, with light snow.