Well, one of the places we have visited that surprised us the most was Turkey.
Why? We had heard from a number of people how much they had enjoyed going to Turkey but still really didn’t know what to expect. Although, we felt that we had a lot of differences in our cultures, we also found every single person we met and spoke to very friendly and warmly welcoming. In fact, some of the stories we were told about Ataturk (the 1st President of the Republic of Turkey), made us realize that the Turkish people are an immensely proud people and we were touched emotionally when told stories of the Australian landings at Gallipoli during World War I. Astonishingly, having been invaded by Australia at what is now known as Anzac Cove, the Turkish people we met showed a deep caring for the ‘diggers’ that have been interred on Turkish home soil.
The experience of visiting Turkey must be even more incredible if the trip is made on Anzac Day for the Anzac Day memorial services.
For those that are not familiar with the Gallipoli campaign during World War I, do some small amount of research and it will enrich your visit to this great country. We found that Americans, generally, did not know of this event during WWI.
Did we feel safe there? Yes, absolutely!
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