Turkey Dos and Don'ts

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Yalikavak, Aegean Region, Turkey
It could be that I was there in March, but Yalikavak was dullsville. The beach was nothing special, the shops that were opened seemed to be dominated by tourist-baiting trinketry, and locals seemed less approachable and friendly than anywhere else in Turkey (a country that is arguably one of the friendliest on earth...at least the citizenry is, anyway). It might be worth a stop if you're lazing a few days away on the Bodrum peninsula, but I was more taken with the scenery of the tiny village of Gumusluk.
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Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey
One of the best shopping deals in Istanbul, is the elastic waistband cotton pant. Buy them on the street. You will find several vendors down in the harbor where the tourboats leave from. Go down in the tunnels that allow you to avoid crossing the busy roads. I have found one vendor there who sold me pants for $5 a pair because I kept on bargaining and kept on adding to the number I was going to buy. Hey, the fold really flat and they make GREAT gifts. I ended up with 20 pair and he make a week's worth of sales in less than an hour.
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Akdamar Adasi, Eastern Anatolia, Turkey
The Island of Aghtamar is a jewel within Lake Van in southeastern Turkey. It houses the 10th century Church of the Holy Cross, an Armenian architectual masterpiece that is emblazened with bas relief sculptures of Old Testament scenes on the outside and frescoes of New Testament scenes within. The only way to get to the island is by local boat that can be hired about 800 meters past the outer limits of the town of Gavas on the southeastern coast of the lake, about a 45-minute drive from the city of Van. The Church has recently been "renovated," though experts question the authenticity of the renovation, or the actual need thereof and wonder if the move was a political one to show the European Union that Turkey is serious about promoting the history of its minorities. Nevertheless, the island boasts a large and prominent Turkish flag, the surrounding mountains on the shore of the lake have an enourmous Turkish flag burned into the grass and the church's cross was removed during the restoration.
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Istanbul, Marmara Region, Turkey
Great restaurants/clubs in Istanbul:
Reina (http://www.reina.com.tr/) 360 (http://www.360istanbul.com/) Anjelique (http://www.istanbuldoors.com/en/)

Good food, great music, beautiful people, incredible view!
Check it out...
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Goreme, Central Anatolia, Turkey
Everyone must see Cappadocia if in Turkey. It is unlike anything I have yet to see on this Earth, an entirely surreal vista
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