Turkey is the land where East meets West, where history dances with the present, and where natural wonders beckon at every corner. I’m thrilled to take you on a virtual voyage as we explore Turkey.
I went on a short visit through Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya and Bodrum. Exploring some smaller towns on the way. Through my Turkey blogs you’ll find the mini guides that will help you plan your Turkey break beyond the cities I travelled to.
So go ahead, explore Turkey through my Words!
Best Books to Read Before Visiting Turkey
The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
A thought-provoking novel that weaves together the stories of two families, one in Istanbul and one in Arizona, and explores themes of identity, heritage, and cultural clashes. Shafak’s writing is rich and immersive, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Turkish literature and the complex dynamics of modern Istanbul.
Atatürk: The Biography of the Founder of Modern Turkey by Andrew Mango
This is a comprehensive and well-researched biography of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the visionary leader who shaped modern Turkey. Mango’s biography provides a deep understanding of Atatürk’s life and his significant contributions to the transformation of Turkey into a modern, secular nation. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in Turkish history and the legacy of Atatürk.
My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
A mesmerizing historical novel that takes place in 16th-century Istanbul. The book explores the world of Ottoman miniature painters and their artistic struggles, while also delving into themes of love and identity. Pamuk’s writing is lush and poetic, making this book a must-read for those interested in Turkish literature and art history.
Turkish Delights by Philippa Scott
This book is a delightful memoir that provides a glimpse into the author’s experiences as a British woman living in Turkey. Scott’s writing is charming and humorous, offering insights into the quirks and beauty of Turkish culture and daily life. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in travel literature and the joys of living in Turkey.