Turkey: Where the old and new meet to create a modern way of life

A country dyed in rich culture and history and laid out beautifully in the garden of modern living, Turkey is a place that celebrates its glorious past and embraces its role in modern human affairs.

Straddling two continents, this country of beautiful hearts offers the traveler the chance experience the antiquity of the East and contemporary of the West all in one place. Turkey awaits the curious and adventurous.

Given that the use of traveling, according to Samuel Johnson, is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are, Ghanaians have the opportunity to experience this 10, 000 year old civilization by purchasing discounted tickets in the ongoing Turkish Airlines FlyFest Promo.

For the adventurer, lover of ancient and medieval culture, living and evidence of same, Turkey is replete with spell-bound remains of past civilizations, beautifully intricate landforms worth exploring by land, water or in a hot air balloon.

The country’s history dates back to the Anatolian civilizations and more recently the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest and longest lasting Empires in history. It was founded in 1299, and lasted 664 years until its collapse in 1923. The Republic of Turkey was founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923.

Turkey is situated on two continents, 3% in Europe (Thrace) and the remainder of the landmass, including Anatolia, in Asia and Istanbul is the only city in the world straddled on two continents, separated by the Bosphorus strait, which runs from the Black Sea through Istanbul and into the inland Sea of Marmara which flows through the Dardanelles and out to the Aegean.

Turkish lifestyle is a vivid mosaic, juxtaposing the West and the East, the modern and the ancient. Also life in Turkey is a rich variety of cultures and traditions. Any visitor to Turkey will find a great place that is exotic and much warm, friendly and reassuringly familiar. Modern Turkey has a little of everything. It is made up of bustling cosmopolitan centers, farming villages, beautiful Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Sea coastlines, and steep mountain regions. More than 70% of Turkish people lives in urban areas. Western lifestyles and traditional ways of life coexist.

For fashion lovers, traditional clothing forms a part of Turkish traditional culture. In the past the Turks would weave their own clothing and make dyes from natural plant ingredients, in a way that reflected their feelings in the designs they created. Today, Females are wearing short dresses, maxi style dresses, shorts, miniskirts, skirts, and many different types of trousers. Flip flops, sandals and flats are the preferred shoe styles.

Hats are worn for protection from the sun and the big bag is very popular because you can get tons of stuff in it like sunscreen and camera. Stripes, prints, florals, and polka dots are all over the fashions and Turkish women love color, ruffles, and shine.

Turkish made, European standard
In commercial city Istanbul, Ghanaian travelers can chose from the best of modern fashionable clothes, handmade shoes, machinery and building accessories at very affordable prices.
The cedi is relatively at par with the Turkish Lira. As at February 27, 2019, the Lira was trading at 1.04 to the cedi.

This indeed, presents a great opportunity for traders to travel to Turkey, buy highly finished quality European standard Turkish clothing for retail on the Ghanaian market. To put this in perspective, a stylish handmade leather shoe that costs 80 Lira is equivalent to GHC 83.2. Such leather shoes are retailed in Ghana for close to GHC 350.

How to get there-FlyFest Promo
Under the Turkish Airlines FlyFest promotion, passengers are to book their tickets between Jan 20 and Mar 31, 2019 for travel before May 31, 2019.
The offer by the Istanbul-based airline, which flies to more destinations than any other airline, is an opportunity for Ghanaian passengers to explore the world at a discounted price.

The airline’s vast network in Africa makes it the carrier of choice for passengers seeking a great travelling experience at a competitive price. With most Africa Destinations within six hours of its hub, it is an ideal destination for connecting flight to all parts of the world.

Round trip tickets with the best prices departing other African countries are available at mobile website, mobile application or at the authorized travel agencies.

By: Dominic Andoh
Aviation Ghana

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