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Last Minute Tips Before you Travel to Turkey

Guest Author - Teresa Szefler


  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC +2 (Eastern European Time)
  • Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz (bring an adapter/transformer for your hair drier, laptop, cellullar phone etc.)
  • Weights & measures: Metric
  • Currency: New Turkish Lira (YTL)
  • Country Dialing Code: 90

Turkish Basic Words
Yes = Evet (eh-VEHT)
No = hayır (HAH-yuhr)
Thanks = Teşekkürler. Sağ ol. Mersi. (teh-sheh-kewr-LEHR SOWL. mehr-SEE)
You're welcome = Bir şey değil (beer SHEHY deh-YEEL)
Please = Lütfen (LEWT-fehn)
Hello = Merhaba (MEHR-hah-bah)
Goodbye = Allaha ısmarladık (ah-LAHS-mahr-lah-duhk )
Good morning = Günaydın (gew-nahy-DUHN)
Good evening = İyi akşamlar (EE ahk-shahm-LAHR)
Good night = İyi geceler (EE geh-jeh-LEHR )
Water = Su (SOO)
Coffee = car ve (kahve )
Tea = Çay (CHAH-yee)
Ice = Booz (buz)
Where is the bathroom? - Tuvalet nerede? (too-vah-LEHT NEH-reh-deh)
What is your name? - Adınız ne? (AH-duh-NUHZ neh)
How are you? - Nasılsınız? (NAHS-suhl-suh-nuhz)
I'm fine, thank you - İyiyim, teşekkür ederim (ee-YEE-yihm, tesh-ek-KEWR)
Open – açık (ah-CHUHKMoney)
Closed – kapalı (kah-pah-LUH)
Money – Para (PAH-rah)

Some Turkish Dishes
Shish Kebab - lamb grilled over charcoal
Döner Kebab - roll of lamb on a vertical skewer turning parallel to a hot grill
Dolma- vegetables as grape leaves, cabbage leaves, and green peppers stuffed with spiced rice
Pilav - rice dish

Must See - Properties on UNESCO World Heritage List by
-Historic Areas of Istanbul
-Göreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia
-Great Mosque and Hospital of Divrigi
-Hattusha
-Nemrut Dag
-Xanthos-Letoon
-Hierapolis-Pamukkale
-City of Safranbolu
-Archaeological Site of Troy

Renting directly from the owners assures very personal attention that the hotels are not able to provide. Please check http://www.exchangezones.com for rentals in Turkey

Also check:
Istanbul - City with Byzantium Flavor



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