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  •  I've been to Turkey a lot. I used to (6+ / 0-)

    go 2x/year for about 8 weeks.  So, I know the country well, especially the awesome beaches.  But, the nightlife, food, shopping are also great.  I go there cuz I'm a history buff.  The country has ruins like ever half hour in every direction.  It's crazy.  Also, like Bill Gates, I share a love of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient cities in Europe.  Who doesn't want to walk where Alexander the Great and the Apostle John walked?

    But, my favorite place is five minutes away up a hill from there, a little town called "Sirince".  You can literally walk around there all day and drink their wines for free.  They have almost a hundred little wine shops that give you free tasting glasses of wine.  It's so beautiful and romantic.  Also, the home where Jesus' mother, Mary, lived after the crucifiction is about 15 minutes away.  Bodrum, a resort town with many bays is also fun.  

    Of course, Istanbul is amazing.  I love the Swissotel there and also Topkapi palace.  You can feel the history in its streets.

    My list would be US, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Nevis, St Kitts, Jamaica, St. Maarten, St. Barts, Anguilla, Dominican Republic (yuck), France, Spain, Italy, England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Andorra, Portugal, Turkey, Germany and Morocco.

    One of my favorite places to visit is Belize because you can go into Guatemala for the day and visit Tikal, the capitol of the Mayan empire in it's height.  They have many great pyramids there, much better than Chichen Itza, IMHO.

    •  my 20-year old daughter is (3+ / 0-)
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      studying abroad in Istanbul as I type. Turkey had never been on her radar, but the classes she's taking at Koc University will fit in her major-- i believe it will be a serendipitous choice-- it looks like an amazing city!
      we told her that if she attended a public college, we could afford to send her to at least one study abroad opportunity, so i'm glad this is turning out to be a value she holds.

      we visited Winnipeg this summer to look at colleges for my younger daughter (MN has reciprocity with Manitoba-- who knew?)! if she decides on U of Manitoba, it will cost us HALF of what it is costing us to send her sister to UW-Madison.

      I back-packed for a month in Scotland, England, Wales, France, & Germany when I was in college, in the days when you really could travel there on $10 a day. We slept in hostels, on trains, in bed & breakfasts, on the living room floors of people we met, in parks, and in graveyards.

      my brother-in-law lived in Belgium for a few years, so we visited him in 2008, and drove to Amsterdam, took the train to Paris for a week (oh, the art, the art, the art!), and flew to Italy. Venice was a highlight for me; the quality of light from all the water is amazing. I will certainly try to learn a little Italian if I ever return.

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