A Turkish Delight

In October 2014, Georgia and I had the pleasure of participating in a tour by National Geographic Expeditions. It was a wonderful opportunity to photograph the people, architecture, and landscapes of Turkey. The accommodations and presentations were excellent.

Turkey is a country bridging Europe and Asia. It shares borders with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; the Black Sea to the north; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Iran to the east; Iraq to the southeast; Syria and the Mediterranean Sea south; and the Aegean Sea to the west. Turks form the vast majority of the nation's population, and Kurds are the largest minority. Turkey's capital is Ankara, while its largest city and financial center is Istanbul.

Turkey is a regional power and a newly industrialized country with a geopolitically strategic location. Its economy, classified among the emerging and growth-leading economies, is the twentieth-largest in the world by nominal GDP and the eleventh-largest by PPP. It is a charter member of the United Nations, an early member of NATO, the IMF, and the World Bank, and a founding member of the OECD, OSCE, BSEC, OIC, and G20. After becoming one of the early members of the Council of Europe in 1950, Turkey became an associate member of the EEC in 1963, joined the EU Customs Union in 1995, and started accession negotiations with the European Union in 2005.

I want to thank John Batdorff and Staci Prince of johnbatdorff.com for their curating, Lightroom, and website assistance.

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