This is the land where Alexander the Great slashed the Gordion Knot,
where Achilles battled the Trojans in Homer’s Iliad,
and where the Ottoman Empire fought battles that would shape the world.
History buffs can immerse themselves in marvels and mementos
stretching back to the dawn of civilisation.
Then again, if you want to simply unwind,
spend an afternoon being pampered at a hamam,
or let the warm waters off the Mediterranean coast lap at your toes.
Bon vivants need look no further than İstanbul,
where the markets and bars are among the most stylish and atmospheric,
and the mod Ottoman cuisine rates as the tastiest, in the world.
Treat Turkey as that most quintessential of Turkish dishes, the meze,
a table piled high with scrumptious treats. Throw away the menu,
order a plate of everything and feast till you can’t go on.