I love my Turkey with all the trimmings and still like to get stuck in well after Christmas.
And the new year is when we’ll get back out to one of our old favourite destinations, Turkey.
Now going off on a tangent, or Turkey run, let’s revisit why the country and the fowl are interchangeable.
The story of the turkey
The turkey that we know, and scoff, is actually not the turkey that came to define the post-Ottoman Republican country to us.
That turkey is from Mexico which would make school geography schoolteachers and children’s heads turn.
Whereas the Turkey of our Europe and Asia- straddling country is actually the guinea fowl which was transported through eastern Africa to the OE.
And how it all got mangled into the word turkey is because of the similarities to the region Turcia.
It is also thought to have been passed around the courts of Europe.
With King Henry VIII said to have been the first English monarch to have eaten turkey.
Department of Turkey
That’s all something to chew on then as we digest the latest offerings from our pals at Travel Department.
Where obvs you’ll explore the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and go shopping for Turkish treats (and cats) in the Grand Bazaar.
I’ll always seek out war history wherever I go.
And next up is a visit to Gallipoli.
And if you were dreaming when that was taught in school then listen up to The Pogues’ And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda.
I, of course, worked like a Trojan at school, at least at history and this scribbling lark.
The joy of Troy
Which is why I’d just scoop up the half-day excursion to ancient Troy.
You’ll also discover Ephesus, an Ancient Greek city which housed the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Deal me in
Priced from €1299pp it includes flights, transfers, seven nights’ accommodation on a B&B basis and expert guides.
Departures from 12th March with a selection of dates up to 11th October 2022.
I’ll take that: Turkey with all the trimmings and put it in a kebab for me.
For more information https://www.traveldepartment.com/holiday/istanbul-ancient-turkey