Retired Military living in Turkey

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- Turkey is a paradise of sun, sea, mountains and lakes that offers travelers a complete change from the stress and routine of everyday life.

James C. Taylor, a retired United States Army major, has been taking advantage of all Turkey has to offer.

For the past eight years, the retired major and his wife have been living abroad in Sinop, Turkey.

"Turkey is the best kept secret," he said.

The major began his portrayal of Turkey with a description of its coastlines.

With more than 4,000 miles of coastline, Turkey is surrounded by sea on three sides--by the Black Sea in the north, the Mediterranean in the south, the Aegean Sea in the west and the Sea of Marmara in the northwest.

From April to October most places in Turkey have an ideal climate that is perfect for relaxing on sandy beaches or enjoying the tranquility of mountains and lakes, according to the official website of Turkish Culture and Tourism Office.

Major Taylor also stressed about the hospitality of the people in this country.

You won't find warmer, friendlier, or more loving people than in Turkey, he said.

"Turkey is paradise for a retiree who is interested in a slower pace of life," said Maj. Taylor.

In only a short time in Turkey, one can see a lot of great heritage. Turkey has a magnificent past and is full of historic treasures from 13 successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years.

Some famous landmarks of Turkey are the Blue Mosque, the ancient City of Troy, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Goreme-Cappadocia and Mount Nemrut.

Mr. Taylor does suggest one task to be completed before choosing to move to or travel to Turkey; to learn information about the culture beforehand.

"It would be difficult for two Americans to live here in Turkey without knowledge of the language, so I would recommend and suggest people learn something about the culture of Turkey before they travel here," said Mr. Taylor

With its rich archaeological heritage; the cultural, historic and artistic attractions; and the beautiful beaches, this could explain why some military members and their families decide to reside here after their retirement

For more information and facts about Turkey, visit www.tourismturkey.org. For trips and tours in Turkey, contact the 39th Force Support Squadron's Information, Tickets and Tours at 676-6049.