The West End Branch Library kicked off its series of informal travel talks on January 6 with a presentation on Turkey. The “armchair travel talks” will continue to be held on the first Thursday of each month through June and begin at 7 p.m.
Earlier this month, library visitors were treated to an assortment of historical and cultural information shared by Omer Karacaylak, a professional tour guide, and some delicious home-made Turkish treats prepared by Nurgun Karacaylak, his wife.
Turkey, known officially as the Republic of Turkey, is a Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula in western Asia and Thrace in the Balkan region of southeastern Europe, Karacaylak explained. “It’s really at the juncture of three continents — Europe, Asia and Africa,” he said, “and that means it isn’t easy to describe.”
Karacaylak shared photos, maps and videos highlighting the country’s rich geography, history and culture with about two dozen guests. He described Greece and Roman ruins that are popular tourist spots, as well as religious sites with important significance to Muslims and Christians.
The library’s next talk will focus on China.