The Western Shores of Turkey: Discovering the Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts

The Western Shores of Turkey: Discovering the Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts

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By (author) John Freely

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  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • Format: Paperback | 405 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 34mm | 458g
  • Publication date: 4 September 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1850436185
  • ISBN 13: 9781850436188
  • Edition statement: Revised and Enlarged ed.
  • Sales rank: 196,905

Product description

The Western coast of Turkey has captivated travellers for centuries. With its dramatic mountains and idyllic bays and promontories, scattered with ancient ruins, it is not only one of the most beautiful parts of the country, but is also of great historical interest. The Western Shores of Turkey is the distillation of a succession of journeys that John Freely made along this coast - an odyssey spanning a quarter of a century. From Istanbul to Antakya (Antioch) on the Syrian border, he discovered both the charm of modern Turkey and the wonders of its past. The result is both an informative guide and a remarkable travelogue for all who follow in his footsteps.

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Author information

John Freely was born in New York and joined the US Navy at the age of seventeen, serving with a commando unit in Burma and China during the last years of World War II. He has lived in New York, Boston, London, Athens and Istanbul and has written over thirty travel books and guides, most of them about Greece and Turkey. He is author of Strolling Through Athens (also Tauris Parke Paperbacks) and the bestselling Strolling Through Istanbul.

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"'John Freely, in this highly informative book, aims to provide an informal guide to the archaeological sites and historical monuments of this beautiful part of Asia Minor...and to evoke the spirit of these places for those who are embarking upon their own odysseys...he succeeds admirably in both.' Geoffrey Page, Going Places; 'The knowledge and experience which [John Freely] has compressed into his book make it remarkably authoritative and comprehensive...the record of a journey undertaken by a man effortlessly able to convey in depth the meaning of what he sees.' Marlene Frick, The Scotsman"