Traveling with a child/children
They'll be smothered with love!
Here are some kid-friendly destinations:
—Istanbul, with its castles, palaces, and ferryboats
—Cappadocia, a fairyland
of rock pinnacles, caves and even real labyrinths,
not to mention hot-air balloon
—Bodrum, with a real Crusader
castle and lots of gulet sailing
yachts for cruises and swimming
—Any of Turkey's beautiful beaches
Everyone in Turkey will do their
best to help with any challenges to travel
with a child (çocuk, choh-JOOK)
or children (çocuklar, choh-jook-LAHR).
I'd recommend daily yogurt for
digestion if your child has no sensitivity
to milk products. Here's info
on food allergies.
If you need medical help,
ask for a doktor specializing
in çocuk hastalıkları (choh-JOOK
hass-tah-luk-lah-ruh, pediatric illness).
Virtually all hotels, large and small,
can accommodate children of any age
in cribs, cots or rollaway beds.
Many lodgings have several family-friendly
rooms with one large double
bed and one single bed. Family
also becoming popular: adjoining
bedrooms with kitchenette and perhaps
two bathrooms. Here's
When you travel as a family, ask specifically
about family-friendly sleeping arrangements.
A family suite may be more comfortable,
and may cost no more than
two separate guest rooms.
Disposable diapers (bebek
bezi) are easy to find in pharmacies (eczane),
grocery shops (bakkal) and supermarkets.
a prominent brand.
Look in the same
places for jars of baby food.
Hotels may be helpful in preparing
simple cereals, pureéd fruits and vegetables.
Ultra-pasteurized milk is sold in every
local grocery shop (bakkal).
Public toilets rarely have changing
tables (as in the USA), so you may
have to improvise, but Turks will go
out of their way to help in any situation.
Cities have a few playgrounds,
but they may not be convenient to
where you're staying. Still, ask
about çocuk bahçesi (cho-JOOK
bahh-cheh-see, "child[ren]'s garden").
School children will find lots to entertain
them: fortresses to
explore, towers to
climb, ferryboats to
cruise on, lots of fine beaches, trams, sleeper
trains, a few cable cars, palaces,
cisterns (even whole underground
cities), and—perhaps the
balloon flights straight out of
the Wizard of Oz.
Besides the attractions listed above,
teenagers may be interested in Turkey's
excellent windsurfing opportunities,
and the various historical and archeological