ISTANBUL – When someone asks you to name the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “Türkiye,” it’s very unlikely that you will think of the beautiful flowers dotted around the main city of Istanbul or on stunning Büyükada, an island in the Sea of Marmara, a short ferry ride away.
You’ll probably instead think of the seemingly more impressive attractions like Hagia Sophia or the Grand Bazaar, or maybe the traditional Turkish tea and sweet treat of Turkish Delight.
But there is equal beauty to be found in the flowers. You just have to know where to look.
Flowers are deeply intricate and touch our lives with joy across the world. They sometimes grow for years on end, weaving their way through families and history.
The flowers blooming throughout Turkey are just as much a testament to the country’s rich history and beauty as any other tourist site.
Nargis Barbar is a Reporter with Youth Journalism International from Sweden.
Holly Hostettler-Davies is a Senior Correspondent with Youth Journalism International from Wales.