We are not in Europe anymore. This is Asia Minor, in the New Testament and Anatolia in the Ottoman days. The people are Anatolian. You wouldn't see this in Istanbul, being a European city. The people in Anatolia are much more interesting and their culture much more pronounced. Initially I had only planned to go to Istanbul but after seeing pictures of Cappadocia, I had to venture further into Anatolia and added Ephesus and Cappadocia into the itinerary and I'm glad I did. Most people would include the Western coast also. I live near the Pacific Ocean and so beaches are not my thing.