Op-ed: If you look at the British Foreign office website it appears it is still fairly safe to visit Turkey.
This is what it says Wednesday:
"20 July 2016 Latest update: Summary - updated information and advice about the situation in Turkey following an attempted coup overnight on 15-16 July; in Istanbul and Ankara you should be vigilant, particularly in areas where crowds may gather, and stay well away from any demonstrations; security operations continue in some parts of the country."
If you are a British citizen due to take a vacation in Turkey any time soon keep up to date with the latest news from the foreign office.
Today I encountered a neighbour who has owned an apartment in Turkey for some years and used to regularly visit. Months ago she told me the atmosphere had changed and local children were swearing at her and other British visitors saying f**k off English.
An elderly lady she and her husband had decided to sell the property but wondered how saleable it would be.
Well the property is sold and the proceeds in her bank account but not out of Turkey yet.
The property, which is not in a resort area, was bought by locals.
Turkey experienced a booming tourist industry on the back of the global economic crisis of 2008 and the fluctuating value of the Euro.
We visited in the 90's and although it is a beautiful country with much to offer the visitor we have never returned.
Our resort was over commercialised and our hotel terrible.
However we found the Turkish people we encountered warm and friendly and dining out etc. was cheap.
If Turkey falls off the British holiday destination list the country and its people will be hard hit.
As each country experiences problems, such as the Tunisian beach resort attack June 2015, tourists stay away.
That in turn adds to the problems of the country as the economy falls and unemployment rises.
At time of writing the coup last week has in some ways reinforced President Erdogan's position but some question whether it was a stage-managed event or instigated on foreign soil.
Tuesday officials in Turkey working for the President sacked 15,200 members of its Ministry of Education, and “invited” all of the country’s 1,577 university deans to resign.
Well they do say knowledge is power.
If you are visiting a Turkish resort such as Marmaris or Icmeler this week you can still cancel but you will lose your money. Travel companies in the UK will only refund your money if and when the Foreign Office advises against travel to Turkey.
Until that time you are left high and dry and on your own!
March 2016 - Brutal attack on freedom of the press Turkey