As a fellow pariah, I enjoyed the letter from R. W. de Vries about smoking in Europe (June 11), especially in France. There is an even better place for smokers. In Turkey it seems one is always offered a cigarette, together with the inevitable glass of tea, as one of the many gestures of friendship and hospitality.
And on domestic flights in Turkey, there is no such thing as a no-smoking section. Hooray--this will keep most Americans out of Turkey and it is one of the few places left abroad where one can have a wonderful holiday for very little money and without running into a lot of other visitors.
Turkey, a loyal ally of this country, perpetually gets a bum rap from the media here, but its greatest asset as a tourist destination, especially for a woman who travels alone as I do, is that it is perfectly safe.