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Hamam Visit Etiquette

Hamam Visit Etiquette or A Visit to the Hamam many thanks to the author: sarıkanarya on the ThornTree Lonely Planet Forum. Turkish baths, the traditional hamam, were an integral part of life for many hundreds of years in Turkey. Not … Continue reading

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Driving A Car In Turkey

Driving a car in Turkey is not difficult if you are already an experienced driver. However, there are things in Turkey which are different. Before you rent or drive a car in Turkey, here are some suggestions and warnings.

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Lycian Way Trail on the Med Coast of Turkey

The information on this page has been gathered from members of the Lonely Planet Thorntree Forum on Turkey, regional contacts and Kaş colleagues who have walked the trail and have shown they have experience with the Lycian Way Trail on … Continue reading

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Kayaköy “Ghost Town”

We Hobbits visited a place called Kayaköy (Kaya Village) and which some call Kayaköy “Ghost Town”. This village on the Lycian Coast near Fethiye was abandoned after the 1923 exchange of population between Greek Muslims and Ottoman (Greek) Orthodox Christians … Continue reading

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Divine Plan – Lapham’s Quarterly

I found this article called  Divine Plan – Lapham’s Quarterly. We used to live in Istanbul, which, before 1453, was called Constantinople. After Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquered the city it “ brought to a head many trends already under way. One … Continue reading

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Visa, not the credit card kind

On September 04, I renewed my visa and it was quite an interesting experience.

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Creative smokin’! (Beware it can also kill)

Turkish smokers are frequently clever and resourceful at avoiding the new nationwide smoking ban. For example take a look at this article which states in part:“Turks, including café owners, understand the reasoning behind it and support it, some have devised … Continue reading

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A “typical” day in Turkey?

Here was how our day went down on Friday, June 5, 2009, a day to go down in our little history of infamy. We were three days away from moving…

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Demonstrations in Turkey

Last week (April 2007) there was a large demonstration in both Ankara the capital and in Istanbul a few days later. They estimate both crowds to have been over a million maybe two. They were against any religious influence in … Continue reading

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Did you know? Facts about Turkey

Living in Turkey is like the Wild Wild West with cell phones and the Internet. Opportunity knocks everywhere and almost everyone in the country hustles a living. They have to, their “safety net” is stitched pretty thin so if they … Continue reading

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More thoughts about Turkey…

I read a lot about this country and if I lived here for the NEXT 60 years I would not “get it.” But I try to understand that the very things which make this place frustrating are also the most … Continue reading

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Cigarette Butts as Litter-Toxic as Well as Ugly

As if second hand smoke isn’t bad enough, we gotta put up with smoker’s throwaway butts, made of a NON-biodegradable material; cellulose plastic. I found this article “Cigarette Butts as Litter – Toxic as Well as Ugly” and quote below … Continue reading

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Villagers, women, religion and politics

By law, Turkish women have the same rights enjoyed by women in the US or the EU. You will sometimes see in the cities, the symbols of the conservative Islamic communities, the black head to toe coverings of conservative or … Continue reading

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Rhythms in the village

Turkish village people live their lives according to a very definite rhythm. As I was standing on our terrace this evening looking onto the village houses below, I noticed that all of their home fires started burning at about the … Continue reading

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Doing the Turkish “limbo”

We live in a kind of strange limbo between the villagers and the lives we left behind. My wife was educated in Boğazıcı (Bosphorus) University, the oldest and still the most prestigious in Turkey. Besides Turkish, she speaks fluently two … Continue reading

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Dawn, silence and the military

Dawn comes slowly to this valley, creeping over the hills like a villain in a cheap cowboy film, waiting to spring upon all us unsuspecting settlers waiting below. The quiet is deafening, I unplug the speakers on my computer because … Continue reading

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The sun shines on Turkey

The rain stopped for most of the day and the sun came out and we left the refuge of our village house for a bit of the “high life” in Kaş. During the off tourist season (winter) Kaş is actually … Continue reading

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