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    ruby

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    Things you love about Turkey

    Post  ruby on Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:18 am

    Thought it might be interesting to start a topic on the things we love about Turkey, so here are a couple of things that I love - I will add more later:-


    1. The lovely smell of my house in Marmaris and the polished wooden floors, you know when you get home and your home has a certain welcoming lovely smell all of its own, it makes me feel all happy.

    2. The anticipation of eating Kunufe

    3. My lovely Turkish neighbours coming around and welcoming me with home made gözleme

    What are some of the things other members love about Turkey?

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    Re: Things you love about Turkey

    Post  hayleyvemehmet on Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:18 am


    1.the lovely smell of outdoor cooking down bodrum town
    2.swimming in the sea
    3.the socialising x

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    Re: Things you love about Turkey

    Post  Admin on Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:17 pm

    I love the scent of Jasmine at night and the huge splashes of coloured Bouganvillia that overhang balconies. I also love driving the coastal road with the view of the turquoise sea against the green mountainsides...

    Taking a speedboat and exploring hidden coves and bays....

    Sitting by the harbour at night or at wintertime on a sunny cold day, drinking Ouzo (such a slush!) and watching the boats bob about in the harbour while playing Backgammon.....

    Laying on a floating sunbed in the sea or pool....

    Snoozing underneath an olive tree!....totally different to a parasol - and a hundred times nicer!

    Foodwise (here I go again!) piping hot lavas bread with meze, fresh bread for breakfast, thick creamy yogurt, honey, big fat juicy ripe peaches, big homegrown tomatoes, figs fresh from the tree, freshly picked lemons so ripe and juicy they're almost sweet, the fish market's freshly caught seabass simply grilled with salad, fries, lemon and olive oil....

    The smell of barbecued food at night.....

    Watching the sunrise over the sea.......

    The sound of crickets......

    The call to prayer......

    Stopping a dolmus anywhere along a route....and getting off exacty where you want......

    Turks' generosity........

    And I love their unashamed nosiness! haha

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    Re: Things you love about Turkey

    Post  Guveclover on Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:23 am

    I'm afraid my fascination with Turkey didn't last long at all. My well-documented extended stay there one year put paid to it altogether - I couldn't get away from the place fast enough!

    These days, the thing I like most of all about Turkey is that lovely feeling I get when we're there and I know it won't be too long until we're getting on the plane to come home. That's a loooovely feeling - and it's even better when we arrive home and know it'll be a while until the next trip. lol!
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    Re: Things you love about Turkey

    Post  ruby on Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:48 am

    Guveclover wrote:I'm afraid my fascination with Turkey didn't last long at all. My well-documented extended stay there one year put paid to it altogether - I couldn't get away from the place fast enough!

    These days, the thing I like most of all about Turkey is that lovely feeling I get when we're there and I know it won't be too long until we're getting on the plane to come home. That's a loooovely feeling - and it's even better when we arrive home and know it'll be a while until the next trip. lol!

    Judith that must be awful for you having to endure a destination that has no appeal to you anymore except for the fact that you have relatives in Turkey.

    Do you and your family visit any other countries?

    I know I moan about going to Turkey, but I do enjoy it once I'm there sunny Then again, I have to go every year to the house and sometimes I think 'if I hadnt got the house I could go xyz'. Thats why I always tell people to think very carefully before investing in buying property as sometimes it becomes a chore!!

    I do love the sunshine and although you can get that in Europe, they are mostly stuck with the Euro and even though the cost of living has gone up in Turkey, it is still relatively cheap compared to say Spain or Greece.

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    Re: Things you love about Turkey

    Post  hyatum on Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:43 pm

    I love:

    to hug and kiss outdoors when there is a snow-fall

    ferretting around looking at carpets; my favourits are Herekes, Kushaks, central Anatolian nomadic rugs and the the 'newer' patchwork kelims.

    pomegranite juice, sutlac, helva, kaymak and honey, otlu peynir, fried sardines and tomato passata, sarma, proper sun-dried apricots with no sulphur dioxide, pekmez drizzled on roasted pear feta, watercress and hazelnut salad,

    to 'people-watch' in the streets and fresh-produce markets and capture beautiful moments; old men reading their papers in the park, the bird-feeding ladies, street-children, old ladies selling little things........people dancing

    the sound of the gulls and watching the cormorants fishing

    looking at beautiful art; ceramics, old sculptures, paintings, art museums (ad nauseum) sunny

    the ancient rythm of a culture that encompasses so many other cultures

    sittting on a bench close to Princess Island just watching,

    trekking in Anatolia

    the calling of the Ezan

    the boistressness and loud families, the 'brotherhood' of caring between relatives

    the sunset over Avanos

    NIcks xx

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    Re: Things you love about Turkey

    Post  Guveclover on Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:10 am

    Hi Ruby

    We have tended to holiday in Turkey for a number of years, for obvious reasons, but we've had a couple of years "off" and nipped to the Costa del Sol instead!! I much prefer the shorter flight and I actually do quite like it there.

    Generally, I can't bear hot weather full stop (and Mr Guveclover is none too keen himself these days either) so Turkey in high summer, when we tend to go to tie in with the long school holidays, is not really ideal medicine for me as you can imagine. A winter trip would suit me much better but our son likes the sun and the pool etc so we'd feel guilty depriving him of a proper summer holiday to break the long six weeks up. The summer weather is so often crap here too and he looks forward to a nice hot, sunny holiday.

    Sadly, my MIL and FIL have both passed away now so the impetus to go to Turkey is no longer there anymore. This means we'll probably be concentrating more on European destinations for our summer holidays from now on. We want our son to see and experience as much of the world as our finances will allow and Mr Guveclover always says that he's seen enough of Turkey to last him a lifetime!

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