Category Archive: Turkey

Jun 10

The power of Bodrum Sign Posts

High SEO for Bodrum Sign Posts on my Bodrum Peninsula Travel Guide site

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Jun 06

New Road Signs in the Gümüşlük area

When did the new road signs appear in the Gümüşlük area? It’s been over a year since we visited our house, and we got a nice surprise when we arrived. We now know where we live! When we bought the house it had a bright blue number painted, graffiti style, on the side of it. …

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May 31

Turyol Bosphorus Tour & Traditional Ferry Service, Istanbul

The Turyol Ferry Service is an alternative to the IDO city ferry service, and runs more of less along the same routes – but their ferries are more modern, and their service, more frequent, as well as faster.

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May 30

IDO Public Bosphorus Tour & Traditional Ferry Service, Istanbul

Şehir Hatlari’s have four different ferry route services operating on the Bosphorus, Istanbul. Find out more details of their Bosphorus Line, Golden Horn Line, Prince’s Island Line and Europe-Asia Conenction Lines.

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May 22

My Fortune Cookie: You will step foot on many foreign lands

Istanbul Travel Guide review and summary. The 4 books I bought before I visited Istanbul for the first time.

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Mar 14

Blogging in southwest Turkey: The tales that wag the blogs

Foreign bloggers share their amusing and poignant thoughts, tongue-in-cheek observations and tales of personal experiences of the country they call home

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Feb 07

Trip Planning

Just spent the last couple of weeks learning more about flight routes in and out of Turkey than I think I really needed to know.  But the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is that I have booked my 6 nights in Istanbul, and we have 11 nights at the house planned. …

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Jan 05

How the world’s cities have fared since the financial crisis hit in 2007

Daily Chart in the November edition of the Economist. The Brookings Institution and the London School of Economics surveyed 150 worldwide metropolitan area’s.  The Chart shows that Istanbul has achieved the highest margin for Employment and Income growth for the year. This is the cherry on the cake for the 2010 European Capital of Culture.

Dec 07

Colour Theory in Parliament

“Seek the strongest colour effect possible. The content is of no importance” Henri Matisse

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Dec 04

Where to go for Expat Blogs

Here’s a collection of links for a variety of Expat Blog sites. You can click on any of the Logos to be taken to the Home Page for each of these sites: Quite an extensive list of Blogs – but once you start to click into them, some haven’t been updated for a couple of …

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Dec 02

Turkish Reading List

My Turkey reading list, and I’ll post my critique of them as I plough through them

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Dec 02

Bodrum Bulletin

I’ve found an alternative to the Expat Forums – in the shape of The Bodrum Bulletin, which is a fortnightly newsletter. It really has a community feel, and looks like it’s written by an Expat, who lives in the area.

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Dec 01

Turkish Coast: Bodrum to Marmaris Review

“Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be…Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.”

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Sep 18

Scooter Tour of the Bodrum Peninsula

So now it’s just a waiting game for the Power of Attorney to be signed and delivered to Sunshine. It feels like today is the first real day of our holiday, even though we’ve been here a full week already, time to rent a scooter and explore.

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Sep 17

Making an Offer on our House in Turkey

Getting the ball rolling on the House Buying process in Turkey. Offer made, small speed bump, but not too big a hurdle to be overcome.

Let’s just pretend we can’t hear those alarm bells ringing!

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Sep 16

Say “Yes” to the House

Market Day in Bodrum Tuesday is Fabric Market day in Bodrum. We had an amble around there — it was held inside a big building by the bus station, and was pretty hot and airless. We got hassled to buy, but the stall-holders weren’t too pushy, and I don’t think we ended up buying much. …

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Sep 15

Official Paperwork Day to Buy a House in Turkey

As usual, Red solidified the relationship with Mehmet by speaking the International Language of football with him. Next stop – the Notary office to get our passports translated into Turkish for the Military Approval process.

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Sep 14

No House Hunting for us today

Day of Rest After a lazy start to the day, we headed over to the Bodrum Otogar to catch a dolmüş to Gümüşlük. The bus station was stifling and noisy, but we only had a 10 minutes wait for the next bus to leave. It went screeching along the straights and racing up the hills, accompanied …

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Sep 13

House Hunting in Turkey Day 2

I’m sure Tuzla Turkey will be fully developed in a couple of years, but there’s no guarantee all of these shells will be completed, and we didn’t have the patience to wait until they were.

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Sep 12

End of our 1st day House Hunting

It doesn’t matter if you can’t read the menu. In Turkish restaurants, eating starts with a visual, not an intellectual experience.

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Sep 12

House Hunting in Turkey Day 1 part 2

Lunch in Yalikavak After putting the first property on the short list, we jumped back in the car and drove the 7km to Yalikavak.  Time for lunch. Evren took us to sidewalk cafe, where Red and I enjoyed a tasty lunch and good conversation.  Evren declined any food, as he was fasting for Ramadan. He’s …

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Sep 12

House Hunting in Turkey Day 1 part 1

I got a feeling. I don’t know if it was the view; the lack of oxygen this high on the hillside; or the steep steps I’d just sprinted up. But as we rounded the corner of, the first view of the house I got lightheaded.

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Sep 12

Our house hunting expedition begins

Early Morning Stroll Up bright and early for a traditional Turkish breakfast at the hotel – feta cheese, olives and boiled eggs, and then went for a stroll around the local area, to get a flavour of our surroundings. Of course we headed to the beach first. There’s something very tranquil about walking through the …

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Sep 11

I don’t wanna go to Gumbet… no no no!

“There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” — Charles Dudley Warner

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Sep 11

Arrival at Milas-Bodrum Airport

Our first arrival at Bodrum Airport, and ground transportation to Bodrum was a bit of a mystery. It took and hour to leave, but Bodrum was waiting for us.

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