Pictures taken in this delightful country. Enjoy!
Took this the other day in Alsancak, Izmir.
I love the creative plant pot!
I love the creative plant pot!
And I hope you'll like the recipes in the other thread piglet!
Here's a pic of the gift boxes that people buy to give during the month of Ramazan. There are many choices available in all the different supermarkets. This one was in a shop called KIPA - in England known as Tesco.
The boxes usually contain things like packets of tea, rice, sugar, may be a tin of olive oil or cooking oil, a pot of jam, some olives and dates- depending on the price. Prices range from about 20 TL to over 60 TL. 27 TL is about ten pounds sterling.
It's interesting to see how these international companies adapt to local customs!
Here the IKEA restaurant serves an evening meal for those who wish to break their fast during the month of Ramazan.
They serve a few olives, tomato soup, pitta bread, Swedish meatballs with chips, a side salad and a special Turkish dessert made from dried, white, wafer thin sheets of cornstarch pastry, milk, sugar and rose water.
Very authentic Ramazan dishes.
Info re the dessert güllaç
The whole meal costs 10.95 TL, roughly 4 or 5 pounds sterling. It's good value in TR. In a simple Turkish restaurant a similar meal would cost around 10 or 12 TL and actually it would be nicer and tastier.
As they say- one man's meat............
PS On the poster it says -Iftara bekleriz- this means We're expecting you for the evening meal or Come and break your fast with us.
An interesting phenomenon of a Turkish wedding is the fake cake! There is a huge, fancy, several tiered concoction brought in with much ceremony. There is actually a tiny layer or piece that is real for the bride and groom to really slice through with a huge knife. They romantically give a little bite of cake to each other while fireworks explode, photos are taken and everyone claps. The real cake-usually convenient rectangles of a sort of creamy, sponge, gateaux type-is sliced up and served to the guests.
So the fake cake helps many couples to celebrate! Not sure how many times one of these cakes can be used!
Traffic rules and laws are made for...........breaking!
Hope no one borrows my bike while I'm having a catnap!
PS The dog is fine.
The Toy Shop!
Spotted in Kemeralti Bazzar, Izmir last Saturday.
Kemeralti is a maze of lanes and alleys rather like the Lanes in Brighton only more exotic!
The bag man! Spotted in Bornova. a suburb in Izmir, the only one w/no sea access! BTW that is not graffiti on the right in red! It is a sign giving info!
I'm too tired to do the shopping dear! I'll just have a little cat nap. Why don't you get it , the list's the same as last week! Take this trolley.
PS the dog is fine!
As well as stray/street cats and dogs there are horses out on the streets. At different times of the year "farmers" let their horses wander about grazing on any bit of greenery available. Even in the suburbs of the 3rd largest city Izmir, one can see these huge animals ambling across the road, having a nose in the rubbish bins and generally messing up the traffic!
Ready for winter! An old fashioned stove in a tea house in a cafe in a small village outside Izmir on the way to Bayindir. These stoves burn wood and coal and people like to have the pipe that is connected from the stove to the chimney as long as possible, a sort of primitive central heating !
Seen today in Izmir, shop selling belly dancing costumes!
Delightful guard/door person at student dorms!
There are shops that just sell pictures of Ataturk! He was the founder of modern Turkiye. This is a stand in a shopping centre in Karsiyaka, Izmir. There were even Ataturk ties!
The Butcher's Shop! I remember they were like this in England years ago!
Those round items hanging up outside are called sucuk . A kind of dried sausage, very, very spicy and depending on who's made them, very tasty. People love them for breakfast or brunch.
Turkiye has its fair share of reality television, shows like Turkiye's got talent and Survivor are very popular. There is one show that is original to TR and that is on Flash Channel. The set is a cell in a prison w/real prisoners, with singers coming in to perform. Requests are sent in for real prisoners in gaols dotted throughout the country! There are even guards!
Spotted this delightful cat 'escaping' out the window of a Hairdresser's!
Obviously wasn't keen on having a shampoo and set there!
Ayyildiz, literally moon and star, is the Turkish flag. It is very important to Turkish people, having a special place in their hearts, representing the struggles during the War of Independence from 1919 until 1923. There are strict rules regarding the flag; it is not allowed to be printed on T shirts or towels for example. The flag appears on special days, during sports events, when young men go off to do their military service, on the roofs of newly completed buildings etc. It proudly flies on government buildings, cars, balconies, washing lines (!), trees, ships, stadiums, factories, private schools and universities as well as hospitals and hotels to name a few sites.
I spotted this one attached to a well painted (!) tree.
This country is full of mysterious doors, gates, shutters and windows! Everywhere one goes, one finds them! They have beautiful designs, ornamental door-knockers in the shape of a lion's head or perhaps a hand, sometimes intricate wrought iron initials or years and fancy handles and railings.
Every corner one goes round, offers one of these delightful secrets! The question is, does one have time to investigate?
Spotted in Istanbul, this little dog was afraid to step on the metal drainage gate so his kind owner is giving him a drink of water!
People are very enterprising in TR and have a strong sense of aesthetics, sometimes making itself felt in some quirky areas! Here is a wrought iron cover on an air conditioning unit, on an office in a railway station in Izmir!
Here's the new Turkish lira symbol. It is hoped that it reflects the rising trend in the Turkish economy. The anchor shape conveys the impression that the currency is a “safe harbour” while the upward crossing lines represent its rising prestige.
The symbol was selected from a contest arranged by the Central Bank of Turkey (CBT). There were more than 8 thousand entries, some designs were submitted by people incarcerated in prisons.
Finance Minister Ali Babacan (L), Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (C) and ( R- not shown) Turkish Central Bank Governor Erdem Başçı unveil the national currency symbol. (Photo: thank you to Zaman newspaper)
Looks like it'll be some time before the symbol is added to the characters under currency symbols on macs etc!
Supermarket find! I'd still prefer a jar of Marmite! This tin of syrup is about 10 pounds 50 pence!
April and May are wisteria months in Izmir! Many of the old Levantine houses are covered w/it.
Safranbolu is definitely worth a visit. About 200 km north of Ankara, it is on the UNESCO world heritage list. There are many historical buildings in the old part of the town, most are really well preserved. The whole area is bursting w/mosques, fountains, Turkish baths, settlements etc.
This time of year is pleasant or in the Autumn.
If you love Turkish street markets, you'll love Odemis Pazar! Held every Saturday, it really is an interesting place to visit. There is a section where ladies sell beautiful handicrafts including lovely hand made jewellery. There are the usual stalls of clothes and household items and the fruit and veggies are locally produced, a much better choice than in Izmir.
These Lostras are fascinating!
In English Lostra means a shoe shine kiosk, may be found in hotels, near railway stations and ferry boat stations etc; this one is in Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.
They are sophisticated, fixed places where shoe shine boys work. You may have seen individual, lone shoe shine boys roaming the streets in towns and cities all over the country. Their equipment ranges from a simple homemade box w/polish and brushes in to the very elegant, purpose made ones w/brass trimmings.
There are many shops just like this all over Turkiye! This one is in Kemeralti, near Konak in Izmir.
I even found latex-free disposable gloves here!
Lucky for some?
Sirince is a pretty mountain top village a few kilometres from Ephesus. The name means 'quite pretty' and the place lives up to its name!
There are several boutique hotels there but it is near enough to visit for a few hours on the way to or from Ephesus. There are several restaurants doing village style breakfasts or those delicious Turkish style savoury pancakes called gozleme.
If you prefer to avoid the crowds go mid week or as we did, early Saturday morning. As we drove away from the village after lunch we passed a few coaches arriving!
The weather's getting cooler and you might need to wear some slippers! How about a pair of these!!
Trimming the trees!
Spotted in a shopping centre in Canakkale! If you're stuck for a present for someone........
Very chic huh?
Getting married? Need a wedding dress? Know of someone who's getting married and can't decide on her wedding gown?
Cycle rickshaw in Canakkale. The driver is a lady.
If you ever been in TR, you may have seen stalls, stands or mobile cafes selling Kokoreç. If you walk past them, you tend to notice them as the smell of them being grilled or whatever is pretty strong!
It's is a Turkish dish, made of lambs' intestines; the intestines of suckling lambs (süt kuzusu) are best apparently.
Some people find it delicious! It is not actually a standard menu item in restaurants. It's popular with people after a night out. I've never tried it myself ......... and never will!
I spotted these unusual permanent premises selling kokorec in Canakkale.
Soma Thermal Power Plant is a lignite-fired production plant in Soma in Manisa Province. The plant is 130 km from İzmir. Soma used to be a pretty Anatolian, inland town in the centre of rich, agricultural land; tobacco, cotton, olives, grapes, melons and other fruits were all produced here. Sadly the town is now dominated by the mining industry, air and soil pollution now exist, farming is disappearing and ugly tenement blocks have replaced the lovely traditional brick houses in gardens that people used to live in. That's progress!
Time for ploughing! This beautiful horse ploughed the smallest plot of land I've ever seen being ploughed but at least it was an easy job for him!
Spotted near our house this vintage car. It belongs to a neighbour who uses it most days. Have searched all over the car but can't see the make anywhere.
Don't you just love the English used abroad!
This was spotted in Cappadocia.
There's a city in south eastern Anatolia called Batman! It was originally a small village called Ilhu, oil was discovered there in the 1940s and the place grew. In the fifties it was renamed Batman, there's a river of the same name. It is actually pronounced But-mun.
Anyway while we were staying in a hotel in Cappadocia the Batman Football team came on a training programme there and I couldn't resist taking a pic of their bus!
Love the humour of the Batman stickers!
As they say in TR ' traffic rules are made to be broken' !
This car was spotted just outside Afyon. Notice the passenger is wisely using his seat belt!
I'm afraid to say this happens all the time...........
Love the English used and also how clear it is! It is a direct translation from the Turkish.
Spotted this sign in the Sultan Han Caravanserai in the town of Sultanhani, in Aksaray Province, TR.
Spotted in the loo at the Surmeli Efes Hotel near Kusadasi, Izmir.
We were in Erzurum a while back. It's an interesting place to visit. Of course we flew from Izmir, via Ankara.
The airport is small but efficient. I was most impressed to see this relaxation area set aside for guide dogs!
Love the sign!
You can't go to Erzurum without tasting the special kebabs!
Info about kebabs
Web site of Muammer Usta
We had a lovely meal here and the chef/usta was happy to have his pic taken!