USD vs Euro
This is not really a "site", just a general tip. Now (2004 summer) 1 Euro is cca. 1,25 USD. Still, some of the turkish bazaars, shops, customs, etc, tend to equalise these currencies. As a result, you can save around 20 percent in several cases, if you carry USD with you instead of Euro. For instance:
- at the Antalya airport, visas are issued for 20 USD or 20 Euros (for Hungarians), other countries have the same phenomenon;
- drinks on buses usually have the same price as well;
- does not matter that much, but you can bargain more precisely with USD, as having lower value (ie. you will not receive the stuff for 1 euro less, but there still is some space with USD, etc. For perfectionists, only :) Very nice summer! Sea, boats, swimming, pamukkale, food - relaxing atmosphere...
Lekythos and Alabastrons
Lekythos;This is single handled,narrow neckled perfume and oil container.A new area of use was determined for the Lekythos in Attica in the mid 5th century B.C.
It was laid inside the graves of the deceased.Especially white grounded rekythos were produced in large numbers between 440-430 B.C.
Alabastron;This is a narrow necked long,globe shaped ot conic bottomed small scent bottle with no handles,which women used at home or at the palaestra in antiquity.
The hall of small works.
Konyaalti cad.no 1 Antalya
Visit the Mini-city - miniature park
Last week in Antalya we had the opportunity to visit the the Mini-city located on the Konyaalti beach front just down from the Aqua Park and the Hill-Side Su hotel.
This miniature park is an open space that displays miniature buildings and models and is open to the public from 9am to 23:00 as listed on its website but maybe call to find out the exact opening times. I believe the entrance fee was 2 YTL ( turkish liras ) and 12 and under are free.
It was great to see all of the many spectacular historical places in Turkey in miniature scale. It was like taking a trip around Turkey without having to get on a plane. Some of the highlights for me were the Aya Sofia mosque, The Haydarpasa railway station, Safranbolu houses, Akdamer church, Çatalhoyuk, Mt. Nemrut, SÜMELA MONASTERY in Trabzon just to only name a few. I could have stayed there for hours admiring the fine details of each historical monument. I also think that it is a very educational place for not only the kids but for us grown ups too.
If you get to Antalya be sure to take the time out to visit.
Narrow streets in the old part of the town, are abounded with countless gift shops, carpet shops, shops with leather stuff, tea shops, and many more. Very popular drink in Turkey is for sure an Apple tea, which is served almost everywhere.
APRIL 23 INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY
APRIL 23 INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S DAY
This national day (23 April National Sovereignty and Children's Day) in Turkey is a unique event. The founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, dedicated April 23 to the children of the country to emphasize that they are the future of the new nation. It was on April 23, 1920, during the War of Independence, that the Grand National Assembly met in Ankara and laid down the foundations of a new, independent, secular, and modern republic from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. Following the defeat of the Allied invasion forces on September 9, 1922 and the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne on July 24, 1923, Ataturk started his task of establishing the institutions of the new state. Over the next eight years, Ataturk and his followers adopted sweeping reforms to create a modern Turkey, divorced from her Ottoman past. In unprecedented moves, he dedicated the sovereignty day to the children and entrusted in the hands of the youth the protection of this sovereignty and independence.
Every year, the children in Turkey celebrate this "Sovereignty and Children's Day" as a national holiday. Schools participate in week-long ceremonies marked by performances in all fields in large stadiums watched by the entire nation. Among the activities on this day, the children send their representatives to replace state officials and high ranking bureaucrats in their offices. The President, the Prime Minister, the Cabinet Ministers, provincial governors all turn over their positions to children's representatives. These children, in turn, sign executive orders relating to educational and environmental policies. On this day, the children also replace the parliamentarians in the Grand National Assembly and hold a special session to discuss matters concerning children's issues.
Over the last two decades, the Turkish officials have been working hard to internationalize this important day. Their efforts resulted in large number of world states' sending groups of children to Turkey to participate in the above stated festivities. During their stay in Turkey, the foreign children are housed in Turkish homes and find an important opportunity to interact with the Turkish kids and learn about each other's countries and cultures. The foreign children groups also participate in the special session of the Grand National Assembly. This results in a truly international Assembly where children pledge their commitment to international peace and brotherhood.
The importance of April 23 as a special day of children has been recognized by the international community. UNICEF decided to recognize this important day as the International Children's Day.