My first time in Turkey
The world “side”means pomegranate in the ancient local languages. In 188 BC “Side”gained its indepence,but was later annexed to the Galata Kingdom in 78 BC,but then in 25 BC Side gained its independence again .Alas,it then became a target of the Pirates and Arabs and rapidly diminished after the 3rd century (AD).After you pass through the gate to the city,you arrive at a spacious area decorated with flat stones .This is the beginning of the two main streets. On both two sides of the streets are decorative porticos and behind them are shops.The Agora which has shops on tree sides,is shaped like a square and is surrounded by galleries with columns.In the center of this area are the remains of an altar made for the Goddess of Fortune and Fate Fortuna,the ruler of the fate ofcities. The amphitheater adacent to it,wich provides a panoramic view of the city,is very beautiful.The temples,the monumental road covered by the city today and the remains of the ancient harbor can be seen from here.
Both Turks and foreigners come for the perfect white sand beaches, the seaside restaurants and bars, the variety of lodgings (from cheap little pensions to luxury hotels), and the impressive Hellenistic and Roman ruins.
The best times to enjoy Side are late April, May, early June and October. If you must come in high summer, avoid weekends, when half of Ankara roars down to Side for a swim.
In many parts of the world, Evil Eyes are believed to carry magical powers to protect you or bring you luck. Turkish people believe that it absorbs bad energy coming from evil eyes, hence no place of business or home is without one.
Evil Eyes come in many styles, from simple to ornate, and they are made of glass. When a child is born, an evil eye is pinned to the garment on his or her right back shoulder for protection from other people's evil / jeaolous eyes.
Evil eye jewelry like necklaces, pendants, bracelets, wall decoration items, rings, earrings are also handcrafted and are believed to be protective against envious people. Evil eye beads, linked together with sterling silver, are famous in many cultures throughout the world.