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Mescit Sokak, Eski Car??, Safranbolu, 78600, Turkey
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Friendly Policeman in Safranbolu

by June.b

I saw him at Carsi's main square. When I went out again at noon, this policeman approached me and asked me if I needed any help, in any case, he will just be around to give assistance in anyway. Cool.

In fact, he saw me at least 3 or 4 times – the whole town is walkable - and everytime, he would talk to me and ask if he could may be of any assistance. Eager to be of assistance.

When I was about to leave Safranbolu and waiting for the bus at the main square to take me to Kirankoy to catch my bus for Istanbul, there he was again, at last he was able to provide huge help. There was no bus yet, so a friend of his around with a car offered to take me to Kirankoy – truly nice chaps. Reminds me of that Reese Witherspoon and Toby McGuire black&white movie, forgot the title, where people in the whole town are unadulterated and everyone’s nice and wholesome.

The more remote a town in Turkey is, I noticed, the more the people are friendlier. And yes, I remember, the police’s name is Ade (Salute to you... you are truly Safranbolu’s Finest! A town’s pride.).

In case you meet him up along your path in Safranbolu (am pretty sure you’ll bump into him around the town’s main square), please send my warmest regards. June.B Friendly people, serene place.

Tradition:Wedding II

by traveloturc

Bottom drawer of bride is taken to bride groom’s house on Monday. Bride’s bridal dress, ornaments and henna is taken to bride’s house from bride grooms house. Bride goes to the bath on Tuesday and it is also “best man night” on Tuesday night. Best man (sagdiç) is choosen from relatives of bride or bride-groom. Wednesday is henna day. Bride’s clothes are bought by bride’s family. Candles and henna is also bought by bride-groom’s family.At the end of the henna night, bride dances with her friends. After dancing, bride’s head is covered with white scarf.
Old and young women, weared “Bindalli”, turn around of bride and there is a tray with candle on their hand. Women sing “Kabem” kind of religious song during the activity. Religious song finish and then bride sit down. Bride’s hands are gloatted by young girl and new bride. Everybody sings the lulbaby which is called as “Yükdibi” and tells obstacle to take tip.

Local food :“Well Roast” (Kuyu kebabi):

by traveloturc

It is a kind of kebab which is made in the southern region of Safranbolu. A special well is dung out and prepared and a wood fire is lit in the well. The lamb is then hung down the well. The mouth of the well is closed off with mud. The meat is cooked in its own steam and is served.

Local food :Noodles with curd and walnuts

by traveloturc

Noodles with curd and walnuts: Milk curd: Salt is added to strained yogurt and is strained again through a cloth until it becomes solid. It is cut into round strips and dried. The curd is kept in cloth bags. Noodles: A dough is made of flour, eggs and water. The dough is divided into 2 pieces, rolled out thinly and left to dry a little. Then the two sheets of dough are put on top of each other and cut into two. Again the sheets of dough are put on top of each other and is cut into strips 2-3 cm wide. Then, it is cut into strips in the size of match sticks and dried. The noodles are added to the boiling water and is cooked until it is softened. When it is cooked, cold water is added and it is immediatly strained. Crushed walnut and grated curd is placed over the top. Melted butter is poured over the dish. It is served hot.

Mencilis Cave

by traveloturc

The Bulak (Mencilis) Cave is located on the border of Safranbolu and Karabük. It is 8.5km distance from the centre of town and 5km distance from Deðirmenbaþý. The cave has 2 entrances. The first entry to the cave can be made from the source where the water flows. However, this entrance ends at a siphon at 30m. The second entrance can be made at the fossil entrance, left of the hill behind the cave.
The total lenght of the Mencilis Cave is 2725m. There are four declines in the cave 3, 5, 11 and 15m long, respectively. 350m of the cave has been illuminated and is open for touristic visits.


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