Turks drink indeed :)
THE HISTORY OF DRINKING
Traditonally Islam condems the consumtion of alcohol , but the Turks have always kept an open mind.
As Lord Charlemont observed : “The Turks are the soberest people on earth yet some of them are apt to consider the words of the prophet in the literal sense and imagine if they abstain from the juice of the grape , they may drink any other spirituous liquor.”
With Turkey having many cultural influences , it is really down to the choice of the individual an deven those who abstain in public may enjoy a discreet tiple at home.
Perhaps the best way to sum up the Turks attitude to drinking is to recount the following tale :
Murat IV (1623-1640),himself a heavy drinker ,imposed on of the strictest crackdowns on alcohol and tobacco.He used to patrol the streets of Ýstanbul incognito,seeking out the drunk and having them executed on the spot.When raiding a local’s wine cellar one day , he found barrels of wine and demanded to know why they dare flout the prohibition so blatantly.The local replied “ my sultan, we put the grape juice in the barrel , but only god knows whether it becomes vinegar or wine !”
For almost eight centuries of Otoman rule , wine making was carried out with little interference from the authorities and , it hardly caused a stir when the modern republic took wine and spirits under its wings in the 1920’s. Drinking today :
Raký : Affectionately known as ‘lion’s milk’ is the traditional drink.This aniseed tasting spirit is drunk with water ; once the water is added, it changes from a clear liquid from a clear liquid to a milky white.The drink was developed because of the literal interpretation of the Koran against wine and the fermantation of the grape.
Çay : Turkish tea is served in small tulip-shaped glasses without milk.The Turks , who invariably have a sweet tooth , usually drink it with lots of sugar.If you find the tea too strong ask for ‘acik cay’ meaning weak tea.Elma cay , apple tea, will almost certainly be offered to you whilst you are out shopping.Ironically this drink, which tourists associate with Turkey , is rarely , if never , drunk by the locals.
Kahve : Turkish coffee has a strong and distinctive flavour and is served in tiny cups and saucers.You can order as follows : Sade kahve (without sugar) orta þekerli(medium-sweet), þekerli (sweet). Don’t be surprised if , after you have finished your drink , someone offers to tell your fortune from the sediment in your cup !
Ayran : Yoghurt , water and little salt mixed together and served chilled.It is especially refreshing in hot weather.
Wines : Turkey’s climate lends itself to wine production although its real potential has never been exploited due to the fact that , as a Muslim country , consumption remains relatively low.
The main wine producers are : Doluca, Kavaklýdere,Sevilen,Dikmen and Turasan(based in Cappadocia)
i ended up addicted to tea.Local people almost drink 25-30 cups of tea everyday !!
It is already vintage time now, when I am writing this tip. It starts in September for my country. There are several regions in Turkey famous with their vintage tourism. Cappadocia region is one of them. If you can go there on time you can enjoy the delicious grapes and wine.
We were there in June and grapes were little babies then. You can see them in the picture. I’ve take it in Pasabagi. I’m sure they are fully grown or already eaten now.
Homes in rocks
In Urgup you can still see how people once lived in homes cut into the rocks.
There are, however, many attractive old houses on the slopes at the edge of the town, but their residents have moved to the less attractive modern accommodation.
Nowadays the houses are built from the local rock which is made into large buildings blocks. These homes are both attractive and practical.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Urgup on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38° 37' 52.03" N 34° 54' 38.75" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Homes in rocks.
This is a long and deep valley that you can reach by passing through the Ihlara village. We couldn’t just past through, but we sat and drink lemon soda in the café of the village. I took some notes about Derinkuyu and we watched the villagers passing by.
It was late when we enter the valley. It is really big and walking through it is a whole day activity, so we just look around and left the beauty before it was closed. While we were enjoying the scenery at the entrance, officers were yelling towards the valley for calling the people inside.
It goes in one direction 4 km and the other direction 10 km. So, you have to walk at least 28 km to see the entire valley. Also there is another option. If you have a spare driver to wait you, he/she can left you at the entrance and wait you at the end of the valley. If you can reach the end without loosing your way, you’ll have a vehicle waiting for you. Practical, but you need a spare person to convince to wait.
There are several churches here, too. You can walk across the valley by the small stream. There are some bridges over it. One of the sides of the stream is easier to walk than the other. But I don’t know which one.
Urgup - Our Temporary Home in Cappadocia
Urgup is one of the main towns of Turkey's Cappadocia region. It has a population of approximately 15,000 people, and is within a short drive of most of Cappadocia's main sights. We enjoyed our stay in Urgup not only beacuase of its convenient location, but also because of our excellent hotel and the good meals that we had in some of the town's restaurants.
We stayed in a hotel (the Elkep Evi) whose rooms were actually caves carved into the hillside, with masonry facades across the fronts. Urgup has a number of these cave hotels, which are common in Cappadocia. It also has numerous cave houses, where families live in caves carved into the hillsides above the town. Even in the heat of summer, their rock walls keep the rooms cool and comfortable.