Turkish crafts include;the world renowned hand made carpets,kilims also brilliant hand painted ceramics,copper,brassware and ornate Meerschaum pipes make charming souvenirs and ifts.
Gold,leather and suede goods of excellent quality make a relatively inexpensive purchase.
At busy street markets you can find an astonishing assortment of goods mingling with the enticing aromas of herbs and spices like cinnamon,saffron,mint,thyme and many others.
Sophisticated shops at Konyaalti,Atatürk caddesi,and MMM Migros(near Konyaalti-7Mehmet restaurant) sell elegang fashions made from Turkey's high quality textiles,finely designed handbags and shoes.
Antalya is a province of festivals.The three most important being the Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival and the new highly successful jazz festival which takes place each year in June.
The Golden Orange short Film Festival and International Film Festival is held throughout October.
Aspendos is unique in Turkey,combining as it does a feast of music with the natural beauty of the immediate sorroundings and man-made magnificence of the Aspendos Theatre.This best preserved Roman amphitheatre in Turkey was used in the 13th century as a Seljuk palace.
Organised by Turkish State Opera and Ballet,this festival is now in its 7-8 years and ttracts large numbers of Turks and holidaymakers from all over the world.
I had been 2 times there for some concerts- I listened to JOSE CARRERAS AND MONTSERRAT CABELLE..lucky me:-)
It'll take a life time to taste the finest foods of Turkey.Based on the heritage of the vast Ottoman Empire,which extended from the gates of Vienna in the northwest to the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula.Turkish cuisine is extremely rich.
The use of fresh materials in the preparition of all these dishes,is the main characteristic of unique taste.Turkey is a country surrounded on three side by sea and is famous for its seafood.While it also has a yearly abudance of fresh fruiý and vegetables.Possibly some you have never tasted before:-)
What you eat in Antalya...
Doner kebap(lamb grilled on a revolving spit)
sish kofte(grilled meatballs)
sarma(dish made of rice and meat,wrapped in grape leaves)
imamBAYILDI(dish prepared with eggplant and olive oil)
icli kofte(made of ground meat and pounded wheat)
borek(flaky pastry with thin layers of cheese or other filling)
helva(a sweet prepared in many varieties with sesame oil,various cereals,sugar,syrup or honey
Lokum(turkish delight-a soft,chewy and sweetish confection)
ayran(made of water and yogurt)
and finally RAKI(the indispensable alcoholic drink of pleasant dinners)
after the meal,TURKISH COFFEE...
Goods are still carried on camels in this environment."Yorük" clans(large moving families with blood-connection according to the climate or migratory groups in the south of Turkey) move up the mountain tops in summer,and to the seaside in winter and for this migration they use camels.
Baklava is one of the oldest known Turkish desserts. No meal would be complete without baklava for dessert. It is made of baklava - flaky layers of whisper-thin pastry bursting with pistachios, touched with golden butter, gently enveloped in a honey syrup. No holiday, wedding or dinner party could be considered without it.
Austria: Namik Kemal Bulvari No:18
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Danmark: Konyaalti Cad. 19/A
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When walking down the street you may be approached by shop owners offering you items and inviting you in to their shops.
If you want to say no, don't say 'no' or 'hayir' (Turkish). The Turkish make a clicking noise with their tongue to say 'no' in this situation.
Try this and they will probably leave you alone.
Locals tend to invite visitors or just strangers from the street for a cup of tea or coffee. Been told that it's not polite to refuse. It was quite a challange to drink 20 (and after 20 I lost count) cups of tea in 2 hours. Though apple tea tastes really good.
Sweets have always been an important for the Turkish people.
"Lukum" sweet is made of sugar syrup, various flavorings, nuts and dried fruits. It is known in the West as "Turkish Delight".
Turkish Delight are served with dark coffee and served at the end of a meal.
Back in the good old days people would go to the theatre in stadiums like this one. This particular theatre was somewhere close to Perge, but I don't know the exact location. It is very well preserved considering the maintenance contract ran out on it some centuries ago. ;-)
How it was yesterday:
I can’t believe that it is true what is depicted in Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres painting “The Turkish bath” (see left). I have heard that Turkish women are afraid to take off their clothes in the bath. Maybe they are true, because today’s Turkish bath little differs from ancient bath - Hamam.
Earlier it was not merely a place where believers could fulfil the Islamic precept of cleanliness. It was a place to mingle, socialise and gossip.
Women could proceed from their harem to the hamam with great ceremony, accompanied by servants heavily-laden with delicacies to tide the ladies over the hours they used to spend lounging in the steam.
The young women used this opportunity to show off their ornately embroidered towels and ivory inlaid slippers, not to mention their youthful figures, while older women would spot potential wives for their sons.
Men would discuss the latest court scandal or talk business and politics. Contrary to popular ideas, hamams have always been either permanently designated for one of the sexes, or have a separate schedule for men and women.
Here I submit cultural tips I learned after traveling to Alanya:
Well, these lucky women are not so lucky. One my VT friend ERKANKIRAZ informed me that husbands of these “lucky women” sold their lands to foreigners. So, if you don’t like a view of unfinished hotel, you know who is guilty (the new owner). But I hope they earned some money to buy mercedes...:)
Look up what BUNGAA wrote:
“Turkish women wash their clothes on their body when they take a bath!..:) Because of this,they don't take off their clothes in the bath. I mean that their behaviour cause is not only fear like you said!..:)”
.....and later he added:
you must try ...it's very economic, besides that, it's very sexy...:)))(smiling)”
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p.s. bungaa, was not You kidding??;)
I have not been there but I've heard that the Museum of Antalya is worth a visit. It seems that they have a great collection of ancient objects that were found in that neighbourhood.
It is not very cultural but if you like shopping Antalya is heaven! The leather is very cheap overthere (especially if you bargain on the price) and if you decide to buy a carpet wait till you get there! It is a custom to bargain on the prices. If you are a little tenacious you can get 1/3 of the price of.
The Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (Turkish: Antalya Altin Portakal Film Festivali) , held annually since 1963 in Antalya, is the most important national film festival in Turkey. The event, jointly organized by the Foundation of Culture and Arts in Antalya (Antalya Kültür Sanat Vakfý, AKSAV) and the Foundation of Turkish Cinema and Audiovisual Culture , takes place in the autumn months at the Antalya Cultural Center. Since 2005, the festival is accompanied by the International Eurasia Film Festival.
I traveled to antalya in august 2007.I was lucky because the celebrating of victory of turkey against Greece (zafar bairami) was in days that I was there .I watch fire game in the city park near Lara beach. The young girl singer (Hande yener) was singing alone: Romeo, Romeo!
peoples are dancing and singing with her. Some of neighbors was bringing plastic chairs from homes and sitting around park. I spend happy times about 3 hour's.
In the beach park I found Latin dance festivals with some youth and teens dances: salsa and tango and some other kinds. Some of dancers were from Russia. I saw Russians and eastern Europeans are in large amounts in turkey. In the aqua park I saw some the dancer girls that are master stroking in the stage!