When you share glass of aniseed and grapejuice liquer - Raki - with a Turk you should fill one glass with water and other glass Raki and top up with water to top. If you want to add ice, never add to Raki alone, mix with water first! The ideal Raki glass is nice and thin, I swear the Raki tastes nicer from thin and long glass. You should take time to enjoy the experience enjoying a social intercourse. Its wise to take one sip of Raki and then one sip from your water glass afterwards, this will help you from getting drunk too quickly as is a very strong drink. They say in Turkey its a good way to get to know a person, to take nargile pipe or to drink raki with them. Its customary for Bar or meyhane serving you to provide a plate of meze (snacks) to enjoy with your raki, it can make you hungry when you drink raki. Local custom is to wish your partner health or 'cheers' as we say, several times throughout the evening. You should lightly bang the raki glass on table and then clink together with your friend's glass, and say 'Serefe' - pronounced sher-e-fay. When you clink the glasses together, to show respect to your friend - try to keep them meeting in their centre, or below his level of glass if he's your elder to denote your respect for him! The most important thing is you should look at him straight in the eye when you say 'Serefe' , this is most sincere and shows you mean what you say. If he's lacking in raki, you should refill his glass before yours! Sometimes in a restaurant a waiter will do this for you. Sometimes I vary the toast to my drinking partner by uttering 'Yarasin' instead of Serefe. This means to your life, I believe as I am only speaking little Turkish now.
Oh how I enjoy this national drink, for over 5 years, and it partners fresh fish well! It is such a nice way to drink. Oh, if I am stating anything wrong, please do write and explain to me as I always learning new facts here in Turkey! Serefe - Enjoy your Raki too.
you arrived at fethiye and introduced to a little english town.even though fethiye is full of fun and entertainment centre , only 6 kilometres away you will experience something totally different then commercialized tourism centre.
when you arrive to the villages you will notice that people have water supply problem and not wealthy enough to provide their daily needs. dont be arrogent and if they offer you anything be gentle enough to accept that. this will be the real turkey you will ever seen before all turkish customs will fade away. it will also be nice of you to buy some local products from these villages ( bel,alinca,faralya,kabak ) such as honey,olive oil, daphne oil to support their economy.
Local people like to come down to the beach (usually at the afternoon, sunset and weekends) and rest a bit, mediatting, just watching the sea... So many times they come alone, but also with families, friends... However, the majority I've seen were alone. And then they stay watching the sea and absorbing the sun. But, men usually come to look at tourist girls, and often they approach and start speaking... Sometimes it can be upsetting, but sometimes it's fun.
Like in Serbia, pankcakes are also very popular in Turkey, which is great, because I adore them. The same style like ours, huge and thin. They can be filled with whatever you want, the best are chocolate. They make them slightly different over there, they put the ingredients and filling while they are being baked, and here we do it after the pancake is finished.
The prices vary from place to place, but usually they are between 2 and 5 million.
Usually they are made by women sitting on the floor outdoors.
Kemal Mustafa Atatürk (1881 - 1938) is the most important man for Turkey, the founder of modern Turkey. He is the founder of the Turkish Republic and its first president, as he finished with the Ottoman dynasty that was ruling for over 600 years. He completely transformed the nation, in such a short time and turned it towards the modern country.
He simplified the complicated Arabic writing and made Turkish language to be written with latin alphabet. He also simplified the language and made it more practical.
He transformed the law by taking excerpts from European laws, especiallz Italian and Swiss.
He was fighting for right of women. Atatürk launched many reforms to give Turkish women equal rights and opportunities. The new Civil Code, adopted in 1926, abolished polygamy and recognized the equal rights of women in divorce, custody, and inheritance. The entire educational system from the grade school to the university became coeducational.
He was fighting for peace, culture, education, economic growth and nowadays Turkey has to thank it all to him that thez have achieved bigger progress than all the other countries in the region.
All the banknotes of Turkish liras are with the SAME face - Atatürk, the most important man for Turks, who oriented them to a modern country.
They count everything in millions, so there are banknotes of
and coins of 50.000,100.000 and 250.000 liras. The exchange rate in october 2004 was
1,8 million liras for 1 euro
1,5 million liras for 1 US dollar
2,7 million for 1 British pound
Nazar is protection against evil eye. You will find it virtually EVERYWHERE! On the jewellary, on the dog's collars, on the houses, streets... It is believed that if you speak well of someone/something, evil will hear, and so they say "mashallah" which means "may God protect you". The same thing is said in Bosnia (my grandma is Bosnian :))
It is believed that the blue bead protects against evil and jealousy. According to mythology, Apollo with his powerful arms held the crystal mirror against the sun and the blue beam reflected by the mirror dazzled the witch of the darkness. Thus, Apollo saved the beautiful fairy from disaster.
This is an open Air Festival for all paragliders and air-sports-lovers. You don't have to be a competitor to take part in this event.
This is an example of activities for one day:
Mike kung&friends acro-show
Professional Flying Team show
Remote control plane fliers show
Free style sky diving
Sky diving (Turkish Aeronautical Association)
Free light in the afternoon
Free style acro-show
Acro-show by local paragliders&international producers
Sea plane flights
Beach party in the adternoon
All day: live broadcasting by cloud9 from take-offs and beach which can be followed in Cloud 9 bar and is streamed through www.babadag.com
All days:Beach entertainments and free offers
Kadri Tuglu&Ali Sonat
Cloud 9 Cafe,Cloud 9 Aviation,Broadcasting
Carsi Cad. No:2
mobile:+90 533 437 31 02(Kadri)
Mobile:+90 532 347 52 62(Ali)
fax:+90 252 617 04 02
Fethiye does not mean only beaches. It is also a planet of mountains and exciting rural areas. Yakapark is one of nice places to see. Many daily tour packages to Saklikent include Yakapark and Tlos. Tlos is an ancient site and views of Xantos(Esen) Valley are great from acropolis of Tlos.
Additionaly after your lunch in Yakapark, you may have a drink at the bar. During that time, you can touch salmons swimming on the bar...
Tlos has famous Lycian rock graves and sarcophagi. And it is the place of mythological Ikaros and Bellerophontes.