Marmaris Local Customs

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    Finding an Ancient Treasure

    by hquittner Written Apr 10, 2009
    The Once Submerged Amphora

    On the last day of our 7-day gulet cruise returning to Marmaris, I was standing on the after deck watching the captain steer for home. Suddenly we both saw an orange object bobbing in the sea ahead. “A buoy?”, I asked. “No way” he answered. He steered clear and stopped the motor and called the crew to drop a rubber life boat with an outboard motor. He went after the object and it slithered into the boat and it was lifted aboard by the three crew members. It was an Ancient Greek Amphora! “What a prize”. I exclaimed. “No”. he replied, “only trouble”. As we started up, he radioed the Port Control and notified them of his location and other details. A short while later they called back with a telephone number which he called on his cell phone ( a gadget which all three of the crew used nightly to call their mothers and their girlfriends). He told me the call was to the museum. When we arrived at the dock, he was greeted by the museum curator, the Port Officer, a Military Policeman and a worker with a pushcart. Several copies of official papers were passed around, signed and distributed for everyone's files. The museum curator followed his cart toward the museum and the others left. Nothing was aid and no hands were shaken, “What will you get for this”, I asked. “I may receive six passes to hand out for the museum, but my season is over”, he replied, “and you will not be here by then”.I am certain that this was not an "included" experience on our Blue Voyage.

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  • Don't be alarmed, it's only prayer time!

    by DaniVengeance6661 Updated Mar 25, 2008

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    When out & about, you might be alarmed by the sudden sound of Islamic prayer. This is called Salah, and is the five times a day ritual. Don't feel as if you have to take part, but respect their religious views.

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    Delicious food made traditionally by local women

    by WanderingFinn Updated Mar 8, 2008

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    Local women making the food outside
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    If you see local women preparing some food on open fire, outside, in front of the customer's eyes like in the pictures here, go and try. You won't be disappointed.

    Unfortunately I don't remember the name of this delicacy, but I only can say it was delicious. I should have eaten two pieces at a time....

    One could choose the filling from a couple of choices. First they made the base, a soft thing like in kebab or the bottom of pizza or some Mexican food (but softer, with more taste and grease). It was very thin though. They didn't put very much filling into it, but enough for taste.

    It is not enough as the main dish of the day, but an excellent and healthy and exotic choice to any fast food or chocolate bars in the middle of your full day or on the way somewhere.

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    Try a NARGILE (waterpipe) once in your life!

    by WanderingFinn Written Mar 8, 2008

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    I don't know if this is undiscovered any more, but most probably many travelers don't pay attention to this phenomenon. Many might even be afraid of it, namely the waterpipe (nargile). I can tell that no reason to be afraid of; I've tried it a couple of times.

    First of all; there are no drugs, no alcohol, nothing extra in it. It is very mild, and in the majority of the places one can even choose the flavour. I have never smoked (only tried) and to me it was milder than tobacco. Using/smoking it does not make any change in you; no-one gets drunk, drugged or anything else. It is totally safe.

    Almost in every place, also small places, there are waterpipes. It is the habit of many muslim countries. If there are no pipes visible, then just ask. It costs something of course, but it is not expensive at all.

    Do not wonder how to use it; locals are very nice and helpful. They come and put the fire on it, they prepare it until it is ready to "smoke". It keeps a funny sound (water bubbles).

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    FISH TANK

    by whitecliff62 Written Aug 10, 2006

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    CHOOSE YOUR FISH

    It is custom in Turkey to choose the actuall fish that you are going to eat, this restaurant had a huge fish tank with sea bass, i wonder why they don't do that sort of thing where i live, i certainly brings in the people

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    MOCK TURKISH WEDDING

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    MARRY ME

    This funny show was staged on the beach by the staff at the Hotel Green beach, and it is a funny virsion of a Turkish wedding. Trying to get people on the beach to marry this bride (who was a man) was hilarious

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    DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    TURKISH FOLK DANCE

    You can't beat a local night dancing with traditional folk dancers, its a must for getting the old feet tapping hahahaha, mind you as soon as they started grabbing people out of the audience i was off up to the bar like a shot hahahahahaha (CHICKEN)hahahaha

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    ICE CREAM. THE TURKISH WAY

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    STOP PLAYING TRICKS ON ME

    You will find loads of local ice cream sellers dotted around Marmaris but this one is the most famous. This is one ice cream you won't forget in a hurry. The 2 men in the photo are a right laugh, they should have been on the stage performing,rather than selling ice cream. Every min or so when your least expecting it one of them wacks this cowbell with a stick and shouts ICE CREAM at the top of his voice, this either gives you a heart attack or scares the living sh#t out of you Hahahaha. When you pluck up enough courage to actually buy one of ther icecreams one of the lads puts the cone in a ring on the end of a stick and offers it to you, this is when he starts doing his tricks, basically you can't get hold of the bloody thing hahaha. This is one of the funniest things i have ever seen, and it certainly draws the crowds in. The ice cream's not bad either hahahaha.

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    Yagmul

    by malasli Updated Sep 3, 2005

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    Yagmul

    This 14-year old girl set down to me on the bus as I dozed off my farewell night out. She spoke no English, and I wanted to sleap anyhow. At one stop she got off the bus, came back, counted her money, looked pensively,smiled shyly, as she had to get passed me again, then went out again.

    When she came back she showed me what she had bought: An evil-eye-fending keychain with a blue stone on it.

    The guy on the seat next to me translated what she was trying to make me understand: it was a gift for me.

    It was so sweet!!!!!!

    You may want to bring some small gifts from your country to return to such people,even if they don't expect you to.I only had coins left at this point...but then luckily I remembered the perfume from Syria I had sort of composed myself.

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    Pray 5 times a day

    by Innovator Written Jun 26, 2004

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    Next to the more Western minded/clothed Turks there are still a lot of Turks that pray 5 times a day. This snapshot is taken in front of a typical Turkish mosquee, in the middle of the shopping centre!

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    Be rude or be smothered

    by sjvessey Written Jun 19, 2004

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    As I might have mentioned in a few other places on these Marmaris pages, everyone in this town is after your money. You will almost literally be chased down the street by shopkeepers, by boat owners, and by anyone else who thinks there's a cat in hell's chance of you buying something from them. A polite refusal is likely to be viewed more as a bargaining tactic than a no, and will only encourage them further. You have to be blunt to the point of rudeness.

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  • Eye Contact!...

    by MrOscar Written Nov 30, 2003

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    Ephesus

    Turkish people often stare blatalantly at foreigners, and such attention should not be interpreted as rudeness. However if you are a woman staring back becomes an invititation to further interaction.... Aha! :)

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    local beer

    by alectrevor Updated May 21, 2008

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    local beer

    Efes beer is very tasty. A large beer was 4YTL [ £1.55]. A large coffee 3 YTL [£1.20]. If you like english style coffee ask for instant or Nescafe, tea is drunk without milk, which i got to like.

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    Turkish Apple Tea

    by clueless83 Written Apr 8, 2008

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    Rich in vitamin C!

    The Turkish seem to love their apple tea. It can be enjoyed hot or cold and is tasty! We even got given a free glass by a couple of friendly shop owners! :-)

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    DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 10, 2006

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    TURKISH FOLK DANCE

    And here they are again getting everyone to clap and join in, Oh and im still up at the bar hahahahaha

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