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Historical / Biblical sites. A different aspect to Turkey!
Freezing in winter!
In a nutshell
city heritage showed to advantage
smirnofforiginal Says: This is the covered market which is in the centre of the bazaar. The bedesten was actually a caravanserai which sold silk.Right next to the bedesten is a beautifull courtyard which is the most wonderful place to chill away from the scorching sun and to grab a drink, meet up...
smirnofforiginal Says: For me this bazaar was much more fun than the Grand bazaar of Istanbul... the jumble of little streets, packed with more stalls and less neon lit shops.It was built in the 16th century and I hazard a guess that you could buy or acquire most items somewhere within the tangled...
smirnofforiginal Says: This is a beautiful, beautiful area... grounds, gardens, rose gardens and then the extremly long pools full of holy carp (fish). If you catch one you will go blind (legend has it) so you are much better settling for feeding them with the fish food that can be purchased for a...
Urfa didn't appear to have a lively nightlife culture- I think the main activity was eating, meeting with friends and family, and walking around Golbasi.
My favourite evening was spent in Golbasi- arriving at dusk, I was entranced by the illuminated pool area, where small groups were strolling around the area enjoying the cooler night air. The call to prayer echoed around the pool as men hurried to the nearby mosque.
I headed over one of the small stone bridges into the tea garden and lokanta area, where families were gathered eating, chatting and watching the videos playing under the moon lit sky.
I chose a family lokanta- more relaxing for a lone female traveller!, and enjoyed a delicious meal (see my restaurant tip for more details)
Although I felt quite safe wandering about by myself, I did get a taxi back to my hotel.
Dress Code: Travelling around SE Turkey by myself, I felt more comfortable wearing lose cotton clothing that covered me i.e trousers or skirt and long sleeved blouse.
Urfa is considered to be a holy city, with many pilgrims visiting the area.
So, probably best to keep your skimpy shorts and tops for the beach resorts.
Mossie repellent is a must too!
Written Aug 27, 2005
Address: Golbasi, Sanliurfa.
In every Turkish city, town and most villages, you'll encounter at least one Shoe Shine man or boy.
I used to avoid them, until a few years ago in Istanbul, when I finally succumbed. A young boy patiently worked away on a pair of my leather sandals that had served me well over the years, and although as comfy as a pair of slippers, they were well past their sell by date, and heading for the bin at the end of my holiday.
However, this boy coaxed them back to life by painstakingly rubbing the polish in by hand, then buffing with a brush, then repeating the process twice more. I was very impressed by the effort and skill that he employed, with my sandals looking better than when I first bought them. He asked a very modest fee, and even when I gave him the same again as a tip, it was still only less than £1!
This man was quite a character, every time I passed by, he wanted to chat, or tell me the places I should be visiting. While he was polishing my shoes, he sent out for cay for me, and then wouldn't take any money!
He seemed to know everyone that was passing by!
Although his shoe cleaning kit wasn't as fancy as some (Some are very elaborate) he'd made an effort, by fixing artificial flowers and the Turkish flag to his!
So - take a seat, get Your shoes polished, have a chat, learn more about the country/ culture etc, and contribute a bit to the local economy
Updated Jan 18, 2008