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  1. Çardak Airport is 65kms east of Denizli. Bay-Tur operates an airport transfer service on behalf of Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines. They connect with all incoming and departing flights. The schedule is here. The cost per person is 10 TL and the journey takes just over one hour. I suggest you stay in Denizli. Çardak Airport is a commercial and military airport and there are no hotels near the complex.
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    Kültür Café has only been open for about a month offering a snack and main meal menu and - this is the difference - a colourful and attractive indoor play area for young children in a safe and enclosed space. We took three ‘experts’ there recently – three of our grandchildren who were visiting us here in Çeşme aged eight, five and two! They loved the place and it was difficult to persuade them to leave It is open throughout the day from 8 a.m. with breakfast, grills, pasta, salads, burgers, toasted sandwiches, wraps and desserts and, of course a children’s menu, and plans are in hand to organise birthday parties in the future. There is trampoline, climbing frame, ball pit, painting, Lego-style building bricks and coloured sand art, while the outdoor terrace caters to parents (and grandparents!) who want to relax and have a quiet meal or just a tea, coffee, hot chocolate or a cold drink (maybe a Smoothie?) while the children enjoy themselves. The bathrooms are spotless and young daughter can sit next to Mum on her own small toilet. A novel idea which should appeal to Mums. The owner, Ayşe, who speaks fluent English and Turkish, and staff are welcoming and friendly with unlimited patience to help children when necessary with the various activities. The Cafe offers a great opportunity to keep young children amused on a non-beach day. Our grandchildren certainly gave the place full marks! It's located on the main road into Çeşme directly opposite Carrefour Expres (not the branch near the Marina). Here are some photographs:
  3. I submitted this post almost three years ago but in view of renewed interest in the Çeşme’s Greek Church dedicated to St. Haralambos, following its restoration, thought it was worth repeating: According to the Rt. Revd. Father Michael D Jordan, St. Haralambos is one of the most beloved Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church. In English, the translation for the name Haralambos used by most Orthodox Christians is "Harry". Haralambos lived in the 2nd century and became a Priest at a very early age and served his community with great zeal. What has prompted the Orthodox Christians throughout the world to display such love and affection for St. Haralambos? Why has he been so very close to the hearts of all of us for over 1700 years Perhaps it is because of the fact that no other Priest in the history of Christianity suffered so much in one lifetime for his religious convictions. In the city of Magnesia, the governor of the province, Loukianos, inflicted great pain upon St. Haralambos because he refused to worship the idols of the Empire. The saintly Priest was first tied to a post in the public square and ridiculed by the pagans. Soldiers of the governor slashed his body with heavy cutting irons. In spite of the terrible agony he refused to deny Christ and accept their pagan gods. After being tortured, Haralambos was dragged by his beard through the streets of Magnesia by soldiers on horseback. Many additional forms of torture were used to force him to give up his faith, yet he would not. During the ensuing months, St. Haralambos miraculously survived all forms of torture. Eventually people called him "the man they cannot kill". Quite a guy was Harry.
  4. Please stop "maithering me" about the weather in rural Worcestershire, Aston!!
  5. It doesn't only happen with Turkish-English translations.Last year we had a get-together of our extended family in Derbyshire's Peak District, When writing an email to everyone with information concerning the arrangements, Gmail's spell check didn't like the word 'Derbyshire' and suggested two alternatives - 'Debauchery' and 'Jobshare'.Now with such a large gathering, jobshare would be very welcome but we weren't planning on a week of debauchery!
  6. Well, despite spending the first 21 years of my life in the Manchester area** (well known for its rainfall and football), we do like to escape the winter weather in our coastal Turkish village. Being at the tip of a peninsula, we have a superb choice of beaches which we enjoy to the full in the summer months. However, in the winter, the wind doesn't half blow across the Aegean! . . . and when it rains, it really does rain. And did I mention the wind-chill factor? So, being ‘nesh’ as we say up t’North, we try to escape as much of the winter as possible. This year we are having an extended holiday in a quiet coastal village in South Goa where we can enjoy wall-to-wall sunshine, beautiful beaches and the most wonderful selection of food you could ever imagine. We have rented a small apartment and the really low cost of living makes a long-stay affordable – especially when we shall have no winter heating bills and quite a number of other expenses here. We love living in Turkey in the spring, summer and autumn but like the sunshine so much now, we chase after it! ** Incidentally, Manchester is not the wettest city in England. According the Meteorological Office, that dubious distinction belongs to Plymouth. Manchester holds a reasonably respectable ninth place!
  7. This thread brings back memories of the time (15 years ago) when Mrs dande and I worked in a hotel in Çeşme. A family staying in one of the larger rooms were very embarrassed when their young son spilled a glass of orange juice over the bed sheets one morning. So embarrassed in fact that they stayed in their room until the cleaner arrived so they could explain and apologise. The family couldn’t speak Turkish; the cleaner had no English. However, the mother pointed to the sheets and tried to apologise with body language. “Tamam”, said the c;eaner “Pis” (Dirty) “No”, replied the mother, “It’s only orange juice!!!
  8. . . . and if you ever visit Dolmabahçe Palace in İstanbul, don’t set your watch by any of the palace clocks, all of which are stopped at 9.05am.
  9. The World Travel Awards are considered the 'Oscars' of the travel world and Turkey gained the greatest number of awards among all tourism nations by walking off with top honours at a ceremony hosted at the new Conrad Algarve on Saturday 6th October.The Turkish Ministry of Tourism was given the award "Best Tourism Board in Europe" and İzmir "The Best Cruise Destination of Europe" award. Also, joining WTA, TripAdvisor travellers voted for the Zeugma Mosaic Museum at Gaziantep as the "Perfection in Museums for 2012" Award.Here is what WTA says about the awards: "Turkey's ascendancy up the tourism order was acknowledged with The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism named “Europe's Leading Tourist Board”. The nation's leading-edge hotels also scooped a series of individual awards, including “Europe's Leading Luxury Hotel” (Mardan Palace), “Europe's Leading Luxury Resort” (Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa) and “Europe's Leading New Luxury Hotel” (Angel's Peninsula)."Finally the well-respected "Food and Travel Magazine” readers have chosen Istanbul as the "Destination of the Year for 2012".
  10. ciftlikkoy13


    Only visited Urfa for a few days on a tour around Turkey some years ago. Interesting place as a 'tourist'. Suggest you search on Google/Forums for Şanlıurfa - Glorious Urfa, the full name which commemorates Urfa's resistance to the French invasion and occupation 1918-20. You should then get a great deal of information on one of the oldest cities in the world.
  11. Hi Libby. Thanks to Abi, you now have all the information you need to change your name on your UK Passport in the UK. I got married earlier this year in Turkey and have the usual Marriage Book. We are both English but it was easy to amend Mrs. dande's Resident Permit at the Emniyet Müdürlüğü inİzmir. We took it in at 11.30 and it was ready at 3.30 p.m. They didn't issue a new Residence Permit, simply endorsed it on the page headed "Changes on Marital Status" with my name as the husband and the fact that she had taken my surname on Marriage. No charge and they only wanted to see the Marriage Book with a copy they retained.
  12. Unfortunately, no airline flies direct to Manchester from İzmir in the winter. Turkish Airlines as you know operate via İstanbul and Lufthansa fly every day to Manchester but via Munich. Lufthansa are often an expensive option but our family this year and next have got very good prices and times. The transit time in Munich used to be very tight with passengers running from one flight to another but that now appears to be a thing of the past!The only airline flying to direct to the UK from İzmir is Pegasus but they only operate to and from Stansted.
  13. Lovely video, Vic - and great backing music from "Queen", We've enjoyed (gentle) walking around the Cappadocia in the winter, but think I'll pass on the paragliding! On our trip the area was covered in snow (much more than see on the film) and it give the region a different, surreal feel about it. A wonderful time to visit, I felt.
  14. There have been posts on here concerning the increasing number of taxes added to electric bills, etc. I have a similar experience to report. Mrs dande and I were shopping at Tansaş, Çeşme yesterday. The total bill came to 36.49 Turkish Lira. After leaving the store and looking at the receipt we noticed that, presumably to round up the amount owed, 1 kuruş was added to the final amount towards “İzmir Fuarı Tansaş”. Zero KDV. I hope they spend it wisely!
  15. A couple of years ago, we booked with Pegasus and for some reason (probably my fault – me and technology!) a duplicate payment appeared on our credit card statement for two different amounts, although we only received an e-ticket for one booking. I emailed Pegasus Customer service through their website and received a fairly prompt response to say they were dealing with the matter. A couple of days later they refunded the larger amount so I was certainly impressed with the way they dealt with it. Hope you have a successful outcome, too . . . and enjoy your visit to Turkey and time with Kaan.
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