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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:
  2. 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".
  3. This afternoon, I accompanied two friends to the SGK office in connection with over-payment on their account. They had full details of payments due and copies of all bank transactions, During my 15 years in Turkey I have never met such an uncooperative, blatantly rude and totally obstructive official. When this ‘lady’ could see we weren’t satisfied with her responses, she went into overdrive in machine gun Turkish (I struggle with snail-pace Turkish!) and when I had the effrontery to try to interrupt her politely, simply to slow her down, she held her hand up,.palm facing me, to quieten me down. I made three attempts at this with the same response. She then went to Google Translate on her Computer and the first words of her sentence read (her capitals) “NO MORE LIES”. On two occasions, in the past 15 years, I have met with Turkish authority’s ‘brick walls’. The first some years concerning the serious illness of the daughter of a friend of ours and a letter to Mr Erdoğan resulted in his office’s early intervention. The second occasion, less serious, but nonetheless frustrating resulted in Türk Telekom delivering a telegraph pole and cable (the old one was in danger of garrotting me!) within one hour of my email (with photographic attachments) to their Head Office in Ankara. SGK have not heard the last of me, I can tell you!
  4. So there we were, just about to leave our favourite store, BİM, the one close to the road leading to the Otoyol (we have three branches now you know), when a tour bus arrived. Out poured at least 20 excited foreign tourists jostling with each other, presumably anxious to be first to witness the architecture, internal design, special offers and to wander round this spectacular emporium - or maybe to queue up for an audio guide. They all looked so happy to be there. Next stop Ephesus? Hope they aren’t disappointed.
  5. With effect from 15th April, some museums have raised their entrance fees, including: Topkapi palace: 25 TL (Entrance to the Harem remains the same at 15TL) Hagia Sophia: 25 TL Ephesus: 25 TL Most other ticket prices are unchanged and the full list for 2012 is DEAD LINK.
  6. On Sunday I travelled down from İstanbul with Pegasus Airlines. If you haven't seen it before, you will enjoy their in-flight Safety Instructions video:
  7. Commencing 16th March, 2012, Jet2 will be operating flights from Manchester to İstanbul’s Atatürk Aiport on Tuesday and Friday each week. Prices start at £71.99 one-way including taxes (but not hold luggage!).
  8. Despite our Turkish neighbours telling us summer was over several weeks ago, we have been enjoying a few hours at our favourite spot on our favourite beach most afternoons. We think we are so lucky to have such a lovely, quiet cove just 3kms from our house for quiet relaxation and snorkelling at this time of year. Here are a couple of photographs taken yesterday: Base Camp dande Sun lounger for Ms dande, chair for Grandad dande! View from Base Camp dande
  9. On a recent five day trip from
  10. As a result of work being carried out in our village by
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  12. An interesting article in this week's 'Economist' entitled "A Muslim democracy in action". Read the full article here.
  13. Yes, many thanks Bushman for all your efforts. Everything working perfectly now. We are really pleased to have this Proxy and use it regularly. The days of endless BBC repeats on Diguturk are almost forgotten! Now we can chhose what to watch, when want to watch it.
  14. Spoke to Bushman last evening and he was looking into the problem then. Obviously not an easy problem to solve as I still cannot connect to the Proxy.
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