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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.

  2. 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. 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!

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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".

  7. I was offered a job teaching English at a new school in Urfa. I can't find any postings on this city, so I was wondering if anyone here knows it and can give me some advice or information. What's it like to live there for a foreigner? Is there much to do? How's the food, weather, etc?....

    Thank you

    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.
  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. No, thankfully, only Burger King in Çeşme! Thanks for the smiley-free post.


    S. Don't like KFC either (or the other two). Yes, I know G.


    M. (don't mind abbreviations - in some circumstances!).

  11. This reminds me of the story of a young couple who were touring Wales.

    One day they crossed over to Anglesey to visit the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch,

    famous, of course, for having the longest place name in Britain.

    They decided to find somewhere for a drink and something to eat and, intrigued at the long name of the village, asked one of the staff in the restaurant, “Would you please spell the name of this place slowly for us so we can write it down?”

    “Certainly”, she replied,

    “B-U-R-G-E-R K-I-N-G”


    S. Sunny, you must tell us all if you've ever tried the Steakhouse Burger meal at their Ç-E-Ṣ-M-E branch!

  12. Sorry I'm late in adding my thanks, Saffron. I also appreaciated your help some time ago with translations via PM's when I needed to get everything just right for a family occcasion which included a Turkish member. They were impressed with the words if not my pronunciation!

    With good wishes for the future.

  13. 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!

  14. No? Not really? Although it's good for basic shopping, it's a pretty boring shop. I would have thought Migros would be more interesting, having more variety?

    Perhaps they just wanted to buy some soft drinks and crisps.

    It was probably a 2-day Aegean & Mediterranean Highlights Tour and the Tour Guide didn't want them to peak too early!
  15. 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.

  16. Apparently, Beylerli is often referred to as Acıgöl - Caltı Lake.

    The lake is notable for its sodium sulphate reserves. Acıgöl is Turkey's largest and the world's second largest sodium sulphate site.

    And, yes, we saw the flamingos at Bird Paradise in the Fall, although that may be a little early. I have often heard that they can be seen from then and well into April.

    When you see flamingos in flight, it's easy to believe they are flying backwards. Not true, of course, but with their long neck and legs strtching out to the front and back it can be hard to see which end you're looking at!

  17. Hope this may help, too, Alayavie.

    Çelik Gülersoy Kütüphanesi, Soğukçeşme Sokak, Sultanahmet. Tel: (212) 512 57 30 is one of the most important libraries in İstanbul and open to the public on Mondays and Fridays from 10.00 - 16.30.

    Beyazit State Library Another principal library of the city but I understand foreigners are still only allowed in by permission. This permission can be obtained by writing to "Kültür Bakanlığı, Kütüphaneler Genel Müdürlügü, Necatibey Caddesi 55, Sihhiye, Ankara. The library is open Monday to Saturday 08.30 - 17.00 at Imaret Sokak 18-20, Beyazit Tel: (212) 522 31 67.

  18. I don’t know about Denizli, but a few years ago we visited Bird Paradise (Kuṣ Cenetti) located just 15kms west of Karşıyaka, on the outskirts of İzmir and saw regular flocks of flamingos in flight. A spectacular sight and because we visited with friends, I remember it was mid-October.

    Bird paradise is an area of coastal marshes and salt fields that are preserved as an important sanctuary for our feathered friends. The park which spreads over an area of 8,000 hectares has now been placed under protection by the Ministry of Forestry.

    Bird Paradise is a permanent and temporary home to hundreds of species of birds. where you can spot many species, including Red Winged Flamingos, Blackbirds, Dalmatian Pelicans, Ruddy Shelducks, Coots, Plovers, Sand Martins, Great White Egrets, Black Storks, Grey Herons, Great Crested Grebes, Kingfishers to name just a few.

    The park is the result of the Gediz River depositing its silt where it meets the Aegean Sea over thousands of years. The Gediz Delta is one of Turkey's most significant natural areas. The Delta stretches from Bostanlı shores to the Foça hills.

    Read more about it here.

    Hello again, Petunia. You may well be referring to either Beylerli Lake.situated between Denizli and Dinar or Isikli Lake on the Civril Plain, northwest of Dinar District. Isikli Lake is a protected area by the Denizli National Park Administration.

    I understand both these areas are mating grounds for flamingos and, of course, many other species of birds. Definitely worth a trip!

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