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  1. You can usually find telephone numbers and much more information by Googling the hotel name and opening their Website. For example here's the Website for Abi's excellent suggestion which has mainly great reviews. Hotel Miletos Or you can just go to the main tripadvisor site, and enter the name of the resort/town you wish to stay in under Search. You will then be given the option to click on Hotels. Sometimes, the hotel telephone number is given, if not just search for their website. Enjoy your Christmas away from the village.
  2. In your dreams, sunny. If you think we are going to visit your home (with the spanking new kitchen) and not continue to enjoy your delicious cakes with afternoon tea which you usually provide, you have another think coming!
  3. Unfortunately very little. But I do seem to come across a lot of (useful? useless?) information!
  4. As we all know a visit to the barber (berber) plays an important role in Turkish male grooming. But it’s useful for foreigners to be prepared with useful phrases which could make our visit all the more enjoyable and worthwhile. I can appreciate the request Ucundan azıcık (don’t take too much off), but other important phrases to remember are: Sıfıra vur (take it all off); Sakalı alalım (give me a shave, literally “take my beard”); And not forgetting Sinek kaydı (“a fly would slide”) or Kaymak gibi (“like cream”), both meaning clean shaven. And for the younger customers perhaps Pis sakal (“designer stubble”) So, off you go chaps armed with this all essential vocabulary!
  5. Yes, sunny, has said it all really. In fact, many of us look forward to the end of the season when the weather is cooler and we can enjoy the occasional walk. In the past week, for example, we have been on a couple of lovely afternoon walks with sunny and another friend, played Rummikub (and Triominoes"!) and in the next week or so we shall be resuming our visits to the sports centre for our regular table tennis (or indoor bowls) sessions. We never feel bored or have much time when we can say we have nothing to do, but when friends or family ask us how we occupy our days, I have to admit it doesn't sound very exciting or time-consuming. But we wouldn't have it any other way and value the small but close circle of friends we have who seem to enjoy a similar sort of life style. As Abi and sunny have suggested, give the Quiz Night a go at No Problem Bar on Monday evenings.
  6. Maybe they chose me because I was a foreigner. A Turkish friend, Adem, arrived at our door one very cold winter morning. His car battery was flat. Had I got a set of jump leads? No, but get in my car, I said. One of our friends may have them. No luck with my first choice but after another couple of miles journey to another possibility we were lucky. We drove back to his car and started it with the jump leads. I then followed him for a few miles (returning the jump leads en route) to ensure everything was OK. Adem was very grateful. Apparently he had asked a very good Turkish friend of his to help him before he called round to see me. But this
  7. Your post and excellent photographs concerning Esenler Otogar in İstanbul, remind me of an incident there a few years ago. I was leaving one of the ticket offices into the central area when I heard someone calling me over from a nearby car. The vehicle was packed (and I mean packed) with assorted people and packages. Even the driver had a large parcel on his lap! Their problem? One of the rear doors was still open and no one in the car could reach to close it. I obliged and they drove off, dangerously but happily secure.
  8. Unfortunately, I can't help you with contacts for English speaking drivers and guides but I am sure Abi's link will be useful. However, you may be interested in the following extract from our notes following a month's tour around parts of Turkey a few years ago and which included some of the towns on your proposed itinerary. Enjoy your trip and, as Abi said, do tell us all about it in due course. Aphrodisias must rate as one of Turkey
  9. Two of the more unusual views photographed this summer in the
  10. Just to follow on from my previous post, you will probably enjoy reading this article about the Kapidağ Peninsula, including Erdek: DEAD LINK
  11. No, not via Bandırma if you were going for your Option 1. Unfortunately, the famous 16th Century ceramics for which İznik is famous, have virtually disappeared from the museums and mosques but there are the city walls to explore, Yeşil Cami, Aya Sofia and, of course, the lake side. Bursa is well worth a visit with some of the finest Ottoman munuments around and consideredd by many to be the birthplace of modern Turkish culture. Despite the masses of concrete now and motor manufacturers, the city still has considerable appeal. If you fancied a short sea trip you could catch the ferry to Yalova and then head for Bursa But, I suggested Option 2 which (in my personal opinion) would be more interesting itinerary for you. But it's your call and you, far better than me, know what will appeal to you most. Enjoy your trip whatever you decide.
  12. Well, saren, I would certainly get the ferry from Bandırma. It breaks up the coach journeys and makes an interesting and relaxing couple of hours. Full details are here: IDO Ferries Depending on time available and your interests I would then head for the coast, maybe to Ayvalık which can make a pleasant stop-over. If you do visit Ayvalık you must make the short trip up to Şeytan Sofrası (Satan
  13. I have now realised yet another advantage of living a kilometre or so from the nearest village. It's too far for the kids to travel for the chance of a sweet or three. So, we have a supply ready for next year. But better look at the "Use By" date. May have to eat 'em. Talking about travel, it'a a good time for that too. In the past couple of days I've done a return trip to the Airport and a day out to Sel
  14. Yeah, a great distance! I have often considered opening a village market stall selling alarm clocks at reduced prices. No hope for me, Infidel that I am!
  15. When in England I invariably use the word 'Cep' for Mobile Phone when speaking to friends and family. And, despite having poor Turkish and having lived here for over 12 years, I often find it almost impossible to recall the English words for 'Patlıcan' and 'Enginar'. But I do occasionally have short dreams in Turkish. Weird or what?
  16. Yes, ME has been out for some time. My brother-in-law purchased a Scooter here 12 months ago and that has an ME Plate. But as we all know,
  17. Many thanks, Sirin. I've passed your helpful information on to the bride-to-be. I agree, Meral. It's great that we can widen our knowledge base through other relevant Forums and help others. I'm (so called!) Destination Expert for one travel forum and (also so called!) Turkey Expert on another. It's good that some questions can be inter-changeable and that's something I'd like to encourage.
  18. I am Destination Expert for
  19. Thank you for sharing this lovely memory with us.
  20. Most Turkish people we know go into a deep depression on their Birthday - at my age I can understand it, but even much younger people don't seem to enjoy their special day. A very Happy Birthday from me, too, Amy.
  21. ciftlikkoy13

    Well, Agamemnon Hanım, I gained the impression (obviously mistakenly) you didn't think
  22. ciftlikkoy13

    Members of this Forum, and indeed knowledegable people throughout the world, will already appreciate
  23. We also bought one of the solar powered sonic mosquito machines from British Airways, on a flight back to İzmir in January. As you all probably know, they emit the sound of the male mosquito, almost inaudible to the human ear, and the females like to keep away from the males.
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