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  1. Solemn ceremonies and children’s festivals take place throughout Turkey on National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, held on April 23 each year. Children take seats in the Turkish Parliament and symbolically govern the country for one day. Turkish people commemorate the first gathering of the Grand National Assembly (the Turkish Parliament), which took place on April 23, 1920, by attending local ceremonies or laying wreaths at monuments of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. The biggest ceremony takes place at the Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara. Ataturk dedicated the Turkish Republic to children, Turkish schoolchildren take seats in the Parliament for the day and symbolically govern the country. They elect a president who then addresses the country on national television. Children’s festivals take place throughout the country. The state-run Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) brings children, aged eight to 14, from different countries around the world to Turkey. These children stay with Turkish families for a week and participate in children’s festivals, which culminate is a gala-performance on April 23. Turkey officially celebrated Grand National Assembly Day on April 23 and held a children’s week starting on that day, from 1923–1934. The Turkish government then combined the two events into National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in 1935. Turkish Radio and Television Corporation has been organizing international children’s festivals, held during the week of April 23, since 1979. National Sovereignty and Children’s Day is an official holiday in Turkey. Government offices, schools and most businesses are closed on this day.
  2. I made my 1,000 th post today! I have never done that before.

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    2. academylin

      academylin

      Yeeeehah,,here's to the next 1000!!

    3. Aston

      Aston

      I'll drink to that !

    4. jacklepet71

      jacklepet71

      it is impossible to catch you my friend :)))

  3. Emrah Yucel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emrah_Yucel is an award-winning designer of feature film and television posters. Here are some of his collection of vintage style Turkey tourism posters... To see the whole collection look here http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.338020799572246.78994.123933584314303&type=1
  4. Cadbury's creme eggs are an icon they are sold in many countries, 200 million are sold every year in the UK . Hershey market them in the USA. Whilst looking for another recipe I found Home made Cadbury Creme Eggs The interior is created using a generous amount of butter, Lyle’s Golden Syrup or corn syrup, vanilla bean, salt, and a couple of subtle drops of Orange Blossom Water which is completely optional but gives this home made version a soft perfume that intoxicates with every bite. homemade cadbury creme eggs Home made Cadbury Creme Eggs Makes about 15 eggs depending on the size you want. ½ cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup or Corn syrup 4 ounces (100 gms) butter, softened ½ teaspoon salt 3 drops orange blossom water (optional) 1 vanilla bean, seeds removed (optional) 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 cups powdered sugar ¼- ½ teaspoon yellow food colour 12 oz dark chocolate or milk chocolate (broken into pieces) Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer but this can easily be done by hand or with a hand mixer. Add the syrup , salt, orange blossom water (if using), vanilla seeds and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure everything is mixed well. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the powdered sugar. Mix until completely smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Place ⅓ of the mixture into a small bowl and add enough food colour to obtain desired yellow colour. Cover both bowls with plastic wrap and put into the freezer for at least 15 minutes. It is necessary that this mixture be very cold while working with it. When the sugar mixture has completely chilled remove from the freezer. Working quickly take about ½ teaspoon of the “yolk” mixture and roll it into a ball. Continue forming your yolks. Once the yolks are complete place them on a plate or a sheet tray covered with parchment and then put that back into the freezer. Now working with your “whites” use a tablespoon measure to scoop out the sugar mixture then roll that into a ball. Continue until all the white portion of the sugar mixture is gone. If the “whites” are too soft place back into the freezer for a few minutes. Remove the “yolks” from the freezer. Place a “white” in the palm of your hand and gently flatten a bit. Create a indent in the centre to rest the “yolk” in. Place the “yolk” in the centre of the “white” then cover it up. Roll the “white” into an egg shape. If at any point the sugar mixture gets too soft quickly put it back into the freezer. Either melt the chocolate in a microwave at 30 second intervals stirring very well in between. Or melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water. Add a table spoon of butter to the chocolate and stir well. The butter gives a smoother finish Working with one egg at a time, remove the egg from the freezer and stick a toothpick in it. Dip the egg into the chocolate and carefully let the excess chocolate drip off. Make the coating as thick as you like. Place the toothpick into something – like half a potato – while the chocolate sets. Place the chocolate covered egg into the fridge for 10 minutes while the chocolate sets. Carefully remove the toothpick from the egg and cover up the small hole with a little bit melted chocolate Store in the fridge when all eggs are finished, then eat and enjoy!
  5. Haluk Ozozlu is a photographer, journalist and travel writer. Born in Istanbul in 1950 he began taking photographs in the 1960's as a teenager. By 1976 he was working as a journalist for Hurriyet. He owns a 250,000 slide archive of Turkey and has written a book about Turkey containing 1,200 photographs. He has had six exhibitions of his work and has received nine awards for his work. Here are some of his photographs. http://photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=134228&include=top
  6. I came across these paintings by Gizem Saka a modern day Turkish female artist Gizem was born in Istanbul, Turkey in in 1978. Between 1995-99 Gizem worked in artist studios in Istanbul, working with sculpture and drawing .She is currently living and painting in New York, USA. http://www.istanbulgallery.com/ I like the bold colours and my favourite is Woman with Apple .
  7. I love clothes, shoes and bling and when I think of living in Turkey full time the biggest problem for me is buying decent clothes ! Now I leave clothes in Turkey so I don't have to bring case loads of stuff each time I come , well that's the idea I find a lot of Turkish clothing to be over priced and poor quality, The sizes are also much smaller than the UK. I suppose I could shop on Ebay or online. How or where do you ladies buy your clothes?
  8. I read the other day that Marks and Spencer were opening a second store in Bodrum, so I looked the Marks and Spencer home page and was really surprised that there were over forty M&S stores already in Turkey. I was also very surprised at the prices which are two or three times more expensive than in the UK.http://corporate.mar...ational_stores#Compare the prices between M&S UK and M&S Turkeyhttp://www.marksands...mens/b/42967030http://www.marksands...utograph-11681/The strange thing is I have bought garments from M&S in their UK store which say " Made in Turkey" so why the big mark up for Turkish /expat customers ?
  9. I found this and some other panoramic tours , This is the open air museum at Goreme Cappadocia. The Goreme Open Air Museum has been a member of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984, and was one of the first two UNESCO sites in Turkey. http://www.kultur.gov.tr/genel/SanalMuzeler/Kapadokya-Turkce/index.html
  10. Caysiz sohbet, aysiz gok yuzu gibidir” (Conversations without tea are like a night sky without the moon) -Folk saying from Sivas, Turkey This is a really interesting site about tea in Turkey, so much information and fabulous photos. http://www.teainturkey.com To tell the truth I don,t drink tea,
  11. Whether you are a tourist or a resident of Istanbul, here are some unusual places to visit. I would not say they are very romantic but they are off the tourist trail and well worth a visit. http://behindthebazaar.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/10-romantic-things-to-do-in-istanbul.html http://behindthebazaar.blogspot.co.uk/2009/11/10-romantic-things-to-do-in-istanbul.html
  12. It is said that the first Ottomans were actually a Turkish clan which had moved from middle-Asia to Anatolia under the leadership of Ertugrul Gazi. As tradition has it, on crossing the Central Anatolian Plateau, Ertughrul one day spied a cloud of dust on the horizon. It had risen from a battle near Eskisehir – formerly Dorylaion – where a Seljuk detachment was fighting against Mongol invaders. Ertughrul took the historic decision, although probably unaware of what its consequences would be, to intervene in the battle, thus enabling the apparently losing side to win. That day the Ottomans saved the Empire of Rum. To show his gratitude, the Seljuk Sultan Kaihusrev II (Kaikosrau) gave Ertughrul a strip of land encircling the battlefield. The land extended from Eskisehir along the Sakarya Valley. It corresponded roughly with the Roman province of Bithynia which the Seljuks had taken from the Byzantines about a century previously. Ertugrul Gazi had a son Osman Gazi. One night Osman had a dream, in the dream he saw a tree growing from his chest . The tree’s branches were covering the whole world, people were walking under them and rivers were flowing. In the morning Osman asked his mentor Edebali the seyh about this dream, and the seyh told him that he was going to be a Bey and his sons would be sultans and that they would gather many countries between the same borders. That was the dream that stayed forever with Osman Gazi’s. After his father’s death Osman became a Bey and founded his own feudal state in 1299 in a small town called Sogut. Osman Gazi founded a small empire there, which he called Memalik Osmanya, or The Principality of Osman. He made Bursa its capital in 1305, captured Gemlik in 1326 and thus laid the foundations of what was to become the Ottoman Empire that lasted for 600 years.
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