9 Turkish Desserts To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

It’s not often we write about Turkish desserts or sweetie goodness on this blog because neither of us has a particularly sweet tooth. However, as Ramazan Bayramı is once more upon us and, as this is the time when people tend to indulge in foods of the sugary variety, now seems like the perfect time […]

Beşkaza Meydanı, Fethiye, 23rd April – This Day Belongs To The Children

23 Nisan Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı Kutlu Olsun!  23 Nisan Ulusal Egemenlik ve Çocuk Bayramı (National Sovereignty and Children’s Day) in Fethiye: every year on 23rd April, Turkey celebrates National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, and since Beşkaza Meydanı (the Fethiye town square) came onto the scene, Fethiye has done this particular bayram in style. If […]

Cumhuriyet Bayramı – Celebrating 90 Years Of The Turkish Republic In Fethiye

If you know anything about Turkey at all, you’ll know that yesterday was the 90th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Turkey (Cumhuriyet Bayramı). Not that most Turks need much excuse to openly display their national pride, but Cumhuriyet Bayramı is a day of loud and proud unabashed flag waving, singing, chanting. Once […]

Republic Day In Fethiye

Yesterday was Cumhuriyet Bayramı (Republic Day) in Turkey and in Fethiye, there was a party atmosphere. People gathered throughout the day around the new town square which now boasts a large statue of Atatürk (the founder of the Turkish Republic). Families clambered up the steps to the top of the statue to have their photos […]

Is This Fethiye’s Biggest Ever Music Event?

If you read this blog regularly, you will know that we have a very biased fondness for our adopted hometown of Fethiye, Southwest Turkey. The mountains, the Mediterranean, Paspatur (the old town), one of the largest natural harbours in the world, restaurants, bars; what more could we want? Well, while the local live music scene […]

Kurban Bayram – Running The Gauntlet At Patlangıç Market

Tomorrow is the first day of one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar, known in Turkish as Kurban Bayramı – the festival of the sacrifice. This is the third time Kurban Bayramı has occurred since we started Turkey’s for Life, but each time the festival occurs, there is always something different we […]

2011 Children’s Day in Fethiye

Yesterday was the 23rd of April; an important holiday in the Turkish calendar as it marks the anniversary of the inauguration of Turkey’s National Assembly on 23rd April 1920. Founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, later added Children’s Day to this already significant anniversary, declaring children as the future of Turkey. This national […]

A Bayram Stroll Along Fethiye Harbour

The final day of Kurban Bayramı in Turkey, but as most Turkish workers are enjoying a 9-day break, today still had that relaxed holiday feel about it. Tomorrow and Sunday are likely to be the main days of mass travel as family members return to their homes elsewhere in the country. The weather in Fethiye […]

Kurban Bayram – A Look Back at Day One

We know many of the goats and sheep of Turkey are sacrificed during Kurban Bayramı but we’ve never really noticed any of this happening – until yesterday. Maybe we’ve never been out and about in the morning of the first day of the festival. Yesterday, however, we were out and about as we went up […]

Kurban Bayram in Turkey

Wow, the last time we posted on Kurban Bayram was on the 30th November last year – our second ever blog post. We’re careering headlong to being one year old! In Turkey, Kurban Bayramı is the time of year where goats are sacrificed, new clothes are bought, the roads become much busier, intercity buses are […]