Remembering Atatürk: Why Our Visit To Anıtkabir In Ankara Wasn’t Quite What We Expected

Today is the anniversary of the death of founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. He passed away in Dolmabahçe Palace at 9:05 am on this day in 1938.  Anıtkabir – The Mausoleum Of Atatürk Atatürk’s mausoleum, Anıtkabir, is in Ankara, and you may remember, while we were there back in May, we were […]

Alternative Turkish Weddings – Celebrating The Marriage Of A Favourite Fethiye Couple

(This happy wedding blog post is written with the permission of Nichola and Doğan; the bride and groom. All photos are our own.) Nichola & Doğan’s Wedding – Day One… Have you ever been to a celebrity wedding? No, neither have we – but we’re kind of claiming one now. Well, this is Fethiye. Fethiye is small. […]

Living In Turkey: Inspiring Expats – Ölüdenizli Yarenler

Isn’t it always the case? We had the weekend planned and it was supposed to be a ‘people weekend’ on the blog. We kicked off well and good on Saturday with the arrival of the brilliant Tom Kelly who had ridden his pushbike all the way to Fethiye from Wigan in Northwest England. Then yesterday […]

To Fethiye, All The Way From Wigan. Meet Tom Kelly!

This weekend is people weekend as far as this blog is concerned. Usually, we concentrate on places we’ve seen, foods we’ve eaten, Fethiye, and all the other little extras that come together to make up our life in Turkey. It’s all about us, us, us, but this weekend, for today and tomorrow, we shall digress. […]

Fethiye Famous Heads: Yavuz Sultan Selim

We’re now up to number 4 in our series about the identity of the figures important in modern Turkish and Ottoman history; the figures considered significant enough to be made into a bust and fixed atop a marble fountain along Fethiye harbour. Known as the Fethiye heads, they’re a well known landmark and often used […]

Fethiye Famous Heads: Fatih Sultan Mehmet

Fatih Sultan Mehmet is number 3 in our series about the identity of the busts sitting on their marble plinth overlooking Fethiye harbour, otherwise known to us as the Fethiye heads. Previously, we’ve researched Mehmet Akif Ersoy (writer of today’s Turkish National Anthem and instrumental in the beginnings of the Turkish Republic) and we’ve also written about Osman […]

Fethiye Famous Heads – Osman Bey

Last week, we finally kick-started our new series about the ‘Fethiye heads’ with a bit of information about Mehmet Akif Ersoy. Penning the national anthem of the new Republic of Turkey in the early 1920s naturally gave him his prominent position in modern Turkish history. He was there right at the beginning of Turkey as […]

Fethiye Famous Heads – Mehmet Akif Ersoy

A while back, we said we would be starting a new series on this blog about the famous ‘Fethiye heads.’ I took a photograph of each one and was going to start researching information about each person, finding out why they are important to Turkish and Ottoman history and then there were going to be […]

Istanbul: When Köfte (And A Nice Man) Comes To The Rescue

If you’re a regular reader of Turkey’s For Life, you’ll know it’s not the norm to see ‘people photos’ in our posts. We did a post on our favourite Fethiye helvacı back in May but that’s about it. Well, today, we’re happy to be able to add to that and double our tiny tally of ‘people […]

Around Fethiye: The Fethiye Heads

Today sees the start of yet another new mini-series on Turkey’s For Life. When writing a blog, it’s strange how curious you become about surroundings you’ve always been aware of but never really taken much notice of.  Along Fethiye harbour there are numerous bars, restaurants, street gyms and parks. There’s also a fountain known to […]