Souvenir Shopping In Fethiye – 2 Ways To Keep It Local, Fethiyespor-Style

This is a blog post prompted by a couple of conversations that have cropped up with visiting friends over the last week. At first, this post was going to be a quick update on our Turkey's For Life Facebook page but then, the more it unfolded in 'head writing,' the longer the update looked. Hence, … [Read more...]

A Piece Of Historic Izmir: Kızlarağası Hanı

This time last week, we were telling you about how we got ourselves happily lost in the warren of streets that is Izmir's Kemeraltı. Many of the streets are covered with mesh and vines to keep them shaded, so it's even more difficult to get your bearings because, at times, you can't see any of the … [Read more...]

Istanbul: Egyptian Spice Bazaar In Black & White

Istanbul has done what it does best and once again pushed itself to the forefront of our minds. That's what this city does to you, and at this point, we'd love the next clause of this sentence to read, 'so we've decided to go back there this weekend.' But that's not going to happen. There are nine … [Read more...]

Fethiye Photo: Turkish Lanterns – A Kaleidoscope Of Colour

For last Friday's Fethiye photo, we were up the hill in Taşyaka, celebrating summer with a vibrant Sundial sunflower. For today's photo, we're back at sea level, in the centre of Fethiye, at one of our favourite haunts, Mozaik Bahçe. We were there on Wednesday night for a meal and have lots of … [Read more...]

Istanbul – Eminönü’s Alternative Souvenirs

Souvenir shopping; it's never been something that tops our agenda while exploring new places. In fact, it doesn't even make our agenda, most of the time - but Istanbul is different. Istanbul has the power to tempt even the most reluctant of shoppers (that'll be us) to part with even just a little of … [Read more...]

Turkish Souvenirs: Istanbul Ceramic

We've been looking forward to doing this post for some time for a couple of reasons. The first reason is because of the visual effect - I'm a sucker for mixed, vivid colours. The second is because all these mixed, vivid colours spill from our friend's shop in Kapalı Çarşısı (known as the Grand … [Read more...]

Turkish Food: Celebrating Turşu In Istanbul

People who read this blog a lot will know that we have a bit of a 'thing' for Turkish pickles. Type pickles into our search box on the left and you will see the list of posts we've done in celebration of the tantalising taste of fruit and vegetables preserved in vinegar. Even the thought of it now … [Read more...]

How To Make Turkish Coffee

On our latest trip to Istanbul, we paid a visit to the historic headquarters of Turkey's most famous ground coffee producer, Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi and Barry bought a small packet of ground Turkish coffee to bring back to Fethiye; a souvenir of our time in Istanbul. It seemed a shame to do … [Read more...]

Turkish Coffee – Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi

The Turks are very proud of their coffee and describe Turkish coffee as their gift to the world. Ask anyone in Turkey what the most famous brand of Turkish coffee is and, without hesitation, the reply will be Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. These days, under the ownership of Mehmet Efendi's … [Read more...]

Üzümlü Dastar – A Local Craft

When we posted about the Üzümlü Mushroom Festival, I mentioned that the whole event was a great opportunity for Üzümlü to show itself off to all the visitors who attended the three-day event. So, not only were we treated to a feast of morel mushrooms, but we got a chance to view a local craft that … [Read more...]