September In Fethiye – Some Highs, Some Lows

It's that time again - time for a an update of Fethiye news from the last four weeks. September is that wonderful time of year for Fethiye - the month where the intense heat slowly disappears from the sun and we're left with bright, breezy days. It's still beach weather but the freshness in the … [Read more...]

Yeşil Üzümlü Mushroom Festival 2015 – It Was All About The Music

How many years have we been doing an annual troop up to the Yeşil Üzümlü Mushroom Festival? A good few, now. Well, it's the event that heralds spring for us, really. It's changed a lot over those years - the event is slightly different each time, and, let's face it, we all change and get older. A … [Read more...]

Winter Day Trips From Fethiye – Just Enjoying Üzümlü

After a recent drive to the snow in the mountains around Kırkpınar, we wanted to show our friends the village of Üzümlü; further down the mountain, so much warmer, but still higher than Fethiye. The air is cooler but we still had enough daylight left to have a quick wander around before the sun went … [Read more...]

Üzümlü Mushroom Festival: The Opening Ceremony

Over the last weekend, the village of Üzümlü once again hosted the exodus of visitors from Fethiye and environs who were going to enjoy the 4th Yeşil Üzümlü Mushroom Festival. In past years, we've headed up there with friends on the final day, the Sunday, and got fully and enthusiastically behind … [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...]

Turkish Food: Osmanlı Macunu

We were chatting with a friend a few nights ago about how Turkey seems to be rediscovering and embracing old traditions. 11 years ago, we came to Fethiye on holiday and smoked a nargile (water pipe), only to be told by waiters, 'Oh, we have those just for the tourists. Nobody smokes nargile any … [Read more...]

Seasonal Food in Turkey: Morel Mushrooms (Kuzu Göbeği)

In Turkey, the morel mushroom is known as Kuzu Göbeği; Lamb's Stomach mushroom - and we're surmising this is because of the appearance of the mushroom. The texture and patterns on the cap resemble tripe (cow's stomach lining) and maybe the stomach lining of a lamb is similar. Despite the presence … [Read more...]

3rd Üzümlü Mushroom Festival 2011

The third Üzümlü Mushroom Festival took place over three days from 8th-10th April and it was eagerly awaited by us and our friends because we'd had such a good time last year. When we were at the 2010 Üzümlü Mushroom Festival, as the sun began to set, one of our friends discovered a home made wine … [Read more...]

Fethiye Festive Season – Photo Story

I love this photo and as we've just woken up to the second day of Advent and the UK and much of northern Europe is covered in snow, I've taken the opportunity to use it. I'm hoping it will help us to feel more wintery and festive in a still very mild Fethiye. I took the photo when we were part of … [Read more...]

Exploring The Ruins Of Cadianda, Near Üzümlü – It’s A Must

Wow! If you've never made it up to the ancient settlement of Cadianda (Kadyanda) and you like a bit of trekking, panoramic views over Fethiye and the Xanthos Valley, and the odd Roman ruin to boot, you've got to get yourself up there! Exploring The Cadianda Ruins (Kadyanda)  We'd lived in Fethiye … [Read more...]