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 … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

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 for today, we shall digress. There's someone … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

The Fethiye Heads – Who Are They?

Along Fethiye harbour there are numerous bars, restaurants, street gyms and parks. There's also a monument known to many as the Fethiye heads or more simply, the heads. It's not that we don't take notice of the Fethiye heads. We do. They're a perfect meeting place, 'We'll meet you at the heads at … [Read more...]

Turkish Food: Honey, Nuts and Kriko

'EL-WAJ-EE, EL-WAJ-EE.' Stick around in any of the Fethiye bars and cafes for only a short amount of time and eventually, you will hear a male voice shouting something resembling that sound. This guy is a Fethiye institution; trundling up and down the harbour, around Fethiye Tuesday market and … [Read more...]

How To Pronounce Fethiye

We get lots of questions about how to pronounce Fethiye. The name Fethiye causes lots of amusement for our Turkish friends who listen to Brits, and probably other nationalities too, trying to pronounce it. First of all, Fethiye is actually named after the pilot in the photo above. He is … [Read more...]