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Summer Part One – The Last Two Months In Fethiye

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It’s another of those Fethiye news posts where we need to squish two months into one. Life is just like that these days.

Lots going on that we want to blog about. Lots happening that isn’t for the blog. And then we take a short break in Datça.

Before we know it, two months have whizzed on by.

So, here we are, half way through the summer season. Let’s have a look at a few of the things we’ve got up to over the last few weeks…

Events Around Town

If you’re interested in attending events around the Fethiye area then keep an eye on our Fethiye events calendar so that you don’t miss out.

Benyamin Sönmez Classical Music Festival
We opted for a sunset recital at Çalış Beach

Over the last couple of months, we’ve had the Benyamin Sönmez Classical Music Festival.

Musicians from around Turkey perform sunset recitals in different areas of Fethiye and big stage events take place at Beşkaza Meydanı each evening of the event.

This year, we chose to go to the sunset recital at Çalış Beach. Beautiful cello music with the backdrop of one of the most famous sunsets in Turkey.

Difficult to beat.

In Paspatur, we’ve had a Whirling Dervish display and also a gastro shopping event. We were unable to make it to either of these, unfortunately.

Happy Birthday, Fethi Bey Park

Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı Pond
The Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı pond is a peaceful place to sit

Yes, July was the month that greeted the first anniversary of the official opening of our local Şehit Fethi Bey Park.

If anyone had any doubts as to whether or not the park would be well used and well cared for, we all now know the answer now.

A regular thoroughfare for us, the place is packed on summer evenings and winter weekends. There’s always security personnel around and the gardeners work daily, keeping the gardens in check.

It’s already a much-loved space by many.

Fethiyespor Fixtures

Nearly time for Fethiyespor football team to begin their new (hopefully short) career in League 3.

The fixtures are out, and, for now, the 2019-2020 campaign will begin on September 1st. No kick off times as yet.

As soon as all is more settled (things change a lot with lower league football at this stage of the year), we’ll be doing our full fixtures list.

Even then, keep an eye on those fixtures if you’re intending to go to a match. They can – and do – change at short notice.

Beach Day, Anyone?

Küçük Boncuklu From Fethiye Peninsula
Looking down over Küçük Boncuklu from the peninsula

If you’re fancying a day at the beach, don’t forget we have a dedicated page about the beaches of Fethiye.

Nothing stays still for long in this town – names change and businesses come and go. In early June, we went out trudging, noting and photographing new beach names so that our page is right up to date.

Eating In

In the summer months, we don’t tend to get to the Tuesday market or the Sunday market much – it’s just so hot.

Fruit and veg shopping is usually completed at the stalls near the fish market in town.

Shopping At Çalış Sunday Market
Shopping at the Sunday market in Çalış

However, particularly on the Sunday market, we now have a little bank of stalls that are all close to each other and that sell all the goodies we need.

A quick dash in and out before we wilt in the heat.

And ,as far as eating in is concerned, if you follow us on Instagram, you’ll know we’ve been making lots of salads of late.

We’ve recently discovered a new salad which is a current favourite (aren’t all salads favourites at some point?). We’ll be posting the recipe for that in our next article.

Needless to say, it champions seasonal Turkish products.

But anyway, what else has been on the menu? ‘Tis the season of the nectarine so my breakfasts have been pretty much sewn up.

A chopped up nectarine, topped with a generous blob of local natural yoghurt and drizzled with local honey. Perfect!

A Turkish Kısır Recipe
Put a spoonful of kısır onto a lettuce leaf, wrap and eat. Yummy!

The Turkish bulgur wheat salad, called kısır, has been a pretty regular feature this year.

Green lentil salad has been a close second, too, as has our tangy chickpea salad.

Turkish Green Beans In Olive Oil Recipe - Zeytinyagli Taze Fasulye
Green beans in olive oil – dressed to impress

Green beans in olive oil always make for a tasty light summer dish.

And, where yoghurt is concerned, as well as the breakfast dish, geren and good old haydari have made an appearance on the (lunch and) dinner table, too.

Eating (& Drinking) Out

We’re always out and about somewhere but places of note for the last couple of months would have to be:

Lukka Bar have been showing the cricket and they showed Wimbledon, too, so we’ve found ourselves ambling along the beach to watch bits of those events.

The scampi is still on form.

Lukka Cafe Bar & Restaurant Scampi
Lukka restaurant does a great scampi

Lokum Kokoreç is one of our current favourite places for a snack.

If kokoreç isn’t your thing, they now also do sucuk ekmek, köfte and midye dolma (stuffed mussels). Inside is lovely and cool so it’s great for a daytime visit, too.

Cafe Park Teras Mexican Beef Wrap
A packed Mexican beef wrap at Cafe Park Teras

We’ve also been to Cafe Park Teras to enjoy their food menu. And then there’s our old favourite; the old town Paspatur stalwart that is Deep Blue Bar.

No longer the night owls we used to be, shaded summer afternoons in Paspatur are always pleasurable.

On The Blog

Of course, we’ve still been doing our Saturday jigsaws. As we’ve been in Datça, we decided to have a couple of scenes from there, recently.

If you’ve missed any of those, they’re all available to play on the Fethiye jigsaw page.

Away from tips on what to see and do in Fethiye, we’ve also started working on other areas of Turkey.

We’ve listed our ideas for things to do in Dalyan. And, from there, we’ve also finally managed to find the time to sit down and tell you why you should visit the Kaunos ruins, just across the river from Dalyan centre.

Kaunos Temple Dalyan
The temple of Zeus at Kaunos

Oh, and as you know, we’re very much slow travellers and use public transport most of the time.

If you’re a public transport supporter, too, we’ve updated our post about how to get to Dalyan from Fethiye by bus.

Instagram’s Favourite Fethiye Photo

Quite apt that the favourite photo on Instagram came on the last day of July and it’s a Paspatur scene, taken from Deep Blue Bar.

Paspatur, Fethiye
Looking down the street from Deep Blue Bar

Lots of hanging vines around there at the moment which provide a lovely dappled shade. Click here if you want to follow us on Instagram.

And that about wraps up the last couple of months, really. It’s already August and the hot temperatures are in full flow.

We’ve got friends here for the last couple of weeks of this month so no doubt we’ll be finding ourselves at random establishments and places that are not the norm for us.

We’ll let you know at the end of the month…

Next post: Look out for our new recipe.

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