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Sunshine in Istanbul!

Posted by   |   April 06th, 2016   |   Categories: News

Springtime has arrived in Istanbul, bringing  sunshine and hope to  put the bad memories of the last months behind us!

Turkish families were out enjoying the sunshine and tulips on Sunday!  Our director Gaye Reeves and staff member Greg Smith took a few hours off to enjoy the sunshine too   Firstly Gulhane Park (translates into Rose Garden!) a beautiful park adjacent to Topkapi Palace  Once used by the sultans and their families it is now enjoyed by Turkish families and tourists alike  Then on for a delicious snack of gozleme (Turkish pancake) and baklava, finally a stroll down the Hippodrome to our favourite restaurant for a glass of wine overlooking the Blue Mosque !

Dont be put off from coming to this amazing city where people are friendly and welcoming   It is one of the most wonderful places to visit, especially in Springtime   You are save and well looked after by us at Turkey Travel Guide!   Contact Gaye for your travel plans!!  

 

Beautiful Tulips!

Beautiful Tulips!

Flower Display

Flower Display

 

Orange tulips and Greg!

Orange tulips and Greg!

Gaye and Tulips!

Gaye and Tulips!

Tulips in the Hippodrome

Tulips in the Hippodrome

Having Fun!

Having Fun!

 

 

View of the Blue Mosque

View of the Blue Mosque

CAMEL WRESTLING!

Posted by   |   April 02nd, 2016   |   Categories: News

Camel wrestling is a long tradition in Turkey.   In the winter months each village holds is festival, which is a big highlight in the year for Turkish villages.    These events  take place only in the Aegean areas from Canakkale to Antalya and is part of long time tradition.  In previous years camels played a big part in village life as work animals, and also for food – for example camel sausages.  It is a continuation of the part of the history of this area.

The price of an excellent wrestling camel can range from 10000 Turkish Lira to a 1000000 for one  who be trained in the methods of wrestling the opposition to the ground.  A match might take place for about say from 5- 20 minutes at the most and the winner is the first camel to put the oppostions neck and shoulders to the ground.  Apart from a lot of salivation and noise its is sport where the animal is rarely injured – perhaps the male pride of the camel or more importantly is owner.

It is a social event where villagers can get together and have fun, to drink raki, meet their friends and listen to the drummers and fluters who roam through  the crowd.  Lots of spontaneous dancing, laughing and enjoying!   At the end of the day the camels parade through the village with everyone  applauding their favourite!

The matches take place during  February and March so if you are lucky enough to be in Turkey during that time, why not take a Village Tour and see one of the great traditions of the Aegean Part of Turkey.   Write to us for details!

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Champions of the Aegean

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Into the Ring!

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Camel hamburger anyone???

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Or perhaps a sausage??

 

 

Winner of our competition !!!

Posted by   |   March 23rd, 2016   |   Categories: News

 

OUR VILLAGE COMPETITION !

This weekend I went down to Gokkaya to visit Serher and Ibrahim and below are photos of them receiving the balance of the money raised in our fundraiser effort.  Altogether they received a total of 25,000 TL which is a great start to the rebuilding of their home. They asked me to send on their love and thanks to all those who took part.     The winner was Sue Price from Melbourne with ticket no. 75!

While in the village I had a chance to see something that is quite unique to Turkey – camel wrestling and some photos are attached.  (Note the only thing that gets hurt during the wrestling is the camels male pride!)

It was great to see so many of our guests and friends at The Dog on 5 February – former guests who met in the hotel had a chance to catch up again, and  others to get together and talk about their travels!

Turkey, as I am sure you are aware, is going through tough times at the moment (as is the rest of the world!) dealing with a huge influx of refugees (and generously assisting them) and the recent terrorist attacks in Ankara and Istanbul.  These have taken their toll on  tourism and in turn affecting the lives of many people.   However in reality Turkey is still a great place to visit, the people are warm and welcoming and these days of turmoil as safe as anywhere else in Europe.

So please share your experiences with people who are still keen on visiting this amazing country!

Love to you all and sincere thanks from myself and our family

Gaye Reeves

Ayasofya Hotel/Turkey Travel Guide

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The new roof started             

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Serher & Ibrahim with Sues photo and receiving funds from our raffle!

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Hava, Serhars  Mother!  She is nearly 80 but is the matriarch of the family!

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Serhar s son Gokhan, with his cousins Hasan, Mehmet Zuyal and Hava!

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In the ring and ready to wrestle!      

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 A Champion!

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Camel Sausage anyone!!!

Camel Wrestling is a part of the culture of the Aegean Western part of Turkey!  Villages hold their competitions during February and March.  The camel who wrestles is competitors neck and shoulders to the ground is the winner.!  There is lots of snorting and dribbling – both by the camels and the onlooker!  Musicians with their drums and pipes move through the crowd and there is a cocophany of noise and colour!   At the end of the day all the camels walk through the streets of the village – of course everyone is out to watch them pass by and enjoy the spectacle!

 

 

 

 

WIN A TRIP TO TURKEY – HELP OUR VILLAGE FAMILY

Posted by   |   December 04th, 2015   |   Categories: News

CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP AROUND TURKEY AND HELP OUR VILLAGE FAMILY!
Our vIllage family, Serher and IbrahIm Demir, lost their home and all the familys possessıons in a fire which burnt their home last week ! Serher and Ibrahim have been our hosts for our tours over the last 5 years and have opened up their home and hearts to our visitors.
Although they do receive some assistance from the local council with the re-building the shell of their home they need help to refit and to replace all their furniture. I would like to repay their kindnesses to our guests by organising a draw for a 2 week holiday in Turkey for 2 persons during 2016, This raffle should raise enough money for them to rebuild what they have lost and get back on their feet again.
This offer is being made to our friends and families and to our previous guests who may like to re-visit Turkey again, or to pass the prize on to a member of their own family! Could also be a great idea for a Christmas Voucher for one of your family!
We are offering just 400 tickets at 100AUD each and in return our guests will go into a draw to win a 10 day tour of Turkey to be taken at any time that suits in 2016.   *Equivalent in other currencies!
The prize includes:
2 International Return Economy flights to Istanbul from your nominated capıtal cıty in Australia
5 nights Accommodatıon in Sultanahmet Istanbul
A guided walkıng tour of the old City of Istanbul
A Bosphorus Cruıse
A Back Street Bazaar Walk
Guided Small Group tours on a 9-10 day itinerary around – (see example ıtınerary)
Bus travel and transport while on your tour
Internal Air Flıghts withIn Turkey
Basic TURSAB insurance,

So not only can you have the chance to visit this exciting country & at the same time help our village family get their life back to normal.

ITINERARY    TWO WEEK TURKEY OF TURKEY FOR 2 PERSONS – 2016
Day 1 Arrival into Istanbul –Transfer to Hotel in Old City of Sultanahmet
Day 2 Private Walking Tour of the Old City
Day 3 Free Day or Hosted Walk of your choice!
Day 4 Depart for Gallipoli Battlefields Tour – Overnight Harbourside Hotel
Day 5 Tour of Troy – Drive to Gokkoya Village – Overnight stay
(Meet our Serhar and Ibrahim and the family)
Day 6 Drive to Ephesus, via Odemis and Sardis – Overnight Selcuk
Day 7 Tour of Ancient Ephesus – Overnight Selcuk Ephesus
Day 8 Tour of Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Overnight Selcuk
Day 9 Flight to Cappadocia – Free time
Day 10 Sunrise Balloon Flight – Tour of Cappadocia
Day 11 Tour of Cappadocia
Day 12 Flight to Istanbul – Free afternoon
Day 13 Free day for shopping and sightseeing
Day 14 Transfer to Airport for Internernational flight

JUST WRITE TO [email protected] FOR YOUR ENTRY FORM.

PRICE OF ENTRY   100 AUD – PAYABLE TO AUD ACCOUNT IN AUSTRALIA OR BY CREDIT CARD
RECEIPT AND TICKET PROVIDED ON PAYMENT
GAYE REEVES WILL BE DRAWING THE TICKET ON FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY
DANCING DOG CAFE AND GALLERY FOOTSCRAY, MELBOURNE

*FOR THOSE WHO HAVE VISITED TURKEY BEFORE WE CAN ADJUST IT TO INCLUDE OTHER SIGHTS AND ADVENTURES!

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