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Posted by   |   April 25th, 2016   |   Categories: News


Istanbuls third bridge is due to open 2017 and this weekend we went to see how this new bridge, the third over the Bosphorus, is progressing.

At the end of the road overlooking the Black Sea and the Bosphorus is the small village of Garipci (meaning small orphan in Turkısh).  This previously quiet tiny fishing village has had its life turned upside down by this massive project.  Formerly a place where people went for a nice Sunday drive Garıpci is now a place  to see this awesome structure!

This project has brought new opportunities to Garıpci! Little breakfast (khavalti) salons have opened up, enterprising teenagers are offering rowboat rides out into the edges of the Bosphorus to see the structure clearly from the water, and the existing restaurants have had to increase their capacity to cope with increased numbers of visitors,

Village ladies are sellıng jams (reçel) olives and home made breads and carts are selling the first melons of the season, soon will be watermelons and summer fruits.   The organic home produce sales are now flourishing!

The bridge structure is visible as you approach Garipci along the European side of the Bosphorus from Sariyer and Rumelı Kavagi – it takes your breath away with its tall imposing towers and and support struts.  When it opens in 2017 with its 433 kilometer motorway and entrances it will ease dramatically the chaotic traffic of Istanbul.  It is expected that travel time to Izmir, a city on the Aegean and the 3rd largest in Turkey, will be reduced to approx 3.5  hours, a dramatic decrease from the current 8-9 hours, and also provide access to Bursa and surroundıng provinces.

The last bridge deck was installed on Thursday, makıng it the 4th longest suspension bridge with the largest central span in the World. The name of the Bridge was confirmed as Osman Gazi Bridge after Ertugruloglu Osman Gazi the leader of the Ottoman Turks, and founder of the precurser to the Ottoman Dynasty which lasted six centuries until its abolition in 1924 and the establishment of the Republic of Turkey.  He was born in 1258 and died in 1326 in Bursa.

Flying into Istanbul before landing  at  Ataturk Airport the sight  of the Bosphorus with its three stunning bridges, and the view over the old city ıs one of the most breathtaking view of the World!    Visitors can also see all three bridges by taking an afternoon Boshporus Cruise, departing each day from the old city of Sultanahmet. 


Roadworks to brıdge

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Tower on European sıde

Black Sea European sıde

Black Sea European Side

Black Sea Asıan Sıde

Black Sea Coast Asıan Sıde

Ladıes sellıng produce at Garipcı

Ladıes sellıng produce at Garipcı

Restaurant Garepcı

Restaurant Garepcı

Old Fıshıng Board

Old Fıshıng Board

Boats at Garepcı

Fıshıng Boats Rumeli Kavagi



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


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



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!





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