Sunday, 25 November 2012

Fishing Boat On The Beach

If you go for a walk along the seashore here in Turkey, you will often see small fishing boats pulled up on the beach, waiting for the next fishing trip.

The name of the boat translated is Anatolian Tiger.

This fishing net looks like it is going to take a bit of unravelling.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

B-boying In Turkey

B-boying or breakdancing is a style of street dancing that originates from New York Cities African American and Latino youths during the early 1970's.  The Saray Restaurant here in Kuşadası, Turkey, has had a Turkish troup of local youths entertaining the diners during the summer months.  

There routine starts with the group donning white masks, and performing dance moves, which is referred to as 'Top Rock'

One of the breakers then went onto demonstrate the 'Power Move' headspin, where he spun round on his head.

Another form of move is the 'Freeze' where the breaker suspends himself off the ground using his upper body strength to pose.

It is amazing to see the control that these breakers have to undertake these moves in the middle of a busy restaurant.

Here is another one of the 'Power Moves' know as the windmill,

and this one is the swipe.

This 'Freeze' requires incredible upper body strength and appears to defy gravity.

Some of the moves are acrobatic.

This move called 'Downrock' requires the breaker to balance on his hands whilst threading his legs through each other.

In this move the breaker was bouncing on his hand to move his body around the floor to the beat of the music.

The 'Suicide Move' is where the breaker appears to loose control and fall, before taking control before hitting the floor.

This breaker was performing hand bouncing while proceeding to remove his t-shirt,

and then his trainers and trousers....

Here is some more of the 'Windmill Power Move'.

Belly Dancing In Turkey

During the summer months, in most of the restaurants in our local holiday resort of Kuşadası, you will see the brightly coloured belly dancers twirling around between the tables and waiters.

It is said that today's Turkish belly dancing may have been influenced by Arabic styles from before the Ottoman Empire as well as well as Egyptian, Lebanese and Syrian styles.

The Turkish belly dancing costume is know as 'bedlah style', which includes a fitted top or bra, a fitted hip belt or sewn into the skirt or harem pants.  The skirt or harem pants are decorated with a fringe, sometimes with the addition of beads or coins and the fitted top or bras are decorated with sequins, braid or embroidery.

These photos were all taken at the Saray Restaurant in the Kaleçi (Old Town) of Kuşadası.