Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Various Shots Along Kuşadası's Seafront

We will start off at the point most people consider to be the central point along the seafront, with its focal point of the hand containing the doves of peace.
As you can see as you look along the edge of the promenade, sitting on the numerous benches, looking out to see, is a favourite pastime.
 That's one bright colourful piece of play equipment with a fantastic view.
 The next two photos are showing parts of the street that runs alongside the Marina and Marina Shopping Centre.
We have now walked back to the Hand Of Peace and have continued on in the direction of the Cruise Terminal.
 The other main area along the seafront is the large square containing Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's Statue.
 I took this shot as it just said to me "That is some security for the Bank!"
 We are now in the Fisherman's Square containing the fish market, various fish restaurants......
 and a relatively new fountain, which adds an additional focal point to this area, which has had a recent renovation.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Cruise Ship Terminal End Of Kuşadası Seafront

Most people know of Pigeon Island located to the right of the Cruise Ship Terminal, but there are some other lovely views this end too.  We have some pretty large cruise ships docking here, and this view with the town in the background really gives you a sense of scale.
 It would be lovely to see this clock tower renovated, the colours of the glass are beautiful.
Here you can see the clock tower in the centre of this shot.  We are currently looking back on the road that leads from the Cruise Terminal to Pigeon Island.
 This guy has a big staining job on his hands?
 In the distance you can see Snake Peninsula- Yılançı Burnu, which can be found past Pigeon Island.
 The land connecting the mainland to Snake Peninsula is now home to clubs and restaurants.
This area of sea is very popular with local scuba divers.

Friday, 8 November 2013

One Man Printing Press

Something that I had never seen, other than on television, before coming to Turkey, was a printing press, a craft that is still very much used every day.  We came across such a printers on our visit to Söke, again the man there was very pleased that we were showing an interest in what he was doing and was eager to have his photo taken.
One of the friends who was with us that day used to work in printing in the UK and has helped me find out a bit about this type of printing press.  These machines were common in the late 19th and 20th Centuries and were known as a Jobbing Press, Job Press or Jobber as they were designed to be used by a pressman for small jobs as opposed to long print runs or newspapers.  The basic principle of the machine is that a bed of type is set up, covered in ink and then paper is sandwiched between this and a flat metal plate called a platen, to transfer the type to the paper.  The power for this operation is carried out by a hand lever.

Güvercenli Park, Kuşadası

Güvercinli Park - Pigeon Park, on the seafront at Kuşadası was officially opened in 2011 after a total renovation.  The park is situated between the cruise ship terminal and Pigeon Island a famous landmark of Kuşadası.  The translation of Kuşadası is 'Bird Island' so birds and especially pigeons are a prominent symbol around the town.

 I just love the placing of this Pirate themed piece of play equipment in the park being overlooked by the visiting cruise ships, to me it somehow adds an extra touch to its location.

Monday, 4 November 2013

The Kiosk

Walking around Turkey you will not have to go far before you will come across a street kiosk, selling all the basics that you may need, bottles of water, sweets, crisps, biscuits, soft drinks, cigarettes, etc. The owner of this one had been watching me take photos of the man selling fish on the other side of the path.  As soon I had finished he was calling me over to take his photo too.

The Corner Shop

This is one of those little shops that every town used to have, but which are now becoming few and far between.  This one looks as if it has been on this street in Söke, Aydın, forever.  Being able to study it in more detail on the computer I have been able to read and translate some of the labels of the items for sale.  How many other items can you find?
Kostik, Sabun Kostic - Costic Lye Soap, used in the process of preserving olives for eating, the lye helps remove the bitter taste from the fresh olives.  Lye is also valued for its cleaning properties due to the fact it is good at dissolving grease.

Köy Sabunu - Village soap, locally produced soap mostly made from olive oil.

Naftalin - chemical used for fumigation against clothes moths.

Misir Unu - cornflower

Erten Kahve - coffee beans with the brand name Erten.

Sirkeci Ali - appears to be the owners name although it is written with his surname first, so we would say Ali Sirkeci.  His last name Sirkeci possible comes from Sirkeci which is an area in the Eminönü neighbourhood of the Fatih district of Istanbul in Turkey.

Pudra Şeker - powder sugar or icing sugar.

Çaykur - Is Turkey's largest producer of Turkish tea (Çay).

Pak Maya - pure yeast

Yerli Zeytenyağlı - domestic olive oil, home produced.

Last Nights Catch

Turkish people just love their fish, especially in the summer the evening air is often heavily scented with the smell of barbecuing fish.  With the fishing season in full swing at the moment, it runs from 1st September to December, you don't have to look to far to find fish for sale.

This man, had set up his stall on the side of the path, under a shady tree in Söke, Aydın and was keen to show off his fish for a photo.

Quilting By Hand

This lovely man seemed quite pleased when I stopped him from his work to take his photo, if nothing else it gave his fingers a rest for a few minutes.  I had been watching him through the window of his shop in Söke, Aydın, for several minutes his hands and fingers were moving so fast.  Quilted bed covers are very popular here in Turkey, the brighter the colour or the more ornate the better.  This man's speciality seems to be to keep the colours simple but allow the stitching of the quilting to speak out.
It was lovely to see that there are still some people quilting by hand and that this industry has not been gobbled up by automation, just yet.

Overflowing Wool Shop

We came across this wool shop in Söke, Aydın, with just a small selection of wool!!  Turkey is one of the top 5 producers of raw wool in the world and so you have no problem finding plenty of wool here, in any colour, texture, or thickness that you require.  I have been told by several people in the UK that they consider Turkish wool to be of very good quality and value for money.

I would love to know if they pack all this wool away each night, and come to that, where they manage go put it!

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In connection with wool, I would kindly ask that you take a moment to visit my friends blog LILY - Love In The Language Of Yarn.

This lovely lady Dianne has set up a charity here in Turkey to provide much needed woollen blankets and other supplies to the children of the Syrian Refugees.


She has built up quite a following around the world with many people sending her knitted or crochet squares and even whole blankets, each week for this cause.

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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Small Woodworkers Shop In Söke, Aydın

"Woodworking requires a completely different kind of thinking and problem-solving ability than writing. With writing, you take a set of facts and ideas, and you reason your way forward to a story that pulls them together. With woodworking, you start with an end product in mind, and reason your way backward to the raw wood."  Joshua Foer
We came across this small woodworkers shop on our walk around the town.
The woods used in woodworking in Turkey today, include walnut, apple, pear, cedar, ebony, rosewood, boxwood, oak, pine, poplar, cypress and beach.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Kuşadası, Home Of Some Very Large Flags!

The 29th October is Republic Day here in Turkey and this year was the 90th Anniversary.  On this day in 1923 Turkey became a Republic after its victory in the War of Independence 1919 to 1923.  A new constitution was adopted by Parliament to replace the previous one of the Ottoman Empire.  Mustafa Kemal Atatürk became Turkey's first president on this day also.  So the two main symbols to commemorate this day are the Turkish Flag and pictures of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
There is a storm drain that runs along the centre of one of the main streets from the Council Chambers which had several flags along its path.

This statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and a Representation of the Turkish Youth, on the seafront, is a focal point for all major events in Kuşadası.  Flowers are another one of the traditions of Turkey which in this case have been left at the Statue by various companies, organisations and individuals.
 Now this is one seriously big flag!

Today is also a Bank Holiday in Turkey so several families were out and about in the Autumn sunshine, this family had stopped to by some simits, bread rings covered in sesame seeds, from a street vendor.

 Here you can see a fairly new addition to the seafront with this nautical themed fountain