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

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