Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Eating Out - Arnavut Ciğeri - Fried Calves Liver and Onions

At one of our local restaurants 'Agora 2' one of my favourite dishes is Arnavut Ciğeri - fried calves liver and onions. The calves liver is tossed in a mixture of flour, salt, pepper and paprika before being sauteed.  It is traditionally served with a garnish of thinly sliced red onions mixed with chopped parsley and sprinkled with sumac, a tangy dark-red spice common in the East.  And of course chips, the Turkish do so love their chips.

If you ever find yourself in Guzelçamlı, on the Aegean Coast of Turkey, please look out for Agora 2 Pansion located on the seafront opposite the Marina.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Aerial Fire Fighters

One of the most important services here in Turkey are the Aerial Fire Fighters who have to be on call throughout the long hot summers here to attend to fires that can start up in the most in accessible places.  One group of these Fire Fighters are based closed to us in Selçuk and spend the spring practising their manoeuvers along the coast near our house.  I was fortunate to be at the beach yesterday so managed to get these shots.  The action was going on a quite a distance from the shore so they are not the best of shots, but I hope give a sense of the action.  The only thing I wish you could have heard is the sound of the engines as the plane starts to throttle up to lift off the water, you can almost feel the deep throbbing of the engines.

The planes used are Canadair CL-215's, nicknamed 'Scooper' for more information on these planes please follow this link:

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Guzelçamlı Coastline on a Spring Day

The view along the coastline from Davultar to Guzelçamlı on a beautiful spring day.

Heading Out For The Day

An Oceanis 473 Clipper from the Beneteau Shipyard in Saint Ville-Croix-de-Vie, Vendee, France, heading out of Kuşadası Marina for a day out in the beautiful spring sunshine.

Take A Pew And Enjoy The View

One of the many benches along the seafront at Kuşadası, this one gives you a lovely view of Pigeon Island.

Kuşadası's Coast Guard

Kuşadası's Coast Guard out on patrol, with Pigeon Island in the background in this first shot.

The Turkish Coast Guard is part of the Turkish Armed Forces and was established in 1859.

This vessel is a SAR 33 Class Patrol Vessel.  It has a speed range of 33 knots, 450 miles at 24 kts, and a crew of 24.  The prototype of this vessel was designed by Erbil Sertel, a renowned Turkish Navel Engineer and built by Abeking & Rasumssen.