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Nine Things To Know About Turkish Culture

Nine Things To Know About Turkish Culture

The gateway between the Middle East and Europe, a vast and diverse country, Turkey stands at a crossroads of cultures and traditions solidified over hundreds of years of different empires and influences resulting in a huge variety of customs and local traditions that you should be aware of depending on where abouts in the country you find yourself. Highlighting the key differences between Turkey and what you come to expect as the norm back home, we blog to make your move to Turkey easier, your purchase of a house smoother, and your transition into life in Turkey a seamless and easy process. Think we have missed something from our list? Comment and let us know your experiences of culture in Turkey. 


Seven Turkish Festivals you don’t want to miss in 2014

Seven Turkish Festivals you don’t want to miss in 2014

A country so diverse and widespread, Turkey hosts over a thousand festivals every year - giving you a wealth of options to explore and embrace some Turkish culture while you are here. As expected, summer is prime festival season. While cosmopolitan Istanbul is the cultural centre of it all with several hundred festivals in the city alone, you can also venture out to destinations in Cappadocia or the sunny Aegean coast for a range of festivals and sunny delights to enjoy. We’ve narrowed down the list of options to give you our highlights of what to expect and what to put on your list to visit this summer. From live improvised jazz, oiled-up men wrestling like gladiators, and fun activities - these are just a few offerings in a mixed lineup of events


Amazing Breakfast and History at the only Nomadic Museum in Turkey

Amazing Breakfast and History at the only Nomadic Museum in Turkey

Planning a trip to Fethiye anytime soon? Make sure you do not miss out on the Nomadic Museum, dedicated to the Yoruks. Local Turk, Enver Yalcin realised the importance of the historical nomadic tribes of this region in Turkey and decided not to let their rich culture go unnoticed by the tourists and travellers who come to this part of the world. He developed the first museum of nomads in Turkey, with particular homage to the Yoruk nomads of his native Fethiye area. You won’t want to miss this important cultural time capsule if you are in the Fethiye region - a must see for anyone who appreciates history.


Topkapi Palace: seat of an empire

Topkapi Palace: seat of an empire

Turkey's largest city, Istanbul is home to many gems and beautiful sites that attract millions every year to the city. However, not many are as grand as Topkapi Palace - designed and built by Sultan Mehmed II in 1459 and completed some six years later, the palace, when it was completed, was surrounded by five kilometres of walls and occupied an area of 700,000 square metres - a stunning site back then, and still today. Any visit to Istanbul is an empty visit unless you take in the breathtaking Topkapi Palace. Here is our total guide to getting the most out of your visit. 


Hobbies and activities for Expats in Turkey

Hobbies and activities for Expats in Turkey

Are you an expat, traveller, or tourist in Turkey looking for things to do or see while on this side of the world? In this blog we give you our top hobbies and activities to undertake whilst in Turkey - some that might be obvious, some not so. A large percentage of foreigners in Turkey are either retired or cannot work legally in the country for one reason or another, so what do you do with your time if this is the scenario you find yourself in? At some point, dreams of sitting by the pool, basking in the sun while sipping on a glass of wine soon become monotonous. Find out how to keep yourself entertained here. 


Istanbul for food lovers: the coolest food tours and culinary courses in the city

Istanbul for food lovers: the coolest food tours and culinary courses in the city

Anyone who has been to Turkey will know one thing - Turks know how to cook, and cook well. From authentic Turkish dishes to extravagant modern twists in cuisine, food in Turkey whets the appetite as much as any dish from around the world. In this blog we present our top five Turkish food tours in Istanbul, as well as a range of different places where you can try your hand at learning how to cook in Istanbul and prepare your very own Turkish dishes. Put your chef hat on and prepare to feel very hungry, an empty stomach is not advised when reading this. 


11 weird destinations you’ve never heard of Turkey

11 weird destinations you’ve never heard of Turkey

Taking a look at Turkey's weird and wonderful, here are 11 travel destinations you might not have heard of, but are definitely more than worth a visit when in Turkey. From the spooky, to the weird, to the wonderful, there are many Turkish gems to gaze upon or experience in this vast nation. With many historic and ancient monuments, there was bound to be some with more than just a back story that attracts the tourists every year. Before you read, write down some of the weird destinations you know in Turkey or have experienced first hand when in Turkey and see if your list matches up with ours - or if we have left anything out! Let us know. 


Delights of the Turkish Hamam, amazing baths

Delights of the Turkish Hamam, amazing baths

A tradition dating back more than 300 years, Turkish Hamams are found all over the country and enjoyed by millions of people every year. Offering the ultimate in relaxation and an intimate experience in bathing, the Turkish bath has historically been not only a place to cleanse and ease muscle pain, but a core nucleus to social life in Turkey - a place where political opinions were aired, news is shared, and more. A trip to Turkey without experiencing the pleasure of the Hamam would be a trip wasted. A guide to Turkish Hamams and what makes these amazing baths just that - amazing. 


Enjoy some Greek in Turkey from Bodrum to Kayakoy

Enjoy some Greek in Turkey from Bodrum to Kayakoy

Being neighbouring countries, and with such a rich and intertwined history between the two, you are bound to see Turkish influences on Greek lifestyle, monuments and buildings, and vice versa with Greek influences in Turkish way of life, houses and culture. In this blog, we take a deep look into the influence Greece has had on the formation of two of Turkey's most loved regions - Bodrum and Kayakoy in particular. Stretching all the way back to the Ottoman Empire and beyond, you just might be surprised at what we have managed to dig up from the past in this fascinating read on the historical guidance that came to shape Turkey today. 


Get Cultured in Istanbul

Get Cultured in Istanbul

Straddling two different continents, home to over 12 million residents, Turkey's largest and busiest city - you might think that life in Istanbul could be a bit overwhelming, not knowing which area to visit or which district is best for certain pasttimes. In this blog we give you inside knowledge to surviving Istanbul and experience Turkish culture like never before. From trendy districts such as Bahcesehir or Cihangir, to where old meets new in Cukurcuma, Istanbul is awash with a history like no other city - come explore with us. 


Architectural Styles of Turkey Ottomans to today

Architectural Styles of Turkey Ottomans to today

With so much history attached to Turkey, it is no surprise that Turkish architecture has been influenced over the years by many different factors and styles. This is from original and traditional pieces starting from the Ottoman houses, to the fall of the Empire introducing a new generation of architecture and to the current period of modern metamorphosis of Turkish design taking the nation into the 21st century and beyond as a trend-setter in style and exciting presentation. Lets take a look at the historical and future look of architectural property styles in Turkey. 


Turkish Tea for Two and Why it is a Cultural Practise

Turkish Tea for Two and Why it is a Cultural Practise

You may think that Brits drink a lot of tea, however the number one drinkers of tea around the world, are those in Turkey. Somewhat of a tradition in Turkey, tea is consumed by millions on daily basis - from welcoming friends, to making new friends, to just watching the sunset after a long day - a tea in Turkey can go a long way. Find out here exactly how Turks came to love tea so much, and how you should drink your tea when travelling around the rich nation. A total guide to the tea experience that started in the 1930's and quickly became the second most consumed drink in Turkey, after water. Sit back, relax, it's time to take a break - this one's on us. 


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