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Attending a Mevlüt

Submitted by Bodrum Bulletin reader Ros Elliott-Özlek

I have lived in Turkey for more than twenty-five years now, but have been rather hesitant about attending funerals, and so I only went to a couple of these ceremonies when close friends passed on. What is more, despite witnessing many deaths of ‘friends of friends and family’, and having had many private lessons cancelled while students attended funerals or remembrance ceremonies, I had never been to a Mevlüt until recently.


The Secret Ladies Programme @ The Secret

This article has been written by staff at The Serect, for more information you can also see our article here; The Secret - Breakfast & Brunch Bistro

Now we’re well into our first season at The Secret, we’re getting some very interesting feedback about the kind of activities people are looking for.

In response, we are introducing ‘The Secret Ladies’ – a day especially designed for ladies/women/girls/females – however you like to be known – to indulge in activities and chat about topics which interest us.

Enjoy our home-grown and home-made dishes prepared by our chef Songül, relax in the garden or by the pool, breathe the cool fresh air of the Yaran hills, meet up with old friends and make new ones. This is a day just for the ladies.


Q230: Jewellery maker

Q230: Can anyone recommend a jewellery maker on the peninsula (preferably Yalikavak), I'm fed up of haggling with over-charging rip-off jewellery shops, who don't have a clue!

A230.1: I highly recommend Ara in Bodrum. I have bought many pieces from them but also have some made. Exceptional quality. The jewellery has been valued at way more than I paid for it. Their store in the old part of Bodrum Town. Ask for Elvan. --Narelle

A230.2: Stonehouse Jewelry in Turgutreis. It's behind La Villa. They made our wedding rings. Family run, long established. --Maggie

A230.3: We use the jewelers in Ortakent Village and there is a workshop above they have made and fixed a few things for us.We wanted a certain thing making we gave him the sample and left it he copied it and it was better than the sample we supplied,made from some old gold bit and bobs and he kept what was left for payment. Also fixed a ring we had priced in England it was well over £100 and they did a great job for £15. --APBiffin

A230.4: We've recently trailed all over looking for wedding rings, including Yalikavak, and found the best by far to be Royal Jewellery in Gumbet. Better selection, and price, and they are a working, manufacturing jewellers. Ask to see Umit, he's the boss and knows what he is talking about. We're pretty sure he can help you out if you have some design ideas. --Peter and Jean

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Wedded bliss: The first house, May 1977

The following is an extract from a forthcoming book by Bodrum Bulletin reader, Celia Gaşgil.

Having been married for the grand total of 3 weeks, I was delighted to be moving into a rented flat of our own in the centre of Izmir. Not wanting to sound ungrateful for the hospitality and acceptance I had received at the hands of my new family-in-law, I couldn’t wait to set up home with my husband, Kahraman.

The flat was small but adequate, off a busy street in one of the few remaining old-fashioned two storey houses amidst more modern 3 and 4 storey apartment blocks. Transport was duly arranged to carry our meagre store of possessions: a few suitcases of clothes and the odd bits of furniture we had managed to accumulate. There were some new items of rather poor quality interspersed with more solid but worn chairs, a table and a bookcase. The latter was the subject of much interest. Ah a büfe! : a display cabinet for unwanted ornaments difficult to dust!


The Secret - Breakfast & Brunch Bistro

The Secret is the dream of Fiona Jane Thomas, a British woman who first stepped on Turkish soil in the summer of 1980. She fell in love with the country from day one.  Today she aims to share the beauty of the Bodrum Peninsula with all those who care to visit for whatever purpose. Specifically she wants to share the simplicity and wonders of Turkish village and country life.

Handpicked - A luxury 3 bed detached villa with sea views

Turkish word of the day


(af fair dair sin niz)

Excuse me