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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!


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!

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Q229: Overstaying Tourist Visa fine

Q229: How much is the fine if you overstay a tourist visa by two weeks?

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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.


Q228: English Speaking Mechanic

Q228: My car needs a service - can anyone recommend a garage with an English speaking Mechanic?

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Turkish word of the day


(Par don)

I'm sorry