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Posted by Adam on 07 December 2011 - 02:18
I was told that you need to apply for a licence months in advance (yes to fish the sea).
I stayed in a different area (saide) and except for two anglers we passed on a boat trip up a river I never saw anyone else fishing. There were certainly no fish bigger than a few centimeters to be seen in the harbours.
I'm glad for your sake you are going to a different destination because when we were there there was a definite sense that the locals didn't think much to us. They would swear at us in the markets if we refused to buy anything and it was quite common to look around and find you had a couple of decidedly dodgy looking escourts.
Be aware that if these people can rip you off in any way or form they will. don't under any circumstances take the taxis because they change the agreed fare half way through the journey and then threaten to get the police if you refuse to pay.. I don't like tarring everyone with the same brush but I didn't come across a single local that gave me a different impression during our stay.
I really do hope you have a different experience
Best of luck
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Posted by birce on 28 March 2006 - 11:43
The Bosphorus at a picturesque village of Büyükdere, the collections of the Sadberk Hanim Museum (The Vehbi Koç Foundation) fill two charming 19th century wooden villas. A private museum which originally displayed Turkish decorative arts, it has recently been expanded with a new collection of archaeological finds
The building was purchased by the Koç family in 1950 and was used as a summerhouse by them until they decide to convert it into a museum in 1978. The conversion work was carried out between 1978 and 1980 according to a restoration project that had been prepared by Sedat Hakkı Eldem, a worldwide known Turkish architect. It was opened to the public on October 14, 1980 with the Sadberk Koç collection on display.
Also in 1988 the "Sevgi Gönül (Mr. Koç's daughter, deceased in September 2003) Wing" of the museum was opened and it hosts works of the pre-Islamic period.
In 1988 it won the "Europa Nostra" award as an outstanding example of modern museum architecture and design.
Sevgi Gönül Binasi
Early Bronze Age (3200-200 Bc)
Towards the end of the 4th millennium BC, bronze-an alloy of copper, arsenic, and tin-was discovered leading to the beginning of the Early Bronze Age in Anatolia. Although Anatolia is rich in many metals, tin is not one of them, and the development of metal-working brought with it increasing contact with neighboring regions in the form of trade. This in turn encouraged the growth of cities and a number of citystates were established during this period. In the 3rd millennium BC writing was still unknown in Anatolia and our knowledge of these citystates and their way of life is derived from archaeological evidence and from Mesopotamian written sources.
The potter's wheel was still unknown during the Early Bronze Age and ceramics were hand-formed from a gray clay and have a brilliant, black burnished finish. The objects from this period on display at the museum bear the characteristics of finds from central and western Anatolia. Slipware pottery originating at Troy and in western Anatolia during this period is distinctive by its buff-colored or bright-red clay.
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Posted by Admin on 25 March 2007 - 18:08
Before your trip to Istanbul, browse the book Oriental Carpets: From the Tents, Cottages and Workshops of Asia by Jon Thompson. It'll lay the groundwork for a successful carpet shopping experience.
Some shops in Istanbul specialize in new or old carpets, while others sell both. Older carpets are usually handmade and thus more expensive. A few of the better shops are Kemal Erol (in the Grand Bazaar), Capadocias (No. 2 Hudavendigar Caddesi), and Noah's Ark (No. 11, Divanyolu Caddesi Ticarenthane Sokak). All three have owners who will educate you in the world of carpets without a hard sell.
The price of old carpets is based on their age, material, and visual appeal. Also important is condition, which depends on the productivity of the tribe who made it. A word of caution: If you find a pristine antique carpetâwith no wear, tear, or repairâit might actually be a new carpet artificially "distressed" to look old.
When it comes to haggling over price, know your budget, and make your opening offer 50 to 60 percent below that. Be prepared to say a firm "forget it," and walk out. Then, on another day, circle back to make another pass. The fun of carpet buying is the process.
Here's how a typical visit to an Istanbul carpet showroom might go:
10:14 a.m.: Engage a salesman in conversation in front of his shop. Avoid being led to a shop by a tout, whose commission may add as much as 25 percent to the cost of the carpet.
10:15: Accept the invitation to sit down and enjoy a Turkish coffee or tea.
10:19: Rug movers bring carpets to show you, often tossing them in piles on the floor. Tell the salesman which colors and patterns you like. Also discuss your home and living patterns. Inquire about his life, too. Maintain a conversation, and the rug movers will react to accommodate what you reveal about yourself.
10:55: By now, you've seen much of the shop's wares, gotten to know the sales people, and perhaps, a carpet or two has called your name. Have the movers remove the carpets you don't like, leaving behind those you do.
Turn the selected carpet over, and claw a bit at the warp and weft to see if the weave is tight. The tighter the weaveâand the smaller and tighter together the knotsâthe more durable and higher quality the carpet. By examining the back, you can usually see if the carpet has been repaired. Turn the carpet back over. Get down on your knees and spread the nap with your fingers to see if the base of the pile is the same color as the top: In an old carpet with natural dyes, there should be non-uniform fading. Finally, if you're really serious about the carpet, tug off a strand or two of the pile and burn it. The smell will tell you if it's wool, silk, cotton, or nylon.
11:20: By now, the salesman will start negotiating. Expect the carpet to be valued somewhere between 50 and 80 percent of his opening bid. If you're in a mood to buy, begin to haggle. If not, tell him you "don't want to talk money yet" and will be back later. Then thank him for his time.
11:21: If you decline to negotiate, the salesman may lower his price in a reflexive effort to get you to stay. Stay or go, more tea or not, just remember, the point of all this is to enjoy the process.
11:23: If you decide to buy, pay by credit card. Most reputable shops will take Visa, American Express, and MasterCard. Make sure the salesman has your correct home address. Depending on shippingâwhich can run to several hundred dollars for three-day service or much less for actual transport by shipâyour new carpet will find your home before the dust of Istanbul is off your boots. And forever after that, the carpet will be there to remind you of your trip.
Carpet or not, the whole point of shopping carpets in Istanbul is simply to enjoy yourself.
Donovan Webster goes to Istanbul searching for the perfect rug in "Magic Carpet Ride" in the March 2007 issue of National Geographic Traveler.