A 500 Year Old Tradition

There aren’t too many bars or cafes in and around Fethiye, where you will fail to spot a Turkish water pipe or nargile, sometimes also referred to as a hookah, hubble-bubble or sheesha. The nargile has been around for centuries and, contrary to popular belief, it is not an instrument for smoking hashish but rather … Continue reading A 500 Year Old Tradition

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A Celebration of Solidarity, Friendship and Good Fortune…

Eid ul-Fitr is a three-day celebration that marks the end of Ramadan.  But do you know what it all means? Well, I am sure you are aware that Muslim people across the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan.  It is the month in which the Qu’ran to was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed and, … Continue reading A Celebration of Solidarity, Friendship and Good Fortune…

Be Prepared for a Big Turkish Welcome!

Turks love to meet new people and are incredibly socialable!  In Turkey, tradition holds that any stranger to arrive on your doorstep is considered “God’s guest” for at least three days. Hospitality is one of the cornerstones of the Turkish way of life. Each and every individual feels honour bound to treat his guest in … Continue reading Be Prepared for a Big Turkish Welcome!

The Dos and Don’ts of Turkish Etiquette

With its rich and colourful history, a stew pot of Western and Middle Eastern, Traditional and Modern influences, you can expect to experience a variety of cultural differences when in Turkey.   So as not to put your foot in it, here are a few rules of etiquette that may surprise you! Personal space tends to … Continue reading The Dos and Don’ts of Turkish Etiquette