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From the Turkish Riviera Magazine Perge, originally, a Hellenistic settlement, later developed into a thriving Roman city, is a historicist's delight. Situated only 18 km from Antalya in the Pamphylia plain, Perge has a long legacy (almost from 1500 B.C.) to narrate with its initial inhabitants being the Hittites. Its importance also lies in the fact that the ruins of the Roman city provides a very complete picture of the past, thus making it archaeologically invaluable. However, even if you are wondering how an archaeologically fertile site could ever interest you, you should never miss a chance of visiting it. For Perge has much to offer for the vacationer as well, it has a unique blend of the exotic and the ancient. The ancient city of Perge was the capital of the Pamphylia region, now the province of Antalya on the southwestern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. It... (more)

SuperYacht Radio Interviews Begum Dogulu, Begum Yachting, Turkey

Click here to listen to the interview...   (Photo Copyright YV&C) May 4, 2004 Genoa Charter Meeting, Geno, Italy SuperYacht Radio (www.SuperYachtRadio.com) interviews Begum Dogolo, principal of Begum Yachting, Turkey (www.begumyachting.com/) Click here to listen to the interview... {interview in MP3 format} ... (more)

Turkish and Greek Charter Yachts Available For The Summer Season

International Yacht Vacations & Charters Magazine reported the 2005 summer season availability of two charter yachts, S/Y Schatz and Kallisto. Both yachts will be available for charter in the Eastern Med during the summer. S/Y Schatz will be available between... July 4  ( Göcek )  /  July 8  ( Göcek ) July 20  ( Göcek )  / July 23  ( Göcek ) August 6 ( Bodrum )  /  August 12  ( Bodrum ) September 3  (Marmaris) / ...... More information on this gulet yacht can be obtained from www.travel2turkey.org   SPECIFICATION OF THE YACHT YACHT NAME SCHATZ TYPE KECH YEAR BUILT 2005 ( New !!! ) LOA ( m ) 30 BEAM ( m ) 7,20 DRAUGHT 2,70 ENGINES 2 x 400 hp DAEWOO GENERATOR 1 32 Kwa/240V  50 Hz. GENERATOR 2 21 Kwa/240V  50 Hz. AIRCONDITIONING COOLING & HEATING FUEL TANKS 3000 Lt. FRESH WATER TANK 6000 Lt. GREY & BLACK WATER TANK 6000 Lt. PASSANGER AND CREW CAPACITY  - 2 Master Suite, 4 Guest Cabi... (more)

M/Y ELLINIA: The Ideal Yacht to Cruise the Turkish Riviera and the Greek Islands

Absolute Yachting is pleased to present you the luxury M/Y ELLINIA, the ideal yacht for your clients that wish to cruise the Greek islands. Her length is 80 ft, and she can accommodate 8/9 quests in one Master, one VIP,  and in two Twin Cabins (one twin with a pullman berth), all with en suite facilities. Many recreations facilities are offered including: snorkeling, fishing, water skiing equipment and a wave runner.   Charter rate is: High season 15th of June to the 15th of September was euro 33.600   per week plus expenses, but now is EURO 30.100 for August and for the rest of the months EURO 28.000. Included in the above rates: crew, crew’s food, harbor and public marina fees within Greece. Not included: 4,5% VAT (Value added tax), fuel (unless stated), meals (unless stated), bar and beverages for the guests (unless stated), gasoline for the tender and water toys... (more)

Library of Celsus, Tomb of the Governor of Asia Minor

From "Turkish Riviera, the Turquoise Cost" magazine  The ancient city of Ephesus that is an hour away from Izmir (Smyrna) is the most well known archaeological site of Turkey. It is on the way between Izmir and Aydin and can be reached on the exit of Selcuk. The site is within walking distance from the center of Selcuk. Tourists of almost all destinations on the Turkish riviera have the possibility to find a daily tour to Ephesus site. One of the most important attractions in the ancient city is the Library of Celsus, built in AD 135 by Gaius Julius Aquila (a consul) to honor his father's memory, Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus the Governor of Asia Minor. The building was intended to be used both as Library and as the tomb of his father.  The Library was to house 12,000 scrolls, and as a tomb for Celsus, which was a great and special honor at that time as it wa... (more)

Kaputaş Beach, the Real Turqoise Color in the Mediterranean

From the Turkish Riviera Magazine Kaputaş beach is on the Kaş-Kalkan highway in the southwestern Turkey on the Mediterranean sea coast. The beach is on the 7th km after Kalkan and some 20 km before Kaş at a cove running out of an extremely narrow valley of steep cliffs coming down from the Taurus mountains. It is probably the most photographed beach of Turkey. You have probably seen its photo on some poster or elsewhere relating to Turkish tourism as it has been featured in many holiday brochures.   It is a very popular place as the region has an untouched natural beauty and a great view overlooked from the Kaş-Kalkan highway running above, quite high from the sea level. It is also one of the stopping places of the Blue Voyage Yachts. The sea gets deep very short near the beach as it is on the foot of mountains but it is very good for swimming and calm most of the ... (more)

Yivli Minaret, Landmark of Antalya city

  From the Turkish Riviera Magazine If you ever go to Antalya, within the historic city walls of the city you will see a minaret not of the usual kind, as it is a brick minaret decorated with dark blue mosaics and has the look of eight flutes melted together into one. It is thus called Yivli Minare or Fluted Minaret and it has been the symbol of Antalya city for many years and also a logo of Turkish tourism as its photo has been for long years on posters advertising Turkey abroad. This is also because the minaret is in the very center of the old city and can be seen almost from everywhere.   The original mosque, Yivli Minare Mosque or Ulu Camii or Alaeddin Keykubat Camii mosque, is one of the first Islamic buildings in the city. The mosque was first built in 1230 but fully reconstructed in 1373. The minaret is 38 metres high, built on a square stone base, with ei... (more)

Eating and Drinking in the Greek Isles

From "Greek Isles in the Summer" Magazine This is not an article to inform you of quality restaurants but rather to explain you the type of places you can dine while visiting the Greek isles.   Eating out in Greece is a national pastime and a leisurely pleasure. Whether dining at a local taverna or an elegant restaurant, Greeks take their time over food. The native cuisine is delightfully uncomplicated and quite different from what's found in Greek restaurants abroad. Much of the cooking relies on simple seasonings and fresh meat and vegetables.  Greeks like all the other Mediterraneans go out for dinner much later then the other Europeans and Americans. This is usually a time much after 21:00 o'clock in the evening and usually there is a time where you find only tourists in the tavernas.  For dinner you have the possibility to go for expensive restaurants but pe... (more)

Priene, the Ancient Holy City of Ionia

From the Turkish Riviera Magazine The city of Priene, an Ionian settlement, was laid out on Mount Mycale (Samsun) and contained many famous examples of Hellenistic art and architecture. The original location of the city has never been found but it was probably a peninsula with two harbors. The ruins are from the new city built in the 4th century BC. It is a small city with 4 or 5 thousand inhabitants and not of great political significance even if it shared the same history with the other Ionian cities. The city is mainly organized in four districts, the political (bouleuterion and prytaneion),  the cultural (Theatre), commercial (a gora) and most importantly religious (Athena Temple) In addition to the Athena Temple, the people of Priene erected sanctuaries dedicated to Zeus, Demeter and Egyptian gods. The city was a member of the Ionian League, and has been bui... (more)

Sesame Halva in the Oven, a delicous desert from the Turkish fish restaurants

  From the Turkish Riviera Magazine Sesame halva is popular in the Balkans, Middle East, and other areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The primary ingredients in this confection are sesame seeds or sesame paste called tahini, sugar, glucose or honey, and egg white. Also other flavourings such as pistachio nuts, cocoa powder, orange juice, vanilla, or chocolate are often added to this basic tahini and sugar base and thus there is a great variety of sesame halva. Sesame or tahini halva has been produced since the classical times. The dish was popular in the Byzantine Empire, and today it is very popular desert throughout Turkey and Greece. It is very much consumed by the Orthodox Greeks during the Great Lent and other fasts. In Turkey the term "helva" is used to describe mainly tahini halva but there are also other types of deserts such as made with flour, semo... (more)

Maca Kizi Hotel, Bodrum

Turkish Riviera on Ulitzer Today I arrived in Bodrum for a long weekend. Divan Palmira kindly declined my reservation request after my 2007 review of the hotel. They were nice enough to recommend another boutique hotel in the area, so I checked in to Maca Kizi Hotel. My first half day here so far, the view from my room is fantastic. It is too early to write a formal review but if they don't royally screw it up between now and Sunday morning, this hotel has a potential to me my Bodrum summer stop going forward. Today it rained here. I see it rain in Bodrum for the first time since more than a decade of my summer vacations here. I did walk to Divan Palmira to visit my paparazzi photographer friend Gokhan, he was not there. I had lunch at Divan Palmira, the young waiter said they opened the season on May 19 and he thinks today they have five or six rooms full out of 6... (more)