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Looking to pick up a Sim Card when you travel?

Here’s an excellent site – that will tell you where/ how and  how much to drop for a SIM card in just about any country you are traveling to:

Buying Local SIM Cards Around The World

But let me summarize the portion for Turkey:

  1.  You’ll need to take your phone to a TURKCELL or VODAFONE shop  – an official one big one with the largest signs (Really!) and do so in the most touristic area where there is likely to be English speakers.
  2. Explain what you want -data?  calling service?  text messaging?
  3. Evaluate the pricing – warning – it won’t be as cheap as in Thailand or SE Asia in general – likely $20 for calling and another $20 for Internet for 1-2 weeks.
  4. Pay your bill and ask the person to setup your phone.

WARNING: Turkey works hard to limit the illegal import of cell phones -so you will likely receive a message from the Communications Commission after a week or two, warning you that your phone won’t work after 120 days in the country.  All phones once connected to the Turkish system – are checked against a list of legally sold phones inside the country – yours likely was bought in another country and won’t be on that list… So if your phone stops working – go back to Step 1 above and ask for assistance….

Most European and American travellers simply extend their current service -but those of us used to travelling to Asia -like to get local cards with excellent service and low prices.

Good luck!

 

SVETI STEFAN

In the 15th century, the fortified village was built to defend against the Turks and became a haven for pirates of the Adriatic. Initially, the island with its fortress had 12 families.
In the 1800s, a village came to be established on the island with a population of about 400 people. Villa Miločer was built between 1934 and 1936 and was the summer residence of Queen Marija Karadordevic of Serbia.
After the villagers had been moved to the mainland by the authorities, the island village became an exclusive resort frequented by high-profile elites of the world.
The hotel on the island is now a 5-star franchise hotel of an international hotel group. Sveti Stefan is now connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus.

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KOTOR

Located on a gorgeous bay on the coast of Montenegro, Kotor is a city rich with tradition and history. The old city was built between the 12th and 14th centuries and is filled with medieval architecture and historic monuments. Kotor has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Amongst the sights to see are the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon in the old town and the ancient walls which stretch for 4.5 km directly above the city. Sveti Đorđe and Gospa od Škrpijela islets off the coast of Perast are also among the more popular destinations in the vicinity of Kotor. Kotor also hosts several summer events, such as the Summer Carnival.

TOP 10 FACTS ABOUT MONTENEGRO

1. Montenegro declared its independence from Serbia in 2006.

2. Montenegro got its name from the dark mountain forests that cover the land. The name breaks down into two words, ‘monte’ and ‘negro’ (black, mountain)

3. In area, Montenegro is comparable to the size of Connecticut, and has 117 beaches along the Adriatic coast. Despite its small size, there are five airports in this world-famous tourist destination.

4. The legendary English romantic poet Lord Bryon once described Montenegro this way: ‘At the birth of the planet, the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have been on the Montenegrin coast’.

5. The Tara (Drina) River in Montenegro is known for its clean water. The river also forms the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina in several places.

6. Handmade carpets, wood carvings, tapestries, ceramics, filigree jewelry, ceramics, art and wine are some of the famous items from the region that you can buy while in Montenegro.

7. Sveti Stefan is certainly one of the tourist icons of Montenegro. It is located just 15 minutes from Budva, by car.

8. The monastery of Ostrog, located above the Bjelopavlic valley, is one of the most visited shrines in Christian world. It is carved in rocks and was founded in the 17th century by Saint Basil.

9. Montenegro is featured in the movie “Casino Royale,” released in 2006, staring Daniel Craig as James Bond.

10. The majority of the country’s population, almost 47%, is between the ages of 25 and 54. The country has a high literacy rate of almost 99%.

MYHTOLOGY OF ATHENS

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Athens is the capital city of Greece and has been continuously inhabited for over 7000 years. It provided the backdrop for various myths and legends for ancient Greeks.

Its name derives from the goddess of wisdom, Athena, who became the city’s patron goddess after a contest with Poseidon. The two gods competed for who would get the honour of becoming the patron god of the city, and offered gifts to the Athenians. Poseidon hit the ground with his trident and created a spring, showing that he would offer significant naval power. Athena, on the other hand, offered the olive tree, a symbol of prosperity and peace. The Athenians, led by King Cecrops I, decided to take Athena’s gift, thus making her the patron goddess.

The city was also the starting point for the story of Aegeus and Theseus. Aegeus was the king of Athens; during some games that were organised in the city, the son of King Minos of Crete was killed, and Minos waged war against Athens, emerging victorious. As punishment, Athens was forced to send young men and young women to Crete annually, in order to be sacrificed to the Minotaur, who dwelt in the labyrinth under the palace of Minos. At some point, though, Theseus, son of Aegeus, decided to go as part of the sacrifice, planning to kill the Minotaur. He was successful in his quest, but upon returning to Athens, he forgot to change his ship’s sails to white; when Aegeus saw the black sails, meaning that Theseus had died in the labyrinth, he fell into the sea, and drowned, giving his name to what now is called the Aegean Sea.

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SANTORINI & MYKONOS

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Did you know that the whole complex of Santorini islands is still an active volcano and probably the only volcano in the world whose crater is in the sea? The islands that form Santorini came into existence as a result of intensive volcanic activity; twelve huge eruptions occurred, one every 20,000 years approximately, and each violent eruption caused the collapse of the volcano’s central part creating a large crater. The volcano, however, managed to recreate itself over and over again.

Santorini is considered to be the most sought after place for a romantic getaway in Greece, since there are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the sea! A trip to Santorini with your other half is a dream for anyone who has seen at least one photo of the island’s famous Caldera.

A visit to Santorini is the ultimate gastronomic experience, as the island is a true culinary paradise!

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Mykonos is Greece’s most famous cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades. According to mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. And did you know that the island took its name from the grandson of Apollo, “Mykonos”?

Soak up the atmosphere along the lively waterfront and admire a fleet of fishing boats casting colourful reflections in the azure waters. This is where you will find the Kazárma building, which served as accommodation for the soldiers of Manto Mavrogenous, a heroine of the Greek Revolution.

On the island you can find many well-organized diving centers (some of them also offer snorkeling lessons) and stores specializing in diving equipment. Explore the island on a caicque or a boat and discover secluded beaches, or take a boat tour around the nearby islets, which are also ideal fishing spots!

In Mykonos, take the opportunity to explore the tiny archaeological gem of Delos, just a short boat trip away. Delos was a sacred island in ancient times, and according to mythology was the birthplace of the twin gods Apollo and Artemis.

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FEATURED LOCATION: SUNKEN CITY OF KEKOVA

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Kekova is a small Turkish island near Demre , which faces the villages of Kaleköy (ancient Simena) and Üçağız (ancient Teimioussa). Kekova is uninhabited.

On its northern side there are the partly sunken ruins of Dolchiste/Dolikisthe, an ancient town which was destroyed by an earthquake during the 2nd century. Rebuilt and still flourishing during the Byzantine Empire period, it was finally abandoned because of Arab incursions.
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The Kekova region was declared a specially protected area in 1990 by Turkish Ministry of Environment and Forest. All kinds of diving and swimming were prohibited and subject to special permits from governmental offices. In later years the prohibition has been lifted except for the part where the sunken city is.

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Şirince – FEATURED LOCATION FEB 2015

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Şirince is a  small village located about 8 kilometers from Ephesus.  Sirince is famous for its fruit wines and stone houses.

Apart from the historical background of the village, there are beautiful valleys to walk around. With it’s olive groves, peach gardens and vineyard Şirince is a photographer’s dream.

Apart from the special fruit wines which are the specialty of Sirince, (varieties include peach wine, blackberry, cherry, strawberry, melon and kiwi), you may also enjoy the wide variety of handicrafts, olive oil, Soaps, lavender products and natural cosmetics.

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CAPPADOCIAN WINE MAKERS: KOCABAG WINERY 

Kocabag Cappadocian Wines is a family owned wine producer and viticulture company located in Uchisar district of Cappadocia, Turkey. The firm has an annual capacity of 300 thousand liters. They put their first bottle of wine on the market in 1986. In todays wine sector, Kocabag is within the first top 5 wineries in Turkey, whose products are the most desired.

kocabag emirThis months Wine of choice: Kocabag Emir

Made entirely from the white Emir grape, the only Turkish grape exclusive to Cappadocia. Steely, light and very clean, with no oak. Best drunk with chicken shish, borek (a turkish pastry), fried squid and falafel.  This is an easy to drink wine that reflects the unique character of the Cappadocian landscape.

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The International Opera and Ballet Festival in Aspendos, Turkey

If you are traveling to Turkey’s Mediterranean coast and happen to be in Antalya, Side, Belek, or close by, you won’t want to miss the Annual Opera and Ballet Festival that is held in the Ancient Theater at Aspendos.

The schedule promises to be delightful again this year!

All the details are available at www.aspendosfestival.gov.tr

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