Freedom 49

No fun if it's too easy!
Thinking of coming to Turkey?
I wonder what advice our members can offer.

I will start with a gentle one.

Don't expect to be served hot food in a restaurant.

Oh dear! You must be going to the wrong restaurants. :(

Plenty of good restaurants around Side serving traditional Turkish or European foods if that's what you prefer.
Beautifully cooked, well presented and hot when they're set upon your table. :smile:
 

IbrahimAbi

Grey wisdom
Thinking of coming to Turkey?
Oh dear! You must be going to the wrong restaurants. :(

Plenty of good restaurants around Side serving traditional Turkish or European foods if that's what you prefer.
Beautifully cooked, well presented and hot when they're set upon your table. :smile:

Actually, I don't care, but I hear a lot of visitors and Brits moaning about it.
 

Akasya

Postless Pointer
Thinking of coming to Turkey?
This year , Hassans at at Tuzla , Recep's grub was nice and hot , as were the plates . Yelken Gardens at Bogazici the same , we waited for the Curries to cool down , even the flat breads were too hot to touch... result .

Steve
 

Tenpin

The Yorkshireman
Thinking of coming to Turkey?
If you hire a car, don't expect the turkish to follow the rules.

There is something that looks like a hard shoulder......but that's for them to drive the wrong way on your side of the road.

Traffic lights seem to be 'advisory' for a number of drives, cars and scooters.
 

shash

shash
Thinking of coming to Turkey?
If you hire a car, don't expect the turkish to follow the rules.

There is something that looks like a hard shoulder......but that's for them to drive the wrong way on your side of the road.

Traffic lights seem to be 'advisory' for a number of drives, cars and scooters.

Oh yes definitely agree with that.
 

shash

shash
Thinking of coming to Turkey?
In and around Alanya there is hot food cold food whatever you want and smokers are in there too along with the alcohol drinkers. Everyone gets on fine with it.
 

IbrahimAbi

Grey wisdom
Thinking of coming to Turkey?
If you hire a car check that they don't have surprise charges at the end. When we took one back with a friend recently they wanted 30TL to clean it.
 

Maisie

Member
Thinking of coming to Turkey?
The original post here was once not too far from the truth. Our first visit to Turkey was a number of year ago when we stayed at Icmeler. Many funny incidents as they hadn't quite got their heads around tourism then.

On our last night, we went to a really nice looking restaurant on the main (although a dirt road) thoroughfare. We opted for crispy liver for starters. The thinking there was that if it was dodgy, we were on the way home tomorrow and could sort it out in the UK. After about twenty minutes a very apologetic waiter appeared at our table to ask did we want the liver hot or cold? As he left, Dave said I wonder if they will come back and ask us if we want it raw or cooked?

Maisie
 

IbrahimAbi

Grey wisdom
Thinking of coming to Turkey?
Albanian liver (Arnavut ci─čeri) is served cooked but cold, and is a very delicious meze.
 

IbrahimAbi

Grey wisdom
Thinking of coming to Turkey?
If you ask a Turk a question and they raise their eyebrows and tut at you, it does not mean that they think you are a fool, or the question is stupid. it is a non-verbal way of saying 'no'. I have not seen this for a while though.
 
Thinking of coming to Turkey?
In July or August, if it is going to be very hot, the TV and newspapers proclaim desertheat is coming and doctors warn people not to go out between 11 and 4. If you are in an office the locals chant ooooof cok sicak over and over again.

when Tiurks see buckets of yogurt in shops or even yogurt in general, they get excited and chant oh oh oh
 

Mushroom

Member
Thinking of coming to Turkey?
At the airport if leaving to return to the UK, the entertainment in the duty free area is always worthwhile.
Johnny Brit will be told by a very helpful Johnny Turk (on commission) that he can certainly take back 8 litres of spirits and 1000 cigs. Not a problem.
And he can, its just that HM Customs will either seize them or fine him. Not a problem for Johnny Turk.
 
Thinking of coming to Turkey?
If you ask a Turk a question and they raise their eyebrows and tut at you, it does not mean that they think you are a fool, or the question is stupid. it is a non-verbal way of saying 'no'. I have not seen this for a while though.
There are many types of toat. The best is mixed tost.
 

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