The first Çalış Car Boot Sale of 2013 takes place on Sunday 20 January.

The popular monthly winter car boot sales, organized by the Çalış Children’s Charity, will take place in the car park next to the Bahar Hotel on Çalış seafront. Setting up is from 6.00 am and the sale closes at 2.00 pm. A pitch (2 tables width) still costs 15 TL. Recognised charities will be provided with one pitch for free.

All proceeds raised from the 3C’s committee stall and the net profits from pitch hire goes to the 3C’s charity, helping to fund projects for children in the local area.

Donations of unwanted goods for the committee stall are always welcome so if you would like to donate to a good cause please ring 0536 373 9520 and the “3C’s” can arrange the collection.

The 3C’s charity shop at Eyna Restaurant on Çalış seafront will also be open on Car Boot Sunday from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.

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Songs about Turkey

by Victoria on January 3, 2013

Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

Originally recorded by The Four Lads, the song talks about the change of name of Turkey’s most famous city.

Probably the most famous recording was in 1990 by the group – They Might be Giants.

Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it’s Turkish delight on a moonlit night

Every gal in Constantinople
Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople
So if you’ve a date in Constantinople
She’ll be waiting in Istanbul

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can’t say
People just liked it better that way

So take me back to Constantinople
No, you can’t go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That’s nobody’s business but the Turks

Istanbul (Istanbul)
Istanbul (Istanbul)

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can’t say
People just liked it better that way

Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That’s nobody’s business but the Turks

So take me back to Constantinople
No, you can’t go back to Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That’s nobody’s business but the Turks

Istanbul

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New Year’s Day “Big Splash”

by Victoria on December 27, 2012

Animal Aid and the 3C’s , two local charities, are joining together this year to sponsor the annual fancy dress “Big Splash” and there is still time to join in.

What A Way to Start the New Year!

This will be the first year that the event will take place on New Years Day and it is sure to be a cure for the excesses of the previous evening!

This wacky annual event will take place on the beach outside Eyna Restaurant on Çalış promenade. The event will start from 12.00 noon and the “Big Splash” will take place at 1.00 pm.

The two charities hope that the brave “splashers” will seek sponsorship and wear fancy dress for the event! So if you want to join in, now is the time to start thinking of your costumes. There is going to be a prize for the best costume.

Da Vinci restaurant will also be providing hot soup free for all the “splashers” and spectators.

Sponsorship forms are available to pick up from the, 3C’s charity shop at Eyna Restaurant (or from the restaurant when the shop is closed), Nil Bar, Da Vinci Restaurant and Bostans Hotel (all Çalış) or you can ring 0536 3739520 – and remember this event is open to everybody.

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News Bites: Week Ending 23rd December 2012

by Victoria on December 24, 2012

This weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Calis, Ölüdeniz, Hisarönü, Kayaköy and surrounding areas including Fethiyespor – Women’s Supporters Group formed, Treasure Hunnters Arrested and more in our round up of the local pre Christmas news.

Merry Christmas!

Quiet week for the news so we’ll start by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

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Carol Singing on Christmas Eve

by Victoria on December 23, 2012

Choir-singers_20If you wish to take part in the Christmas carol singing in Hisarönü this year,  where you sings Christmas carols, drink mulled wine and eat mince pies.

It’s held at Hisarönü Market Place on Christmas Eve between 6 – 7 pm.

As well as turning up on 24th December to sing, you can help by donating red wine for mulling, or baking some mince pies.

If you can do this please contact Margaret McAloon on 0545 849 8842 or by e-mail at mcaloon@yahoo.co.uk.

Whether or not you donate anything, please still come along and  join in with the carol singing.

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News Bites: Week Ending 16th December 2012

by Victoria on December 17, 2012

This weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Calis, Ölüdeniz, Hisarönü, Kayaköy and surrounding areas including a bar fight leaves one dead and one critically injured, more migrants land near Fethiye and more in our round up of the local news.

Very wet in Fethiye last week

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calis-carnival-300x229The biggest street party in Fethiye – who would want to miss this? Every year the Calis Carnival party just gets better and better, with top performers, amazing floats and loads of partying people all taking to the streets in bursts of glittering colour. It’s Fethiye’s most famous street party, attracting immense crowds of people each year to the Fethiye area.

Entertainment includes the extravagantly colourful carnival parade, filled with feathered costumes and plenty of dancers, a craft exhibition, workshops, and the colourful extravaganza will culminate with a “Party in the Park” concert on the Sunday afternoon.

Carnival Weekend 2010 will take place on Saturday and Sunday 29/30 May and this year’s theme is “One World”.

There will also be a full programme of activities during the week leading up to Carnival Weekend as well as a fun packed calendar of fundraising social events throughout the year.

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Car Boot Sale – 27 September 2009

by Victoria on September 12, 2009

The next Calis Carnival Car Boot Sale is on Sunday 27 September 2009 to kickstart the fundraising for 2010 Calis Carnival.

car-boot-300x225It is to be held in the same place – Car Park to the rear of Mado Ice Cream Parlour which is on Calis Seafront.

Sellers 8:00am Buyers 9:00am

Stalls are 10TL (2 Tables). Bring your own tables or hire them for 2TL each. All stall fees will go towards the Calis Carnival 2010 and Carnival charities.

Get There Early
The allocation of stalls are on a first come first set up basis and stallholders should get there before 8.00 am to secure a place.

As it is still the man holiday season the promenade cannot be used for the sale.

However, the side road between the car park and the Lighthouse Restaurant has been allocated for additional stalls.

New goods stalls, trade stalls and hot food stalls will not be permitted but craft stalls, hand made goods and second hand goods are fine.

Important – Future Dates
As from October, as requested by the Fethiye Belediye, the Car Boot Sales will be held on the second from last Sunday of every month if the weather permits. The dates will be as follows;

Sunday 18 October 2009

Sunday 22 November 2009

Sunday 20 December 2009

Sunday 24 January 2010

Sunday 21 February 2010

Sunday 21 March 2010

Sunday 18 April 2010

For Bookings and/or info call 05363739520 or 05358554919.

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Go to the Cinema in Fethiye

by Victoria on October 30, 2008

There are a choice of two cinemas in Fethiye with a total of 8 screens.

The Hayal Cinema is the main cinema in Fethiye and is located in the town centre on Hastane Street,.

The Doruk Cinema, is smaller and is located by the Ece Marina.

Both show a good selection of movies including most Hollywood blockbusters.

Listings are available outisde each cinema and direct from their websites here:

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selo-225x300Simply take a short hop to the Greek island of Meis, near to Kaş on the Altug Boat trip run by Selo.

A fantastic day out, a coastal highway you long to drive on, encountering breathtaking panoramic sea views along the way to finally arrive in Kaş – one of Turkey’s Gems, and then to be met by your captain – Selo, who is a splendid and honorable person.

He speaks impeccable english, is extremely professional and well organized in his business and operates two boats.

Here is our step-by-step guide;

Step One – Before you go

Work out when your visa will expire by adding 90 days to the entry date stamped in your passport. Choose a date before the expiry date, taking into consideration the weather conditions are favorable for your day trip.

Contact Selo on his mobile telephone on 05376745572 and book your day of travel. He runs his boats every weekday, Monday to Friday, throughout the year, rain or shine.

Get your Euros before you go, use the HSBC, Garanti, Fortis or TEB ATM’s that issue Euros. You will need 15 Euros for each Visa and some for spending while on Meis, if you want to take advantage of the shopping to be had. Example, the purchasing of bacon, pork products. etc, and also the duty free shopping.

Step Two – Making your Way to Kaş

There are two options for this, by bus or by car.

If you are traveling by bus from Fethiye, you need to get to the bus station (otogar) located at the end of the dalaman road, fethiye junction. The bus leaves at 7:30 to Kaş and the price is approx 10 YTL one way. You can book your seat in advance during busy times so as to guarantee your seat.

If you are traveling by car heading towards kaş, allow 2 and half hours for your journey from fethiye. The journey after Kalkan is a wonderful experience with the road winding round the coast with beautiful panoramic views, and this in itself is well worth doing.

For instance we hired a car from Oscar which was reasonably priced at around 60 YTL and then added petrol at a cost of 60 YTL which took us all the way to Kaş and all around Kaş and back to Fethiye and around Fethiye too. There were four of us traveling and we found this a more desirable alternative to catching the bus, and it gave us more flexibility.
Upon our return journey that evening we encountered dynamic sunsets along the coastal road between Kaş and Kalkan

Step Three – Arriving at Kaş

If arriving by bus, get off at Kaş bus station located at the top half of the town. You can walk down to the harbor or Selo or one of his staff will pick you up and take you the short distance to the harbor.

If arriving by car, park on the harbor and Selo is located as the road goes round to the left opposite the tea garden.

Selo will welcome you on the harbor at his desk labeled Altug Boat Trip.

Give your passport along with the 15 Euros to Selo. Go opposite, have a cup of tea,a meal or a snack. While you are enjoying your food and drink talking to ex-pats Selo will have the boat manifest agreed by immigration officials, this should take around half an hour, after this you will be allowed to board the boat for an half hour journey to Meis. At this time when you are all together on the boat a policeman will check your passports and call out your names.

Step Four – Arriving at Meis

No beurocracy or passport control awaits you on Meis, you simply get off the boat. you normally have 2 – 3 hours on the island and the small duty free shop near to the boat opens one hour before departure.

Step Five – Departing Meis

Enjoy your half hour cruise back to Kaş, as you near Kaş, Selo will collect the boat fare, 40 YTL per person

Step Six – Arriving back at Kaş

A customs person will be awaiting to give everyone a cursory glance, he has no uniform to distinguish him from anyone else, so be warned, try to stick to your allowances, there is normally no problems.

You get off the boat, walk over the road to the cafe and get yourself a bite to eat while Selo takes all the Passports to the immigration police for the new visas to be issued.

Half an hour later Selo will hand your passport back to you with your new visa allowing you to stay another 90 days.

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