A Turkish wedding

We had scheduled a day off for today to spend time with Hassan’s family and explore the surrounding villages.
Before breakky I helped Hassan’s wife mile the goats or rather hindered. I had a go at milking but was hopeless. There was much more skill involved than I had anticipated.
We ate breakfast cross legged again. We enjoyed sitting like that except it doesn’t take long for the pins and needles to set in!
Elçin and Hassan had offered to take us for a bit of a tour of the surrounding villages. One in particular, Adatepe, is a popular tourist destination for wealthy Turks because of its architecture. Each house in the village must be built and renovated in a way in keeping with the historical buildings, something that is quite unusual here. Elçin said that houses there sell for 1-2 million EUROS. Doubling the rice converts it to liras. Hassan also said that out of the 200 houses there only 18 are filled permanently the others are holiday houses.
We drove through the olive trees that cover the mountain and the amount of work that goes into growing and harvesting them is ridiculous.
Adatepe was pretty nice but we found it hard to see exactly what makes it such a desirable and expensive place.
Just out of the village we walked to see the Zeus Altari that was built by the Greeks when they lived here. The view was spectacular it felt like you could see the whole of turkey. Legend has it that Zeus used to sit up at the altar and watch the rest of the world. Apparently he watched the Trojan war from there too.
After a quick drive through Küçükuyu we were back at Adatepebaşi for lunch. The amount of work that goes into the food here is enormous and it tastes so good!Everything is grown by them and some things are prepared a year in advance for them to have when certain things are out of season. Even the cheese was made by them from their goats.
The community in the village was incredible too. Everyone is constantly yelling from their balconies to each other about everything and anything and if someone needs help everyone pitches in. The village has one Shepard who takes everyone’s goats to the mountains during the day to save 30 people going separately.
We were so tired and in desperate need for a siesta. We ended up sleeping for nearly four hours!
It was pretty much dinner time when we woke up and Elçin and Hakan were over again. Hassan’s daughter, Hilal was also back. Çarla was out hunting wild pigs though.
One of the things we ate at dinner were a salted fish like herring that makes you sick if you eat dairy products within a coupe of hours of eating it. We thought that was pretty strange!
After dinner the family had a wedding to go to and that we were allowed to attend too. We were pretty excited and didn’t really know what to expect.
We drove to Küçükuyu (Elçin and Hakan came too) and as soon as we left the car we could here the music!
Everyone was dancing Turkish style, it was so brilliant! The 9 tiered cake came out with a pyro technique display and guests pinned money on the newlyweds.
It was certainly an experience!
We didn’t get home until late so it was lucky we’d had our siesta!

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One response to “A Turkish wedding

  1. Jen

    Wow, what fantastic adventures you’re having! Can you imagine rocking up to Dartmoor from Turkey and being invited to someone’s wedding!!

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