New Turkish property developments in August 2008
TheMoveChannel.com, the leading international property portal, announces a number of new Turkey property developments.
[UKPRwire, Thu Sep 18 2008] TheMoveChannel.com, the leading international property portal, announces a number of new Turkey property developments, including:
· Antalya 3 bed villa (from £115,090, discounts and payment plans available)
· Ladies Beach Apartments (Mugla, 2 bed and bath, from £79,620, Jacuzzi)
Properties in Turkey may not be an investment opportunity UK investors have considered in the past, so TheMoveChannel.com provides an overview of Turkey and its culture.
With one foot in Europe and one in Asia, Turkey is making strides at becoming a more modern and Euro friendly country. An incredible history, full of art, culture and mystery, but what is this fascinating place like to live in?
Why Live There
Turkey is a country with much to appreciate: beautiful coasts, tasty cuisine, a mild climate, a rich culture and an unrivalled reputation for hospitality that dates back to the Ottoman Empire.
With the cost of living soaring elsewhere, Turkey remains one of the Mediterranean's most affordable places to stay, while the standard of living - as the country becomes more modernized - is surprisingly good.
Most of the year the weather is so pleasant that alfresco dining is popular and even on colder days, people switch on a terrace heater, take a bite to eat and enjoy the cooler climate.
There is much to do in Turkey, especially recreational activities. It is a popular golf destination and with its many mountainous areas, there are a number of ski resorts as well.
With over 8,000 kilometres of coastline and surrounded by sea on three sides, Turkey offers lovely beaches, world-class marinas and the opportunity for numerous water-sports activities. In addition, there are over one thousand natural thermal springs and mineral waters scattered over western Anatolia that are renowned for their health-giving, therapeutic properties.
There are also a great many interesting historic and religious sites, which have become places of pilgrimage.
Turkey has a reputation for having a temperate climate, but as this is such a vast country, the weather tends to vary depending on the region.
In the south and to the west lies the Aegean, Marmara and Mediterranean coasts, which have a typical Mediterranean climate, hot summers and mild winters. To the north, the Black sea coast has a similar climate but experiences a relatively high rainfall. Moving inland, the climate ranges from hot, dry summers to cold and snowy winters.
Food & Drink
In Turkey, there is a rich tradition associated with liquor. They produce their own red and white wines with the national drink being the anise flavoured “raki.” This is often drunk with “meze”, a selection of small dishes eaten before the main meal, similar to the Spanish tapas.
Meze includes dishes such as honeydew melon, hummus, seafood salads and savoury pastries. This is then followed by the main course which is generally, a fish, grilled meat or kebab dish.
After the main meal, sweets are served, the most famous being lokum (also known as Turkish delight) and baklava.
Another tradition is the espresso size Turkish coffee, as well as Ayran, which is a yoghurt, salt and water mix. Tea is also popular, served strong and black in tulip shaped glasses.
Greetings & Gestures
Turks tend to be more formal and traditional than many other nations.
There are a great many set phrases of politeness to be used in certain situations, from greetings and farewells, to even having been to the Hammam (traditional Turkish baths).
Body language is very important in Turkey and getting it wrong could be extremely embarrassing. ‘Yes’ is the standard nod forward of the head. To signify ‘no’ the head and eyebrows are lifted with a ‘tsk’ sound.
In Turkey it is customary to sit on the floor and when meeting someone, to shake hands. However, in rural areas this is considered inappropriate between genders. It is disrespectful to point ones finger at another and also to show the sole of your foot in the direction of others.
Dating & Marriage
In the very traditional parts of Turkish society, as the population is predominately Muslim, Islamic traditions of dating and marriage are followed but with their own Turkish traditions entwined.
When it is decided that a son should be married, a potential bride is chosen by the women of the family and they are then introduced. If they like each other, marriage preparations are made.
Once the couple are married in a traditional Islamic wedding, they go to the marital chamber to consummate their relationship.
Many spells and religious rites are performed at this time, such as thrusting a knife into the door of the room, or opening a lock in front of the door.
The following morning, the bed sheet is inspected to prove that the bride was a virgin. If evidence is not found, she may be sent back to her family.
Weird & Wonderful
The people of Turkey are extremely superstitious when it comes to the “evil eye” (or Nazar), which is a widely accepted and feared element of daily life.
They believe that receiving a compliment draws attention from the evil eye and causes something bad to happen to that person.
A Boncuk, the blue glass or ceramic piece that looks like it has an eye on it, can be seen everywhere in Turkey. This is believed to protect oneself from the “evil eye.”
If a Boncuk is found cracked, it means it has done its job and immediately a new one has to replace it.
Dan Johnson, Managing Director, comments: “A place with one foot enshrined in majestic history and the other stepping towards the modern world, Turkey offers a mouth-watering mixture of old and new. Blessed with great weather and warm and welcoming people, it is a country that promises much and delivers plenty.”
For more information on Turkish Property in general please visit http://turkey.movechannel.com/
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