Category Archives: Turkey

Jazz Café

The Jazz Café is at the far end of the beach. During Bayram – the biggest public holiday in Turkey- several concerts were planned .

We reserved a table for a concert where a girl called Selale  Sehnazsam was singing.  There was a guy on keyboard and another on guitar. It was a really good evening! Selale was an excellent singer and entertainer! She sang an eclectic mix of songs in different languages and engaged with the audience. The banter was all in Turkish of course but we often got the gist and joined in (clapping or the odd refrain) with everyone else. People were walking past the café, returning from restaurants etc and Selale got some of them singing and dancing too!

There was a good crowd at the café and everyone was having fun. Our young waitress – who looked about 18 or 19 – was clearly enjoying the evening, smiling and singing and skipping along as she served people. The concert lasted from 10 till about 12.20 with a short break in the middle. It cost us 30tl each plus drinks.

A Morning Swim

No matter how many times I swim in the top pool, I’m always amazed by the colours which surround me. They hit me every time I turn to start a new length – like a rainbow of flowers amongst foliage with a backdrop – almost always – of a cloudless blue sky.

I start counting the different colours this morning and get to 11 by the time I’ve finished the length. My favourites are the bright purple bougainvillea – even brighter in the morning sunlight – with its tiny white flowers and a delicate little cornflower blue flower which masses along the wall opposite. Then there is the cerise pink climber with large blossoms entwined in the olive tree beside me. All around there are little yellow flowers with orange centres which attract the white butterflies and there are splashes of reds, purples, white and orange in a myriad of greens.

The olive tree is heavily laden and a few ripe olives have fallen close to the pool. The sky is bright blue and there’s the gentlest of breezes…