Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Türkiye.
Curated from various news sources.
Türkiye pays tribute on the 85th anniversary of Atatürk’s passing
Türkiye paused at 9:05 a.m. on Friday to honor the republic’s founder with nationwide ceremonies commemorating his pivotal role in shaping the country after leading the War of Independence.
No force can hinder the rise of the country and the construction of the “Century of Türkiye,” the nation’s president said Friday, marking the 85th anniversary of the passing of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Türkiye.
“On the 85th anniversary of your passing, dear Atatürk, once again, we remember with reverence your esteemed personality, your comrades in arms, the heroic martyrs who fell for our nation, and the veterans who shed their blood for the same ideals,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wrote in the memorial book of Anıtkabir, Atatürk’s mausoleum in the capital Ankara.
“As we leave behind the first century (of the republic) with great pride and embark on the second century with the vision of the ‘Century of Türkiye,’ we are working with passion today, just as we have been for the past 21 years, to make our republic everlasting and victorious,” he said, referring to the 21 years of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) rule.
He added that they continue to elevate the Republic of Türkiye, which is the hope of the oppressed, the support for the orphaned and the pride of its citizens, in every area.
“Bless your soul,” he wrote.
Before leaving his written message, Erdoğan placed a wreath at the mausoleum and joined in a moment of silence for the late leader before taking part in the Turkish national anthem along with a distinguished delegation.
During the moment of silence, the Turkish flag was lowered to half-staff.
As is customary every Nov. 10 in Türkiye, daily life stopped at 9.05 a.m. local time, with sirens wailing to mark the exact moment of Atatürk’s death at age 57, and millions of people across the country observed two minutes of silence.
Atatürk commemorated at a depth of 10 meters in Fethiye
In Muğla’s Fethiye district, a group of divers unfurled the Turkish flag under the sea on the 85th anniversary of Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s death.
Divers unfurled a Turkish flag with Atatürk’s picture on it at a depth of 10 meters in the sea, and also opened a banner with the words “We Remember 1938 with Respect” and a clock showing 09.05.
Diving school owner and instructor Önder Diktaş said, “We commemorated the founder of our Republic, the great leader Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, with respect and gratitude under the sea on his 85th anniversary. “We will continue our commitment to Atatürk’s principles and reforms forever,” he said.
Atatürk’s wax statue is opened to visitors in Berlin
The new wax figure at Madame Tussauds Berlin preserves his memory in the German capital and allows the public to engage with Atatürk’s inspiring personality.
The detailed set, which pays tribute to his life, has been open to all guests since 10 November 2023, the anniversary of his death.
Türkiye’s Consul General in Berlin, İlker Okan Şanlı, spoke at the launch event of the wax statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, saying:
“We are excited, happy and proud. Having the statue of our Ancestor in Berlin is something that suits the Turkish community here. Its timing is also extraordinary. We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Republic. It is also meaningful because it is the 85th anniversary of our Ancestor’s passing away. Having the statue here is Turkish.” “It will help strengthen the bond between society and German society and bring Atatürk’s ideals to wider audiences.”
Healed loggerhead turtle covers epic 28,000-km
A Caretta caretta found injured in southwestern Muğla city and released back into the sea after receiving treatment has astounded researchers and the public alike by embarking on an incredible 28,000-kilometer journey over the span of 50 months.
The remarkable expedition of the Caretta caretta named Tuba began in 2019 when she was discovered injured and subsequently treated at the Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (DEKAMER) on Ortaca district’s İztuzu beach.
After a period of rehabilitation, she was released into the sea on Aug. 28, 2019, with the satellite tracking device affixed to her shell. Since then, Tuba has covered an astonishing distance, reaching the Ionian Sea during her journey.
The turtle’s travels have captured the attention of the public, with a staggering 9 million people following the map displaying her route. Tuba’s story has not only fascinated people locally but has also gained international recognition.
DEKAMER head Yakup Kaska expressed his amazement at Tuba’s journey, stating, “Tuba has taken its place among the turtles monitored after a long rehabilitation process both in Türkiye and in the world.”
Meanwhile, İztuzu beach, a crucial nesting site for endangered loggerhead turtles, witnessed a significant milestone this season. Around 35,000 hatchlings emerged from 745 nesting sites, making their way to the ocean.
2 restaurants from Bodrum have MICHELIN Stars
Michelin is happy to announce the new restaurant selection of the MICHELIN Guide Istanbul, Izmir, Bodrum. Michelin inspectors included a total of 111 restaurants, 15 in Izmir and 19 in Bodrum, in the new selection of the guide. While 3 restaurants from Izmir and 2 restaurants from Bodrum received a MICHELIN Star, a total of 8 restaurants, 2 from Bodrum and 6 in Izmir, were awarded the Bib Gourmand award.
In Bodrum, 2 restaurants were awarded a MICHELIN Star:
Run by chef Osman Sezener, Kitchen offers modern Turkish cuisine with delicious international touches. Here, regional and fresh produce is at the center of plates that are always freshly prepared, rich in flavor but at the same time simple and strong-tasting, as in the grilled octopus cooked over charcoal and enriched with salsa verde made from herbs from the garden.
Aegean cuisine enthusiasts, after following the narrow and winding road along the coast, will enjoy Maçakızı, which is also on Michelin’s recommended hotels list and has the same name as the hotel. Chef Aret Sahakyan’s creative techniques dance with local culinary traditions. In addition to the wine list consisting of first-class Turkish and European wines, the restaurant also has an impressive selection of champagne.
The 2024 selection of the MICHELIN Guide includes 4 new MICHELIN Green Star restaurants, 3 in Izmir and 1 in Istanbul. The MICHELIN Green Star honors restaurants that are pioneers in environmentally responsible gastronomy, and also serves as a reliable resource for gourmets who are truly passionate about this subject and seek to discover inspiring cuisines.
OD Urla, Vino Locale and Hangi Lokanta from Izmir, and Circle by Vertical from Istanbul were among the restaurants awarded with the MICHELIN Green Star. With Neolokal, which was included in last year’s selection, retaining its MICHELIN Green Star, the number of restaurants awarded with the MICHELIN Green Star in the 2024 selection of the MICHELIN Guide increased to 5.
Much-awaited rain to bring respite from drought
Amid a severe drought following a scorching summer and unseasonably warm weather persisting across the country until the last month of autumn, weather conditions are beginning to shift with precipitation expected to affect many cities, primarily provinces in the Marmara and Aegean regions, the Turkish State Meteorological Service has said.
The latest weather report from the bureau indicated that the long-anticipated rainfall, particularly crucial for cities experiencing grave drought, such as Istanbul with its 19 million residents and the tourism hub of Bodrum, has finally arrived. Following the concerns regarding critically low water levels in dams and a prolonged period of drought looming since September, the bureau noted that rainfall is likely to continue steadily for some time.
The Marmara and Aegean regions will experience rainy weather for five days, the report pointed out.
With the onset of rain showers, a drop in temperatures is also expected. Additionally, the bureau has issued a warning of storms for the provinces in the Eastern Black Sea region.
According to the weather forecast, rainy conditions with a temperature of 21 degrees will prevail in the capital Ankara and Istanbul, and 23 degrees in the western province of İzmir.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor lost their home match against Belediye Derincespor on Sunday. The final score was 1-2.
Fethiyespor drop to 8th place on the league table with 13 matches played.
Sunday 19th November away against Amed S.F.K. The kick-off time is at 14:00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 34.90 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 35.14 TL.
The US Dollar bought 28.55 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 28.39 TL.
The Euro bought 30.60 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 30.48 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth