She shall have music... in Istanbul

Amazing things happen in our street! Last Saturday, who should come walking down the road, with his band, but Elvis! He was a lot taller than I remember him, but he was still in good voice and appeared to be advertising a new shopping mall! So, despite all the rumours, Elvis lives! 

That evening we were serenaded by two guitarists as we dined in a local restaurant; and on Sunday the operetta returned. How lovely to be surrounded by so much music!

On Tuesday, we went to the Doğal Tatil Resort again. This time for the orientation meetings held for the English Departments and new foreign teachers of the various Istek Schools. The sumptuous welcome dinner was held by the swimming pool and there was dancing to a live band afterwards. Naturally some people finished up in the pool – it was far too tempting. Erol takes the prize for swimming a spectacular length, fully clothed, after his dunking. Although, perhaps his aquatic expertise is to be expected as he spent some time in the Submarine Corps. 

The following day was taken up by meetings, although I am not sure that everyone appeared, as the last revellers staggered to their beds at 5.00am!

David amid a happy group of colleagues.

The beautiful Nil, the resort manager, and a great friend, 
with Erol, the champion swimmer!

David was kept busy with the two days of orientation meetings, but I was free to please myself. On Thursday, Hilmi drove Roger, Tuğba and me into Şile for the morning. It is a quaint old town which is fast growing into a major holiday resort, judging from the many villas being built. Of course, Tuğba and I managed to get some shopping in as well as admiring the sights! (In the photo: L to R Hilmi, Tuğba and Roger.)

The view of Şile Harbour and the ancient castle.


  1. Hi Liz (John Here) Fancy showing those wonderful pictures just as I return to Thetford teaching (which as you know is different to normal teaching) Glad you are both happy and living it up.

  2. Hi John. I hope you are coping without Clare. We look forward to having you all here for Christmas - you do deserve a break!


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