- All olives start as green olives, as they ripe they become black.
- Olive collecting is traced as early as the 8th millenium BC.
- Scientific researches mark the land of olives as Asia Minor, and the land between Turkey and Syria.
- Treat them with respect, they are old; average life span is 300-400 years.
- The oldest registered olive tree in Turkey is 1650 years old for now.
- Harvesting of olives begin in November and last until March.
- Raw/fresh olives from the trees are too bitter to be eaten.
- Brining, water curing, dry curing are among the most common methods to make them palatable.
- so the olives you have in assosalarga in summer are products of the passed winter and these below will be ready in about 10 days and will still be great to eat until the next harvest in 2014.
- Like all over the Mediterranean land, also Assos is covered with olive trees, the nearest olive tree to us, is in our garden!
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
We have two feasts (bayram) in Turkey, if you are planning a visit to Turkey please check the national holidays online and book ahead, otherwise you may have hard times looking for a place to stay in small villages like Behramkale, Assos.
Roughly here is 2014, at a glance... Please re-check other sites closer to your departure...
- Wednesday Jan 1 New Year's Day
- Wednesday Apr 23 National Sovereignty and Children's Day
- Thursday May 1 Labor and Solidarity Day
- Monday May 19 Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day
- Sunday Jul 27 Ramadan Feast Monday Jul 28 Ramadan Feast
- Tuesday Jul 29 Ramadan Feast Wednesday Jul 30 Ramadan Feast
- Saturday Aug 30 Victory Day
- Half Day Friday Oct 3 Sacrifice Feast
- Saturday Oct 4 Sacrifice Feast
- Sunday Oct 5 Sacrifice Feast
- Tuesday Oct 6 Sacrifice Feast
- Wednesday Oct 7 Sacrifice Feast
- Wednesday Oct 29 Republic Day
Friday, 4 October 2013
Sunday, 22 September 2013
Monday, 22 July 2013
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Friday, 15 March 2013
If you are driving there on your own, it's very simple, just drive direction İzmir from Çanakkale, the signs on the road will lead you to Bergama no matter what! If you choose to use public transportation 'Otogar' is the word to learn. Otogar means 'intercity bus terminal'.
Assuming you are starting from Assos, Behramkale; you have two choices. You either get to Ayvacık Otogar or to Küçükkuyu Otogar, as Küçükkuyu is located on the way to Bergama, it is more convenient. To get to Otogars your hotel can easily arrange you a taxi, to Ayvacık is 17kms and to Küçükkuyu is 30kms. Both destinations are about 40-50 Turkish Liras. During winters, catching a taxi makes more sense whereas in summers from the front of the local coffee place 'kahve' right in the heart of Behramkale or down from the old port there are frequent minibuses parting for both Ayvacık and Küçükkuyu.
Once you get to any of the two Otogars ask for Bergama, they will either arrange you a bus company that goes directly to Bergama or another minibus ride to a busier intercity bus terminal in Edremit from where you will get a bus that drives you to your destination. From the bus terminal of Bergama you may still need a short taxi or a minibus ride to the sight. From there you can walk or enjoy a cable car ride. Departing from Assos to get to Bergama/Pergamon you need at least two transits. As I always suggest: Rent a car, it's safe, time saving and you can enjoy off the beaten track. The remains are alluring, the steepness of the theater is captivating. The photos are from my recent visit, I recommend early hours or afternoon hours for the visit.