Saturday, March 7, 2015

Car Hire (rental) in MIlas and Bodrum Turkey

With the 2015 holiday season approaching, who are you going to call for airport transfers and car hire. The are so many options available, I am not going to list them here, but I can recommend the following:

http://www.rentacarmilas.com/
contact details:
info@rentacarmilas.com
+90 542 436 8981 / +90 555 360 2285
 
 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A visit to Istanbul - The Basilica Cistern





  

The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı - "Sunken Palace", or Yerebatan Sarnıcı - "Sunken Cistern"), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul (that is formerly Constantinople), Turkey. The cistern, located 500 feet (150 m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I

History
The name of this subterranean structure derives from a large public square on the First Hill of Constantinople, the Stoa Basilica, beneath which it was originally constructed. Before being converted to a cistern, a great Basilica stood in its place, built between the 3rd and 4th centuries during the Early Roman Age as a commercial, legal and artistic centre. The basilica was reconstructed by Illus after a fire in 476.

Ancient texts indicated that the basilica contained gardens, surrounded by a colonnade and facing the Hagia Sophia.[1] According to ancient historians, Emperor Constantine built a structure that was later rebuilt and enlarged by Emperor Justinian after the Nika riots of 532, which devastated the city.

Historical texts claim that 7,000 slaves were involved in the construction of the cistern.

The enlarged cistern provided a water filtration system for the Great Palace of Constantinople and other buildings on the First Hill, and continued to provide water to the Topkapi Palace after the Ottoman conquest in 1453 and into modern times.

Measurements and data
Fifty-two stone steps descend into the entrance of the cistern. The cistern is surrounded by a firebrick wall with a thickness of 4 metres (13 ft) and coated with a waterproofing mortar. The Basilica Cistern's water came from the Eğrikapı Water Distribution Center in the Belgrade Forest, which lie 19 kilometres (12 mi) north of the city. It traveled through the 971 metres (3,186 ft)-long Valens (Bozdoğan) Aqueduct, and the 115.45 metres (378.8 ft)-long Mağlova Aqueduct, which was built by the Emperor Justinian.[1]

The cistern has the capacity to store 100,000 tons of water, despite being virtually empty today with only a few feet of water lining the bottom.

The weight of the cistern lies on the columns by means of the cross-shaped vaults and round arches of its roof.

The Basilica Cistern has undergone several restorations since its foundation. The first of the repairs were carried out twice during the Ottoman State in the 18th century during the reign of Ahmed III in 1723 by the architect Muhammad Agha of Kayseri. The second major repair was completed during the 19th century during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II (1876–1909). Cracks to masonry and damaged columns were repaired in 1968, with additional restoration in 1985 by the Istanbul Metropolitan Museum. During the 1985 restoration, 50,000 tons of mud were removed from the cisterns, and platforms built throughout to replace the boats once used to tour the cistern. The cistern was opened to the public in its current condition on 9 September 1987. In May 1994, the cistern underwent additional cleaning.















Monday, October 20, 2014

How to retrieve your Turkish tax number (vergi kimlik)

How to get your Turkish tax number (vergi kimlik)

There has been a lot of activity about this lately as Intasure have been contacting their clients concerning their tax number.

All property owners will have been issued a tax number from the Bodrum
or Milas tax office. Many of you will not have made a note as the
solicitor may have held back this number only to charge you for
retrieving it later as they never miss a trick to make more money.

Luckily there is an online service to retrieve you number at the government website : https://intvd.gib.gov.tr/internetvd/index.jsp?page=IVD_VKNO

This is the page you will be faced with:


You need to add:
surname
forenames
father forenames

Then select Yutdışı

then add your year of birth (ie 1959)

(note, the chances are they will have used a Turkish i which is ı if you
have an i in your name. See note below if you do not know how to do
this.


It took me several attempts to get my number. First I did not know I had
to add the Turkish ı, then they left my fathers middle name out, so I
had to run multiple variations until I got the result. You may well need
to do this as getting your number in the first hit is unlikely, so you need to be patient.


HOW TO TYPE IN TURKISH

Option 1: use an online virtual keyboard and copy and paste the Turkish letters.

Option 2: Install a Turkish keyboard onto you PC.
If you have a Mac then you need to search for how to do this on the
net. If you tyep a lot of Turkish this is a good option. If not, the 1st
option may be the best one for you.

GOOD LUCK

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Paying an Aydem electric bill - be warned

 
Notice about Aydem electric bills.

If you meter reading is well over what is should be, chances are Aydem have made an error. The problems start here.

If you get them to check their error, they will most likely take a month to rectify the reading. As luck would have it for them, the next bill is then due.

This will then coincide with the now lower debt from the previous month, so they cut you off, just like that as the previous month is now outstanding.

So, if you do not want to be cut off even though the reading is wrong, you need to pay your bill like a good little client, as they have the POWER to disconnect if you dare stand up to them.

Nice one Aydem!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Paying Milas council tax online 2014 - A guide

Milas Council tax becomes due in January each year. You are able to pay this in two instalments, by the end of May and November. Any outstanding balance of these respective date will gain interest. You are able to clear the account in one go if you prefer.  

I think the online service is the best method of payment and if you follow these steps, you have a good chance of being able to pay your council tax online, tried and test by many Idealworld Bodrum property management clients. This guide has been updated to take account of changes to the Milas council website 2014.

The website
http://www.milas.bel.tr

Clicking on the ENGLISH link does not seem to bring many advantages, except for English navigation options. None of the content on the site is actually in English. Maybe this will come in time.



CLICK THE LINK ON THE COUNCIL WEBSITE AS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE SCREEN PRINT ABOVE OR USE THE FOLLOWING LINK:    Giriş için tıklayın







A new window will open. You will see in the top left hand corner a box which I have highlighted. You only need a user number as the previous requirement for a password has gone. If you do not have these number you need to contact the Milas Tapu office or Idealworld if you are a client.

PLEASE ENTER YOUR USER NUMBER IN THE BOX



This is what you will see if you have no debt on your account. In this case, you have no need to carry on, so see you next year. If you have a debt, then please read on.


SELECT THE PAYMENTS YOU WISH TO MAKE. IF YOU WANT TO PAY ALL OUTSTANDING PAYMENT, SELECT THE BOX AT THE TOP JUST AS I AVE IN THE IMAGE ABOVE. THE TOTAL TO BE PAID WILL APPEAR TO THE RIGHT (AS HIGHLIGHTED ABOVE). THEN CLICK ONLINE ÖDEME (AS HIGLIGHTED IN THE IMAGE ABOVE) TO MAKE THE PAYMENT.







The Payment
Use the image above to guide you through the payment screen. 
  1. Type 11111111111 (that's eleven ones)
  2. Type you name as it appears on the tapu
  3. Type 02521234567 as an example. You are unable to add international number so a pointless box for foreigners.
  4. Type your email address. This is where you receipt with be sent.
  5. Type your name as it appears on your credit card.
  6. select the credit card number box, then use the number pad to the right to select your credit card number.
  7. Select the card's expriry date
  8. Select the next box and add the 3 digit security code using the number pad.
  9. To complete the transaction click ÖDEMEYI TAMALA
The website will now process your information. A small window will open in the middle of the screen which asks you to wait while the payment is being verified. If all went well, the screen will refresh and you will see that you either owe nothing on your account, or the remainder of you did not select to pay. You will now receive a receipt in your email inbox.

THAT'S IT. I hope you have found this guide useful.



If you do not have a username, please follow these guidelines:

If you are not an Idealworld client then you will need to claim your username and password from the council. This is the procedure (thanks to Brian Watts for this info):

info@milas.bel.tr
Subject: e-belediye Şifre
Email Body:

Tckimlik No: Turkish kimlik or foreign passport No
Ad: Name
Soyad: Surname
Baba Adı: Father's Name
Ana Adı: Main Title
Doğum Yeri: Place of birth
Doğum Tarihi: Date of birth
Adres: Address
Ev Tel: Home Phone (including international code)
Cep Tel: Mobile Phone (including international code)
Varsa Emlak Sicil No: Real Estate Registration No (you should be able to get this from  your Tapu).

GOOD LUCK

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Golden Savoy Bodrum

For those of you that have visited Bodrum in Turkey, you will have driven past the rather elaborate hotel entrance to the Golden Savoy. After stumbling across the website for the hotel, I thought I would share the information with you all.

I think 'exclusive' is the word to describe the luxury portrayed at this hotel. Situated on the coastline approaching the Bodrum peninsula not far from a fishing village called Güvercinlik and also not far from Torba, this hotel enjoys a beautiful view of the bay.

Along with a view of the Bodrum peninsula, there is Didim on the horizon with Turkish and Greek islands jostling for position.


The prices 
These are something from another world.You would need to be seriously well off to be able to afford to stay at this hotel. You can see how the 1% live though buy looking at the magnificent decoration, furniture and design of the hotel. If you can afford $800 - $64,000 (yep sixty four thousand Dollars) per night, then you will get a closer look at the hotel. Those of us that can only dream of this kind of price tag, we will have to rely on the website to look over the hotel.








So, if you have a spare $7,000 to stay with your family in the 90 m2 Premium suite or $440,000 for the 2000 m2 6 bedroom Golden palace, you can book here at http://www.goldensavoy.com

Happy holidays