Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Happy New Year - 2017

We wish everyone a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and hope 2017 is awesome.

The New Year is here, so what a great time to revitalise the blog. I hope to be adding to the posts over the coming month as I have neglected to do so for some time now.

This is the new face for the IdealworldBodrum.com homepage. There is a lot of work to do to get the website up to speed and I hope to be doing that over the coming months.

A lot of information here needs to be updated, and it will be as time permits.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, December 1, 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

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, April 27, 2015

Welcome to the Tuzla Homeowners Association!



The Tuzla Homeowners Association!

The Tuzla Homeowners Association is a community based project
bringing owners together to promote a happy and prosperous environment.
If you own a property and wish to play a part in making the Tuzla area
the best it can be then the THA is the place for you.

If you are not already a member, click on "Join" in the menu for info
on how to join, or click "Join online!" to apply for membership right

If you are already a member, login on the left to access the member area.


The THA (Tuzla Homeowners Association) is a community-focused

association which plans to bring home owners together to create a

better managed and more enjoyable environment for us all.

If you own a property on FCC, TQ, RH or Lakeside and wish to play a part

in making the Tuzla area the best it can be then the THA is the place for you!

An Association that Exists For The Tuzla Community

✦A Platform for owners to Interact, Support and Share Ideas

✦A Forum to receive and share accurate and Reliable Information

✦ An Opportunity to ask Questions and get honest Answers

✦ An Association run by Owners for Owners

✦A Multi-Lingual Website & Forum

Take Control - Get in the Know

Find Out More Visit


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:

contact details:
+90 542 436 8981 / +90 555 360 2285

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:
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

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.


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.


Friday, August 22, 2014

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!