Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Goodbye to 2012.


New Year's Eve dawned sunny and bright in Bodrum and it was warm enough to wander along the harbour without a coat. By midday, restaurants on the front were filling up and dog walking involved dodging drivers with phones clasped to ears, cruising the back streets looking for parking spaces. By mid-afternoon a chaotic air had taken over the town and traffic lights were being totally ignored so a trip to the supermarket necessitated a bit of shifty foot work. The municipality had a good line-up organised for its annual free pop concert and most locals and visitors were aiming to be in the town centre, even I was contemplating heading down there for a look. Then the rain started, which put me off the trip but didn't dampen the spirits of the committed revellers. At a few minutes to midnight we nipped up to our roof for a stereo firework display as the rockets zoomed up from the harbour in front and the Marmara Hotel behind. As the fireworks finished, in unison hands went to car horns and we closed our roof door on the cacophony of toots, peeps and blasts and gave thanks for our double glazing. 

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  1. . . we rejoiced last night - that we live a long way up a muddy lane in the middle of the forest. Yesterday and today look pretty much the same - one wonders what people are celebrating - a new year in Syria; peace in Mali or Yemen; justice for Palestine; or perhaps the collapse of paper money! I know, I'm a miserable old party-pooper :-D

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    1. I think we are more boring old farts than party poopers. Home with a nice bottle of wine is more attractive than crowds, rain and mayhem.

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  2. We also had a noisy New Year's Eve, enjoying it with friends at a waterfront restaurant on Burgazada. The music coming from the free 'concert' in the town square a few dozen meters away left something to be desired. Maybe we are just getting old. But they did manage to send up a few fireworks and everyone who had come out of the restaurants to fill the square cheered in the New Year. We hope yours is a very good one.

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    1. We should join in more, but the sofa usually wins.

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  3. Sounds good to me! In fact, Bodrum sounds good! We were with Daughter no 2, SIL and our favourite little Eva - what could be better?

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    1. My daughter was away for New Year's Eve, but we got her back today.

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  4. Wishing you a happy new year!

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    1. You too Joy. I hope to get up to Istanbul this year and try out some of your recommendations,

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  5. We missed our boozy Belle ringing at Musto's this year. Apparently, takings are down since we left!

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    1. Musto's was busy yesterday and today but generally it has seemed a bit lifeless.

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  6. We're not party animals, but the annual new year thrash at a friend's house was great....no loud music, the telvision muted until the national anthem at midnight, plenty of people to catch up with....just lots of talking, laughing eating and drinking in a pleasant atmosphere in the open air.

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  7. You must be glad to be back after your long convoluted trip.

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  8. Happy New Year to you.

    We were at a party with friends but had to leave early due to Ashley having a bad cold... So at midnight we were up on the roof to watch the fireworks and listen to the small arms fire.

    The castle is all lit up again and İ think it would be lovely if they could have the fireworks there, but it might damage the fabric of the building.

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    1. Fireworks from the castle in Selçuk would be spectacular. I didn't hear any gun fire in Bodrum this year - just car horns.

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  9. I was too tired to stay awake to see the New Year in so Mr A went off to the teahouse to celebrate with his friends, armed with a bottle of Jack Daniels which I'm sure went down a treat.

    Happy New Year xxx

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    1. I can't imagine the tea house sees a bottle of Jack Daniels very often

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  10. Perfect New Year! Watching down from home sounds luxurious!
    A wonderful new year to you!

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    1. Happy New year to you and yours Annie.

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  11. We were going to go out and celebrate with the party animals of Alcala la Real but ended up staying at home with my in-laws. And to be honest, I much preferred it that way. Happy New Year to you all, Axxx

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    1. Your family celebrations over the whole period look wonderful.

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  12. Wishing you a very Happy, healthy New Year!!!!! We didn't go out this year we all had a bad cold, so stayed home and watched CNN in New York at Times Square, brought back memories b/c I lived around the corner for years there.
    I actually have two Christmases and two New Years....coming up this weekend for we follow the old Orthodox calendar....gets to be too much sometimes doing it two weeks later again, but with different foods.
    A wonderful year again to you!!!!

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    1. Wishing you a double New Year celebrations. We too can nip across to Kos and catch the Orthodox ceremonies for Xmas and Easter, if we feel we didn't get it right the first time.

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  13. Happy new year, Mutlu yillar! It certainly can get quite lively in Bodrum - depending on where you are - and having a double glazing is very smart. Enjoy Bodrum for us and look forward to your posts : ) x Ozlem

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    1. Triple glazing in Bodrum is a good idea - Lively is a polite way of putting it.

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  14. Happy New year, BtoB, and that sounds like a very lively way of marking its beginning. We were breathtakingly staid in comparison. :-)

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  15. I was staid too - apart from 10 minutes on the roof, I spent the evening on the sofa.

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