As we are entering our fourth total lockdown since this
virus struck, we are not allowed out at all: it certainly is
a different start to the season.
The streets have had a
"bit" of a wash and, just in case we didn't know, Marmaris Belediye erected a sign. The
Jandarma are out and about
telling us all to Evde Kal! Stay at home! and are enforcing
the over 65 and under 20 year old rule, especially at the
Monday market which is vastly reduced. All fruit and veg is
pre-packed as it is in the supermarkets. Masks have to be
worn at the market and when entering any shop and social
distancing is in place, same as in the UK. Fortunately
during lockdown bread is being delivered to most homes.
Our third lockdown was for four days which started at
midnight on 22nd April as 23rd was Children's Day. Usually
the children celebrate this at school with shows and dancing
but this year they stood on their balconies at 9pm singing
as the Belediye drove round the village playing the National
Anthem. Despite the four day lockdown, for the first two
days we were allowed to walk out for essentials between 9am
and 2pm. Rumours abound that these weekend lockdowns will
continue until the end of May, that the village will
hopefully open up earlier than that and that over 65's will
be allowed out at the weekend for 3 hours while the rest of
us are in! The feeling in the village is that we may slowly
start to open after Ramadan for the Şeker (sugar) Bayram
holiday which is 24-26 May this year.
Further afield in Marmaris wildlife is returning!
Now for the village update, as it was before all was put
As you come in to the village the old Physkos villas that
have stood empty for years are being totally renovated and
are looking great.
Next along we have the old Surmen Restaurant which has
been taken over by Sezgin from the Yalı and will be known as
The area next to Fidan Bar are hoping to do fish related
dishes and across the road (just down by Çınar) Emine, from
the firin (bakery), has opened a dried food shop. She is also doing
Esa from Surmen Restaurant has taken over Nehir
Restaurant. This is up the side road from the tea garden
towards the bakers.
Along from the bakers in the new building we have another
Cem Silver and Cengiz watch and sunglasses have teamed up
and are moving to the gift shop that stands next to the
Down at the harbour Çardak Restaurant has been split into
separate units and the stairs to Es Restaurant have come
down. As we are not allowed near the beach or harbour at the
moment, I don't know what's occurring there.
Along the front Körfez has knocked down their front wall
and Oba has installed glass doors to the inside part of the
Here's hoping, hope you are all keeping well and hope to
see you back in beautiful Turunç in the not too distant