“Something old, something new,
something borrowed, something blue”
Everyone familiar with old and
quaint matrimonial customs in the English-speaking
world will recognize the above heading. It alludes
to the nature of some items a bride ought to have
to bring success to her marriage. We contend that
Bodrum has it all. Starting in reverse, with the
last item first, it is obvious that nature has
been most generous.
The blue seas are
all around us and above are the most brilliant
of blue summer skies. And an added touch of blue
comes from the magnificent “Blue Voyages”
which are practically synonymous with Bodrum.
How about “something borrowed”? Again Bodrum
is fortunate with a constant stream of “borrowed”
visitors and a large international community that further
enriches the already varied and vibrant native culture.
One could reasonably think that Bodrum’s ancient
roots might imply a conservative inclination, but deep-seated
traditions don’t exclude the acceptance - indeed,
the seeking out - of the latest in the modern world.
Today, the “something new” in Bodrum’s
trousseau is the Internet, with its brave new world
of cyberspace. ICQ and chatting are as popular in Bodrum
as in Beverly Hills and e-mail is taken for granted.
The tally of features that fit into the “something
old” category is awesome, as it should be in a
place as ancient as Bodrum. You will come across mention
of some in your perusal of this site and, if you do
come in person, in your explorations of the city. The
Bodrum Castle and the Mausoleum are the best-known,
but we are also proud of the latest additions to the
catalogue of something old, the recently restored Myndus
Gate and the Ottoman Shipyard Tower.
Thus we are reassured that the bride is properly endowed
with the prerequisites of success, as commanded by ancient
custom. Having read this so far, however, please don’t
cringe and mutter to yourself that “this is just
another sugar-sweet serving of Tourist Board propaganda”
- though we freely admit to being smitten with Bodrum.
We do our best to be informative, but we also do enjoy
calling out when the emperor has no clothes. We hope
you find our site interesting and lots of fun because
that is the essence of this very special place.
Today’s Bodrum – and when speaking
of Bodrum we include the whole peninsula –
has aspects that appeal to a broad range of interests.
The sun-worshipper, the devotee of the deep, the
avid sailor, the disco fan and the shopping junkie,
all can engage in their favored activities to
their heart’s content.
But it’s the ever-changing kaleidoscope of available
experiences, from high-brow to pedestrian, which makes
Bodrum truly unique.