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 magazine and 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
Thus we are reassured that the bride, Bodrum, 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 magazine 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.