Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Yalikavak Bodrum Turkey Lovers

Looking Forward to a New Life…

After a day spent in the streets of Bodrum we decided today to see some more of Turkey and take a bus to the town of Yalikavak on the northern coast of the Bodrum Peninsular where we came across this statue.

I am not entirely certain that the translation board explaining what it is about has quite managed to capture the spirit of the story…

 “Leaving Çökertme I felt safe and sound, oh my Halil,                                                But before reaching the Bitez shore all hell broke loose at sea                                  My Friend Ibrahim Çavu, washed overboard, now rests with God                      This is not Aspat, oh my Halil, it’s the Bitez shore;                                                          My heart is afire, deep are the wounds of the bullets…”

but the statue tells the local tale of two lovers who tried to escape from feuding families and corrupt officials in Turkey to the Greek island of Kos but were betrayed in an ambush and were shot and died together. 

It’s not quite ‘Romeo and Juliet’ but it’s just as sad.

Read the full story…

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5 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

  1. Hmmm…. “shot and died together” — cute? Not quite exactly the word that might spring to my mind.

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  2. Before I read your story, I wondered if this could be Lot’s wife, who looked back (while he was moving forward) even though she had been told not to, and was turned into a pillar of salt. Not the same story, I guess.

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  3. Around these countries there are a lot of these real life stories. people how lost their life while trying to save their families or looking for new life. in all that I can say that each statue you see have a story that makes us think what life is about

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