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Remember the days when you would hear the rattling of the milk bottles in their crates as the milkman did his early morning round?  Well that is soon to become a familiar sound in Kalkan thanks to a couple of local entrepreneurs.

We are living in times when a number of retro ideas are making a welcome return.  Back in the day you would get a local grocer's van or the milkman coming down your street.  The 21st century equivalent of this is the supermarket home delivery service, which has become popular with lots of people in the UK.  Having the retailer deliver rather than lots of customers getting into their cars to go to the shops makes sense.

Semih Sekim a young farmer from nearby Palamut and his neighbour Ömer Genize have concluded that there is a significant demand for home deliveries in Kalkan and they intend to meet that demand by selling produce from local farms.  We think it's a 24 carat gold top idea.

With a head office in Newcastle, Greggs is the largest bakery chain in the UK.  It specialises in take away food including pasties, pastries and sandwiches.

Over recent years it has expanded successfully in the UK but Chief Executive Roger Whiteside has had his eye on overseas opportunities for some time, and he is looking to try out locations abroad where there is a significant British presence.

They have already established European shops in places such as southern Spain, and now they are piloting a couple of more exotic locations, one of which is Kalkan.

Following recent incidents in Antalya province, the Turkish authorities are taking steps to raise awareness of the issue of removing stones and pebbles from local beaches.  One initiative is an amnesty to encourage people to return items that have been illegally removed from beaches.

In fact removing pebbles and stones from beaches is illegal in many countries, including the UK, but in Turkey they have especially strict laws against the smuggling of artefacts, and taking souvenirs from a beach over here may result in you falling foul of the law.  

In one incident towards the end of 2015, a Scottish holidaymaker Hamish MacChuckie, 25, from Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway was detained after it was discovered he had collected stones from local beaches.

In 2014 a group of Turkish banks, Turkcell and Visa International joined forces to take forward the development of contactless payment solutions in Turkey.

It's the kind of technology many people will be familiar with in the UK, where you can use either a contactless plastic card or even your smart phone to pay for low value goods and services.

This technology is here in Turkey too, and small scale trials are often used to test out the latest functionality.  The above project group has chosen Kaş and Kalkan for one such trial, starting later this month.

The familiar yellow taxis in Kaş and Kalkan are trying out two new contactless payment devices - one will be used for contactless cards, and the other will take payments from smart phones.

One of the first things to change, following Kalkan's absorption into the larger Kaş municipality, is the requirement to paint all properties white.

Regular KTLN readers may recall a story we ran back in December 2010, where we explained how the then Kaş Mayor announced that henceforth, all properties were to be painted white.

Citing the example of the Aegean coastal town of Bodrum where this was already a requirement, the Mayor said that existing legislation gave Kaş Belediye the authority to do this.

Now that Kalkan has joined the Kaş municipality, this requirement has been extended to cover properties here.  Areas included are the old town, Kalamar, Ortaalan, Kızıltaş, Kömürlük and Kışla.

Thursday, 01 April 2010 10:32

Human powered tourist rickshaws

Human powered tourist rickshaws
by our environment correspondent Richard Shore

Kalkan is amongst a handful of popular tourist locations in Turkey that have been selected to take part in a scheme that will see rickshaws supplement the traditional yellow taxis.

The scheme aims to promote the use of human powered transportation as an alternative, environmentally friendly option.  Grants have been obtained from UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), to pay for some of the capital investment required.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010 08:16

Turkey to UK - Dijon to Dover

Day 7

Last night, (Monday), we pushed the boat out and had our last meal in continental Europe - one duck and one shellfish platter (perhaps a high risk meal for the driver, looking back on it).  

As we walked back along cobbled streets to our hotel the temperature must have been at freezing point.  We again marvelled at the scale and elegance of many of the buildings.  Some of the old wooden doors were perhaps 8 feet high.  "Look at the knockers on that", said the KTLN chief navigator.  I spun round quickly to see the KTLN chief navigator pointing at the door furniture.  They were indeed impressive.

This morning, (Tuesday), we had a simple, but enjoyable breakfast at Hotel Republique, before heading off.  The hotel proprietor had warned us that we could expect 'beaucoup de brouillard'.  No sooner had we pulled out of the hotel courtyard, when the freezing fog hit us.

Monday, 18 January 2010 08:15

Turkey to UK - Aix-en-Provence to Dijon

Day 6

We enjoyed our evening in Aix-en-Provence.  We hope we get an opportunity to return one day.  As we don't have so far to go today, (Monday), we treat ourselves to a lie-in.

The plan is to head north to Dijon, in central France.  We had originally thought to stop at Nuits Saint Georges, just south of Dijon.  It's a lovely town, but we remember stopping there on our outward journey last year.  We arrived on a Monday and there wasn't much open.  So we figure that as it is Monday again, Dijon will be a bit more lively.

As we leave A-e-P, it is a glorious, blue sky, sunny day.  The temperatures start out at 5c, but get as high as 11c en route.  It makes such a difference from the grey skies of Italy.

Sunday, 17 January 2010 08:14

Turkey to UK - Parma to Aix-en-Provence

Day 5

When in Parma you have to sample the ham, so at breakfast, that's precisely what we do.  It's pretty good.  We check out at 9.20 and our aim today is to reach Aix-en-Provence.  

We have chosen a route that takes us along the Cote d'Azure.  Yesterday we drove up the Adriatic coast for much of the day, before heading west to Parma.  Today we will have the Mediterranean to our left as we drive from Italy to France.

It's another morning of grey skies.  It is only 4c, but at least it's not raining.  As we head west the landscape changes from flat lowlands to mountains.  As we drive up these mountains, we can see snow around us from earlier days, but thankfully the roads is clear.  The temperature falls to zero, so we have to take it steady on the winding roads.

Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:14

Turkey to UK - Igoumenitsa to Parma

Day 4

We have now left Greece behind.  It was a brief but enjoyable journey.  I am ashamed to say we hardly spoke a word of Greek whilst we were there.  But at least we do know "yes", "no", "please" and "thank you".

Before we start on day 4, (Saturday), let's begin with the overnight journey by Superfast ferry, from Igoumenitsa to Ancona.  The scheduled departure time was 20.00 on Friday 15th January, however, we didn't set sail until around 21.00.  

But once we board, we can't get over how fantastic the ship is - the Superfast V, compared to the ship we had when we originally drove the car over, (Ancona to Çeşme).  It is in a different league.  It has everything you could possibly want, and I can't praise the ship or its staff highly enough.

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