Sunday, 1 July 2012

Views Around Değirman Park, Turkey

Değirman Park can be found outside of Kuşadası on the Davutlar Road, on the Aegean Coast of Turkey.  The central focus of the park is its restaurant that specialises in serving up food grown in the grounds of the park.  At the entrance to the park is a newly constructed Olive Museum showing the history of Olive Oil production.  On this visit we did not go into the Museum but had a look at some of the exhibits outside.
Here you can see a reproduction of transportation to transport the olives.



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This Chevrolet Viking 960 Bus used by a local travel company looks perfectly at home parked alongside the Museum.


Here you can see a cast iron olive press.

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Although the Olive Museum is a new building they have added some lovely old features to keep it in character with the rest of the park.  The main door to the museum is very impressive with its carvings and door knocker.



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Here you can see some very hefty grinding stones,


and several sizes of earthenware storage jars.

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This lovely looking windmill houses the parks office, a bit nicer looking than most of the offices I have worked in.


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I love the way they have used some of the grinding stones to create seating around the park, they make interesting features.


At the top of these stairs can be found the main restaurant.

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In the background you can see the cafe which sits over part of the pond, which we will visit shortly.  It provides a good vantage point to watch the various ducks, swans, turtles and terrapins that live in and on it.


As well as live animals you will find several other statues of animals dotted around the park to create added interest.  How many will you spot?  The white gateway is to the rope bridge which crosses the pond, it is very tricky to walk across as it wobbles quite a bit but is good fun.


Here is another one of those grinding stone benches.


There is a lovely display of painted carts here, which make for some good photos.




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Another one of the cafes has some raised platforms with the traditional Turkish cushions and carpets to make your experience of drinking Çay (Turkish tea) more authentic.


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Here you can see the rope bridge which crosses the pond.


From this angle it looks a long way across!



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Another new addition to the park since our last visit is a small, fully working flour mill, powered by this small water wheel.


It was a hot day when we visited and this black swan seemed to be enjoying the spray coming from the water.


Here you can see the flour mill.




Looking through one of the open windows you could hear the mill working and see some of the equipment.

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Here we are in the cafe, that overlooks the pond, that we saw in one of the previous photos.




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