Photos from the H3A International Dinner of May 24, 2017

Our Cultural Riches
As part of the project to celebrate H3A’s cultural diversity, an international dinner was held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at Zerde restaurant located on the road between Turgutreis and Gümüşlük.  The event was attended by 100 members who brought along dishes representing  popular foods of their countries and regions.  Music and dancing added to the international atmosphere.
Photos by Sama SAGAT. Text by Samer ATASI.

LIST of H3A EVENTS for JUNE 2017



  • NOTE: A few H3A activities continue through the summer; most resume in September or October.
  • NOTE: No H3A calendar will be sent out in July and August. The next published calendar will be for September 2017.
  • 05 September Tuesday 10:00. H3A Main Board Meeting. Adil Korkmaz’s office, Bodrum. Contact
  • late September/early October, H3A Art Group’s Street Exhibition: In the Steps of Herodotus.
  • 9 October Tuesday– 12 October Trip to Kos and Nisyros. Contact Linda


Impressions and photos by Kim Gould from the H3A trip to Bolu in May 2017
We expected torrential downpours and cool weather but our raincoats and umbrellas remained untouched as the rain thoughtfully fell when we were in a restaurant or on the bus.  During the three days we saw some of the breathtakingly beautiful lakes in the Black Sea Region around Bolu; every one of them alive with a chorus of mating frogs and toads.  Everything here is on a grand scale – towering dark green pine trees interspersed with bright green birch and beech, massive rhubarb-like marsh plants and the giant edible Turkish snail.

Abant and Gölcük are lovely serene lakes with paths and walkways, bicycle, pony and phaeton rides.  Most of us chose to circumnavigate at least one of them on foot.  The highlight though was Yedigöller, a much wilder place altogether with dense forests, snow melt waterfalls and seven lakes. Here all manner of birds, animals, trees and plants live.  Our Milli Park guide routinely sees bears in the winter.  The drive there took us through communities of tin and rustic wooden houses. These yaylas were largely uninhabited, their occupants yet to return to the high pastures with their livestock now that the snow has melted.

After a beautiful walk from lake to lake on varying levels and under a canopy of green with damp fallen leaves underfoot we ended our tour with a barbecue picnic at the edge of the forest where the resident mangalci grilled our sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage) and poured us tea brewed on a wood burning stove.

Thanks go to Selçuk and Camille, Gülsen of Novitas Tourism and our driver Abdullah for his skilful negotiation of countless hairpin bends and a particularly perilous section of unmade road.
Photos and text by Kim Gould.



Please contact the event organizer for information or if you need a lift.


Directions to H3A in Gürece

Coming from Bodrum, several hundred metres after passing the leaving Yahşi sign, there is a light and left turn towards Bağla and Akyarlar. Take this left turn. If travelling from Bodrum by dolmuş, take a dolmuş going to Turgutreis, Bağla, Gümüşlük, or Dereköy etc. Coming from Turgutreis, take the right turn at the light at the Bağla and Akyarlar sign.

A few metres after leaving the main road, you will see the tea house on the right.  Turn left here and the building is on the right, next to a hardware store and opposite a ferforje. It is a small white single storey house with yellow window frames. There is an H3A sign on the door, and above the door it says Gürece Yerel Derneği Odası.

Photos from Our Herb & Borek Festival (April 9, 2017)