Fethiye Times' weekly round up of the local Fethiye news.

Crowds Flock to Spring Fair

The 3C's spring fair took place in Calis on a lovely sunny Sunday.

Around 130 stalls selling crafts, arts and food lined the street.

Crowds flocked to the event which in aid of the the local Children's charity.

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Youth and Sports Day Celebrated

Turkey celebrated the annual Ataturk youth and sports day last week with events all over the country.

In Oludeniz paragliders took to the skies and performed stunts to celebrate the event.

Tablets Distributed to Further Education

Fethiye high school students received free tablets last week as part of a countrywide initiative to keep Turkey's education at the forefront of technology.

The initiative is being spearheaded by Turkey's president and has distributed 700,000 tablets to school kids over the 81 provinces of Turkey.

Ogle Box

The warm weather gave the local press the opportunity for a bit of beach ogling last week.

Under the headline of 'Sun and Sea Paradise' they shared a story about Oludeniz beach complete with video of bronzed bikini clad females, pink tourists and kids playing in the waves.

A bit of tourism promotion for the local resorts for free.

Saga in the Skies

By the end of the week it was the turn of paragliding to once again feature in the headlines.

This time it was because a German solo Paraglider had a nasty fall.

According to local reports Günther Kupka, a 59 year old bus driver from Munich, took off from the 1800 meter launch site on the top of Babadag.

However, once in the air the strong winds caught his chute and he fell and was left dangling from a tree.

The resident medical team were soon on the scene and rescued the man after a 1 hour operation in some difficult terrain.

A military helicopter then airlifted the man to the Fethiye state hospital where he was treated for various injuries.

The man was later photographed by the press up and well but looking a bit like an Egyptian Mummy with bandages on his head and a neck support.

Lykia Challenge

Ufuk Kocak featured on Fethiye Times a few weeks ago when he was about to embark on the 509km Lycian Way, a rugged coastal path linking Fethiye to Antalya across some daunting terrain.

Testing out the Lycian Way above Ölüdeniz
Testing out the Lycian Way above Ölüdeniz

At the age of 22 he had to have both his legs amputated above the knee following injuries he received in the 1999 Istanbul earthquake when the building he lived in collapsed trapping him in it.

The challenge is not just walking the gruelling long distance path though.

He is also completing various other physical tests along the way including rock climbing, ATV riding and scuba diving too.

Ufuk, who is doing the challenge to raise awareness of disabilities in Turkey, arrived at Olympus, Kaş last week.

You can read more about Ufuk in our Fethiye Times article Ufuk Kocak: on a mission possible.

Turkish Lira

It was another bumpy week for the Turkish Lira on the worlds currency markets.

The currency started the week at 4.06 TL to the British Pound, fell to 3.99 TL on Thursday before bouncing back up to 4.03 TL by the close of trading on Friday.

Turkish Lira to British Pound Week Ended 24 May 2015
Turkish Lira to British Pound Week Ended 24 May 2015

 

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