Traditional Turkish night

Trip Start Jun 04, 2006
Trip End Nov 04, 2007

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Tonight we went to a traditional Turkish night with traditional music and food and ofcourse belly-dancer!

The night was fantastic. We arrived there, welcomed by the warm and friendly turkish man at the door, whom seemed very happy to see us! I wonder why! :) We were taken to this amazing resturaunt called Uranos. There was a music band in the middle of the big room playing traditional music. The room was in a shape of a pentagon and all around the music band, there were seats for the guests to sit and have dinner. The seats were positioned in a way, that they inclined as you went up, like sitting at a lecture theatre. They served us food and drinks all night. Needless to say that Steve took the opportunity of taking advantage of free drinks. Good on him I thought! I only stuck to Vodka and Cherry drink, which I thought was a fantastic combination! And they were very generous with their vodka! :)

The show for the night was that of a wedding ceremony in Turkey. The dancers, including the bride and groom came on the dance floor and performed the traditional way, which a girl gets married in Turkey. The bride dressed in a beautiful red dress was dancing in the middle and the men would come up and put on a show for her. She would then chose, whom she liked most. At one point, the guy showed her how strong he was, by showng off his muscles, and she pushed him away, which ofcourse encouraged all the women in the room to give her a big clap! :)

Eventually after pushing away a few more men, she chose her groom and they went off to get ready for the wedding dance. The dance was superb. I have attached some photos, they are unfrotunately not very good and not descriptive, but I hope you get an idea! One of the rituals of the wedding ceremony is for the groom to have a shave. The woman then has the henna night, where the girls in the family and her friends put henna on her hands.

The entertainment of the night went from good to better, as the belly-dancer came on. At-least it is safe to say, that at that point I lost Steve! I took a video of the dancer and Steve. I only wish you could see it! He wasn`t blinking. I had to make sure he was still breathing! Mind you, when I looked at Paul and the rest of the guys, I realised, we have lost all of the boys! And truthfully, she was the best belly dancer I have ever seen. She came to our table and took Paul with her to the dance floor. I made sure I took a video of that too! It was fantastic, and ofcourse Paul was red from embarressment. Belly dancer went around all the tables and took one man from each table. I think the men had a great time and the wives, well it was made sure there were no sharp objects around!

We all danced at the end of the night, Turkish and English. It was a great night, but extrememly tired. I slept well that night! :)
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