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Already October…It’s been already nearly two weeks since I came back from Istanbul. Today was cloudy, but it’s been beautiful weather in Budapest these days, very nice. But it will be cold soon, winter is coming here just like every year, I know that’s nature, but I almost can get depressed just to think about the word “winter” even…

Anyway, still Istanbul’s story continues. After we enjoyed Karadeniz music, we went out of the bar to have fresh air.

Cafes and bars are lined on the street and they all have tables at outside. We started to talk to one of the bar’s owner who was from Macedonia and then soon we started to drink beers together at his bar.

I just looked up the bar’s door and found posters saying “Balik Festival”. Balik means fish, so, Fish Festival?

Since I’ve lived in the landlocked country Hungary, constantly I’ve been suffering from the shortage of seafood syndrome. In Istanbul I’ve been eating a lot of seafood for rehabilitation.

I could see that the fish festival is happening today and tomorrow on the poster. I couldn’t stop my curiosity with the word “fish” on the poster, I asked the bar owner Attila “What is the fish festival?” Surprisingly he was the organizer of the festival, we talked about the festival, about fish, about seafood, about how much I love fish…the end I was invited to be a judge for the fish restaurant contest. Yes! The fortune comes like this way sometimes.

Next day me and Bob went Samatya where will be the venue for fish festival. Samatya is a little town with a station of the suburban train which runs along the Sea of Marmara.

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Over the street, big Sea of Marmara appears.

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On the small square, there are fish shops, fast “sea” food restaurants which offer fish sandwich and fried fish, and many seafood restaurants. But not so many tourists would know this little town, so it is a hidden pleasure.

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The stage and the table for the judges’ ware set up, on the square.

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Posters for the festival on the wall in town.

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We arrived before the festival started, so went for a walk to the coast where there are some Byzantium bricks. It turns out that this was the main harbor of Byzantium.

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When we went back to the square, the festival was already started with some bicycle show.

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Two women on the stones to see the show.

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After the bicycle show everybody could have free seafood soup, it looked already so good.

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Then here comes the contest! All the judges including me, Bob and our friend Bob Beer who lives in Istanbul were called to have a seat on the judges’ table. I ‘m very excited to see what kind of foods are coming to me.

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