Health Insurance - a basic level of general medical treatment

Health Insurance

Legal health insurance in Turkey, as in other countries in Europe, entitles you to a basic level of general medical treatment. Like everywhere else, people will need to pay much more for their health treatment in the future. The same will apply in Turkey as costs increase.

Rose of Jericho - the resurrection plant

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Rose of Jericho - the resurrection plant

A dry-looking, herbaceous tuft in the slightly dark storage room had caught our attention and so the question arose as to whether this tuft should be disposed of with the biological waste.

Arabica coffee - Economically of great relevance

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Arabica coffee - Economically of great relevance

Arabica coffee, also known as mountain coffee, is the economically most important type of coffee. Coffea arabica is said to originally come from southwestern Ethiopia.

Tasty Mulberries or Karadut from Alanya

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Tasty Mulberries or Karadut from Alanya

Like often before we were going shopping at the weekly market in Cikcili / Alanya to buy couple of  fruit and vegetables for the coming days.

Cotton field at Manavgat at full flower

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Cotton field at Manavgat at full flower

Every year there are several thousand tourists who combine their vacation in Turkey with the purchase of still cheaper textiles.

The prickly pear - once a Native American crop

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The prickly pear - once a Native American crop

We were on our weekly shopping tour of the Antalya bazaar when we came across the fruit and vegetable vendor's stall offering the fruits of the prickly pear (group of Opuntia) for tasting and sale.

Traditional and bizarre - the Lebanon Cedar

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Traditional and bizarre - the Lebanon Cedar

Only a few sites of this bizarre species of tree you will find anymore that once was responsible for the success of maritime trade but also contributed so greatly to the navies of the ancient Great Powers - the cedar of Lebanon.

Flowering period of the peony poppy - pink in the garden

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Flowering period of the peony poppy - pink in the garden

Those who drive across the country these days will not infrequently marvel at the gleaming red splendor of the poppies on the edges of the grain fields, which have meanwhile found their way into many gardens.

Fox Glove on the Eselspfad hiking trail near Billroda

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Red thimble on the Eselspfad hiking trail near Billroda

Just slightly cloudy skies and not too powerfully warm sunshine had once again tempted us to hike to the forest swimming pool near Rastenberg, which we wanted to reach via the now well-signposted donkey path above Billroda.

Rhubarb - origin and history of cultivation

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Rhubarb - origin and history of cultivation

The tour around the weekly market, which is still limited, shows, despite Corona, that there are also some imports possible every year despite many bottlenecks, including rhubarb, whose time is just beginning for us.

The Robinia or Black locust appears - slowly but ......

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The Robinia or Black locust is coming - slowly but continuously

I can well remember when, as part of a carpentry project, I suggested making a model window out of robinia. In its time there was a great contradiction and objections came from all sides: absolutely twisty, hard and hardly machinable, high wear of the tools, etc.

Turkey is the largest hazelnut exporter in the world

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Turkey is the largest hazelnut exporter in the world

Among all the hazelnut exporting countries in the world, Turkey took first place in the world with sales of 1.29 billion US dollars, the country supplied about 90 other countries with hazelnut products.

Apiaries and beehives - relics from the past?

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Apiaries and beehives - relics from the past?

Insect and bee deaths due to environmental reasons, missing flowers as a source of food and urban sprawl, all issues that are far too little known to us to be able to guess the scope and the consequences of this.

Trip-advice - European Rosarium in Sangershausen

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Trip-advice - Visit the European Rosarium in Sangershausen

Slowly our meeting of authors in Halle approaches to the end. We took advantage of the rainy, but already autumnal morning for last talks.

Poppy - almost extinguished now back on the field edges!

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Poppy - almost extinguished and yet back on the field edges!

The poppy has always been a distinctive cultural companion in our arable and cultural landscape due to its blood-red flowers, a splash of color in the otherwise predominantly monotonous gray monocultures.

Kloster Andechs – herbs and sculptures welcome guests

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Kloster Andechs – herbal garden and sculptures welcome guests

After checking in at the camper pitch and aligning the caravan directly opposite the Monastery Andechs (by the way one of the "hopefully soon not more" few pitches, which also allows caravan as a user, because caravans are now self-sufficient in the water and sanitation, too), we go on a first reconnaissance.

Lily of the valley - something so beautiful be poisonous?

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Lily of the valley - can something so beautiful be poisonous?

The wonderful May air with blue sky, light wind and the smell of blooming greens invited us to take long walks. Especially if someone loves nature, the different scents in the air are worth every walk.

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