is Europe Day!
So Barney Bear decided
that it would be the perfect
date to tell you all about his
very special trip to Turkey!
Barney decided to visit Turkey, but he did not want
to travel all by himself. He invited his good friends,
Mrs Jones, Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Eyden to go with
Here they are at the airport before flying off to…
… Antalya in Turkey
Barney looked at his map to see where it is…
The very first day of his visit was International
Children’s Day. All the children in Antalya took
part in a special parade through the town.
Barney went to have a look…
There were flags and bands everywhere!
There were huge crowds and lots of
policemen, photographers and soldiers
Have a look for yourselves!
Children danced and sang – it was
wonderful to watch!
There were children from all the local
schools, clubs and organisations. Barney
loved watching them all!
At the end of the parade was a huge
banner. It read, “All the children of the world
are brothers and sisters”.
“What a wonderful message”, thought
Barney and his friends!
All that excitement made Barney very hungry, so
he went off to have something to eat…
So much to choose from!
He had already seen the cook preparing
some delicious food…
In the end, he chose….
Some salad and pizza …
…and a drink called Ayran, made of yoghourt and water
He just had room left for some lovely
cakes and a cup of tea!
The tea tasted lovely, but it looked different from
usual. “How do you make it?” asked Barney.
First, boil water in a special container
Put the tea in the pot
Pour the water on top of the tea leaves
Wait a few minutes and then the tea is ready to
It was time for a bit of exercise. Barney and
his friends had a look at Antalya.
First, they visited the old mosque
He had to learn how to ‘haggle’. That means
trying to persuade the shopkeeper to sell
something to you at a lower price
Lots of people haggle
over the price of Turkish
rugs and carpets. They
are famous all over the
world, but they are very
It was very hot, so Barney and his friends
went for a short trip on a boat…
Antalya is a very ancient city. They saw the watchtower
and the old city walls while they were sailing along.
“If I get hungry, I can always pick an orange”,
thought Barney. There were orange, lemon and
pomegranate trees growing everywhere!
He was still so very hot… “A waterfall would cool
me down”, he thought, so he and his friends went
to the famous waterfalls at Düden.
Barney and his friends couldn’t believe how clear
and blue the water was!
Barney was amazed to see some camels in the
nearby park! They offered to take him for a ride,
but he thought they deserved a rest!
Next, they all visited Aspendos. This used to be a huge city
even before Roman times. However, a major earthquake
destroyed almost everything and all that is left of it now is
this amazing amphitheatre.
Their day ended with a visit to the Garden of Tolerance,
where a mosque, a church and a synagogue are next door
to each other in a beautiful garden.
“Mrs Daniels would love this!” he whispered
to his friends as they looked around.
Next day, it was time for Barney and his friends to
do some work! They went to visit our twin school
in Antalya. Here’s what it looks like.
Who is the
man in the
“Excuse me, but who is that man in the picture up
there?” Barney asked. “It’s a very famous man
called Atatürk”, answered one of the children.
“You will see pictures of him everywhere in Turkey
and all over our school.”
Atatürk was the first
President of the
modern Republic of
people honour and
respect his memory
and consider him to
have been a great
It was quite true. There were pictures of Atatürk in
every room in the school.
On the day Barney and his friends arrived, the
pupils and staff gave them a wonderful welcome!
Barney and his friends were given cologne to
clean their hands. Then they were offered a
delicious piece of ‘lokum’ (Turkish Delight).
When they went inside school, Barney spotted a
Peace Pole just like the one in our courtyard! The
children had decorated pebbles to put around it.
“Please may we have a look around?” asked
They saw lots of classrooms…