‘Why stand up when you can sit down and why sit down when you can lie down?’ is one of my dad’s favourite sayings – not that I’ve ever seen him put it into practice. But it’s a concept that the Turks understand completely.
Much of the outdoor lounging in Turkey is done in ‘kosks’ – wooden platforms covered with rugs and cushions. They range from the pretty fancy to the very basic – some are little more than a palette with an old mattress on top. People share meals on them (on low tables) or simply lie back and daydream. Shoes aren’t allowed.
I’ve been roadtesting quite a few kosks recently and can confirm that it’s impossible not to relax on one. In fact I don’t want to sit on a deckchair ever again.