Monterey >> A group of visitors from Kusadasi, Turkey, Monterey’s sister city, received a tour of the city Thursday and will be attending this weekend’s Turkish Arts and Culture Festival.
Besides learning about the city and taking part in the festival’s music, dancing and activities, the purpose of the visit was to develop relationships between the two cities.
“This isn’t just a vacation – it should have some goal,” said Kusadasi Mayor Özer Kayali, who arrived on the Peninsula on Wednesday and will be leaving Sunday. “We especially want to learn about the culture for the young people and create projects that improve the relationships both economically and otherwise.”
Kayali was among the group of visiting Turkish dignitaries that included Kusadasi’s Vice Mayor Dr. Ayse Serifoglu as well as Kusadasi Council member Cem Arslan and his wife, Seval and their son Tuna. Also in attendance was Mayor Kayali’s wife Nil and their son Doruk.
Monterey’s Administrative Analyst/Communications Officer Laurie Huelga and Park Operations Manager Louis Marcuzzo accompanied the group that toured area and city attractions after being welcomed by Mayor Clyde Roberson and City Manager Mike McCarthy.
Locations they visited Thursday included San Carlos Beach, Cannery Row, Sollecito Park, the Monterey Sports Center, Colton Hall and the Monterey Police and Fire Departments. Councilman Ed Smith accompanied them.
“It was my dream just to come and visit,” said Arslan, about his first time visiting the United States.
After the lengthy tour, Seval Arslan said her favorite Monterey places and features included its trees, parks…
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