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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Tarkan's Turkish Trek

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

The Ihlas News Agency broke the news yesterday that Tarkan has returned from America - after having spent Valentine's Day with his girlfriend in New York as part of a week long break there - and is now on a nature trek in Turkey's Balıkesir province.

Journeying alone with his girlfriend and their pet dog Fındık, Tarkan was caught dining at the Gizli Vadi fish restaurant off the Balıkesir-Edremit highway.

The owner of the restaurant, Ali Tekin, is good friends with Tarkan, and captured the pop icon and his long-term companion on camera during their brief visit. Describing himself as a long-term reader of Tarkan Deluxe, he has emailed in the photographs to share with the blog's other readers.

Tarkan, Bilge and their pet dogTarkan outside the fish restaurant

"He's been my friend for some time now, is really down to earth, and I was honoured to entertain him and his kind lady at my place," Tekin said of the pop star.

Tarkan is said to have wanted a secret break to relax before the busy schedule ahead, with appearances at CeBIT, MTV's Turkish studios and filming for a new video coming up.

The artist's "secret" nature trek - also seen as first hand research for certain environment projects currently under way - will extend to both the Aegean and Marmara coasts of Turkey.

Tarkan had last been in the region in 2006 for a concert in Balıkesir as part of his 2006 Avea Tour.

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