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Even in a place where women go to the beach in high heels, sporting diamond-encrusted sunglasses, tongue-in-cheek reminders of social divisions remain; the tiny wooden bridge between the two halves of the main beach is jokingly said to divide the 'European side' from the 'Asian side' – a reference to İstanbul, and an insinuation of the wealth gap between the ultraposh homes and hotels on the western shores, and the ever-so-slightly less-expensive ones to the east. These days, in the words of one local hotelier, with the chichi resort town's increasing beautification, it's more a case of 'Europe' and 'Eastern Europe'.

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