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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Belek June 30th 2014

Oh, what a trip this was. Although only young I have brief memories of this trip, the hotel and surroundings and many family members to ask about it!!! Hotel Kaya Belek is an all-inclusive hotel located in Belek situated by the Mediterranean. Perfect for all sorts of demographics Hotel Kaya benefited our huge group of family and family friends very well with its spacious and luxurious buildings, good food range and fantastic pool and waterslide area. One of my fondest memories is scaling the stairs of the 'rainbow slide' over and over until us kids were called back to the hotel room to get ready for dinner. Out of the three slides available at the time this one caught our interest most due to its high enjoy-ability factor and the opportunity to race one another down ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean June 30th 2014

From the moment you step off the plane in Istanbul, you notice immediately that this vibrant city is all about business and making money. Thanks to the over 30 million of us who now visit Turkey in a year, especially this burgeoning metropolis of Istanbul, coping with such crowds, in my opinion, is a huge challenge that has the potential to derail some of the pleasure, especially when visiting the major sites of interest. That having being said, it was certainly very much worth the time we spent there, lodged as we were, in the heart of the city and walking distance to everything that we wanted to see and do. Our hotel, and full credit to Jeanette who changed to it from the one that I initially found, was excellent. The owners were excellent hosts. ... read more
Grand Bazaar Main Street.
The main thoroughfares had no shortage of vendors.
From the sea to the pot to the mouth - all fresh fish.

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean June 25th 2014

23/06/14 Kusadasi:Kusadasi traditionally was a minor port frequented by vessels trading along the Aegean coast. The port is situated inside a small bay with the peninsula of Guvercin Ada sticking out into the ocean at one end and the mountain of Kaz Doay at the other end. It is 95 Km south of Yzmir, the regions largest metropolitan centre. This port was always overshadowed by Ephesus which during Roman times was the second largest city in the Roman Empire after Rome and therefore the world. Today it is a tourist destination with many cruise ships coming each year for people wishing to visit Ephesus. Ephesus which was once a sea port is now situated 6 miles away from the sea. We are only in port for a short time today arriving at 7:00 a.m. and leaving ... read more
Cruise ships Kusadasi
The two of us

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Dalaman May 7th 2014

Note: if you double click on any of the pictures you will be transferred to the picture gallery where they will be enlarged to half page size. Unlike my previous blogs where I’ve kept a detailed daily record this one is more of a summary: hopefully less text and more photos (muffled cheering from the back of the class). However, owing to some inclement seasonal weather here in Dalyan i.e. UK type weather, there’s not even much in the way of photos. The story to date is therefore as follows: May 1st: Monarch Airlines ZB908 Birmingham to Dalaman a fast (four and a bit hours) and comfortable flight to be met by my brother Pete and his wife Margaret, plus the rep from the car hire company. A swift transit to the Villa Limon in Dalyan, ... read more
We came for this
Dalyan from Kaunos Citadel
Dalyan Panorama

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya May 7th 2014

Woolly says – with the sun beating down, cake consumed for breakfast – well you have to have a healthy diet – I hustled Jo and her multitude of phones, camera’s and bags out of the door. First stop the bakery over the road for a little snack, the pastries are just so delicious with so many different fillings, being unable to decide I selected several and tucked into my first one as we walked down the road to grab a taxi, well I do have to keep my strength up! I don’t know where he puts it all! The pastries were supposed to be for our picnic lunch but I would be lucky to get a crumb at the rate the Mammoth was consuming. Woolly says – Checking myself over for crumbs I spotted our ... read more
Byzantine Church
Scaling the Heights
It's a Long Way Down


Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Olympos April 22nd 2014

20 April We arrived at Bayram's Tree houses late yesterday afternoon and split ourselves into two groups to share rooms. Talbot had said we were staying in treehouses and I was SO excited until Nic showed me her Lonely Planet that said they might not actually be in trees. Which turned out to be correct. If they're tree houses because they're built from wood, then I stayed in a treehouse. But I tend to think it means they're houses up in trees... The price includes breakfast and dinner so it was nice to spend the hours lounging about whilst waiting for the 8pm dinner call. I found the staff who made me a gluten-free meal with grilled chicken, salad, cheese and yoghurt which was excellent, as was everyone's. At 9pm we piled into a minibus and ... read more
Chimeara flames
The staircase down from our 'treehouse'
Delicious strawberries and mulberries

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya April 13th 2014

Water is always a fierce issue in the American west. Through the doings and undoings of the last century, we have managed to steer our course to a place where few of us are immune to the concerns of drought, water rights, gerrymandering of vast drainages, and their consequences on our often overabundant lives. This becomes especially evident when one or more of the core elements in this increasingly strained system fails to fall into climatological norms. Nowhere is this more evident than in California, where the largest agricultural nexus in the US and several of our largest and most sprawling cities must compete for water that comes from as far away as Colorado to keep the machine wet. When winter does not produce snow for the great ranges of the west, nearly everyone in California ... read more
Half Moon Cirque looking like any other epic year
Scratchy approaches
The planning phase consumes our little house

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya February 18th 2014

Woolly says – Time seems to pass so quickly with a paintbrush in your trunk. Having completed my room, the hall and the living room (with very little help from that idle pair I might add!), we were at last ready for the arrival of our furniture. I was so excited at the thought of finally having my whole wardrobe out of storage and seeing what snacks had been packed in the UK. The moving day arrived and Ian left Jo and I packing up our temporary home while he headed for the mountains and our storage facility, ‘should be back in an hour or so with the first load’ were his immortal last words! Jo, under my supervision of course, packed the rest of our temporary home up and we walked up the road to ... read more
Moving Turkish Style
Woolly finds his spot on the balcony
Lots of fruit in the gardens

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya January 19th 2014

Woolly says – it seems like years since we last put pen to paper or, if you like, paw to keyboard. I do miss writing the blog and thought it was time to give a bit of a catch up on life in sunny Turkey. Our first few weeks of the year passed quietly and easily where the biggest decisions to make was which part of the balcony to sit on to doze in the sun or which flavour ice cream to have on a walk round the harbour. Our evenings spent watching the beautiful sunsets followed by episodes of Dr Who – I do like Mr Tennant – life was going swimmingly until the keys arrived! With our patience dwindling and our proper apartment standing empty our frustration grew ever higher as the keys to ... read more
Measuring up
This is slave labour!

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya January 1st 2014

With the year coming to an end, over 20,000 miles travelled, 21 countries and principalities visited, 132 Blogs published and over 3000 pictures taken we asked the International Mammoth of mystery for some of his views on his adventures in 2013 ….. What has been the most inspiring place you have visited this year? Well, that’s an easy question to start, let’s hope the other questions are better! It would have to be Mount Nemrut 809520, the location was incredible and to see what they had built on the top was amazing and truly inspiring to a Mammoth of my size. In my (not so) humble opinion, truly the eighth wonder of the world. You have quite a few outfits, which has been your favourite one for the year? A few outfits….are you kidding? My wardrobe ... read more
Go Woolly Go
View of the second tower - San Marino
Checking out the White Tower

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