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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Gocek August 17th 2013

Hi, Today we sailed up to the Gocek area and have anchored in a bay with a restaurant. There is no wind and the swimming is beautiful. Viv has now left the boat and so for the next couple of weeks it is just the 5 guys. The boat will become messy and we will have a lot of laughs and we intend to explore places when we have time. So the last couple of days. Very very lazy day when we were waiting for Robert Bruce and Sam to arrive. The next day we set out to get a bus to a gorge in a place called Saklikent. This gorge, we were told by lots of people was very spectacular so off we went. Having decided to do it on the cheap by using a ... read more
Vege Market.
Starting out.

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Edirne August 17th 2013

All-right, after a short yet good nights sleep in Canakkale I made my way down to the harbor. Meltan and Halil both came along with me, they gave me the advice to go to Edirne from Eceabat instead of from Canakkale to save both time and money. We walked down and checked out the trojan horse, on the way we passed the Freedom Park where I got a nice view of the surroundings. It is very beautiful there. Down in the harbor we stopped for some breakfast before me and Halil went into Canakkale fortress. Meltem stayed outside since she's been there many times before. Entrance is 5TLY and that also gives you access to the replica of the minesweeper Nusrat. The fortress was nice and the staff gave a quite moving performance depicting the reality ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Canakkale August 16th 2013

So, after a couple of hectic days in Istanbul it was time to move on to Canakkale. I said goodbye to Abdullah at the metro station, him heading for work and me for the bus station. My stay with him has been a pleasure, a privilege even. I've eaten so much good food and when I hurt my leg he fixed muscle relaxing for me and when I got a sunburn he got a sunblock for me. Still, the time was here to move on, I got to the bus station at 08.30 and got a ticket for a bus leaving at 09.30, arriving in Canakkale at 16.00. Having the ticket secured I managed to get online with wifi at the station to let my host in Canakkale know my arrival time. Then I found out ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Dalaman August 15th 2013

Hi to you all. What is up here? Plenty! Steph and Robin have left the boat to go back to London. We are now in a place called Fethiye which is quite a town. Lots happening and close to some very old history we will be visiting We are in a marina that is part of The Hotel Yacht Classic. And very nice it is to. Two swimming pools, bars, Restaurant all along the water front and beautiful clean showers etc. We pay only 40 lr {about $30nz per night}as we are in the marina. Might stay for a month!! We are now in receipt of 2 farmers and 1 paramedic from NZ. It is a pleasure to welcome Robert and Bruce from last year back, and their friend{ can't believe they have any} Sam, who ... read more
A huge fish market.
Carpet shop.
The Market

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya August 15th 2013

We left the Wonder of the World behind us with regret but had decided to travel further on for our night’s stay. Off through the mountains we roared with Ollie lapping up the miles and Woolly lapping up any liquid that came his way. With temperatures so high we are consuming vast amounts of water and juice every day, so many vitamins should be good for us! Woolly says – It was a lovely drive and with less cars and trucks on the road now there was no stopping Ollie. We were Supertramping through the miles and although we had certainly taken the Long Road Home it is definately worth it. Taking the turning to Pamukkale gave us an instant change of scenery as the landscape became more of a swirl of hills, looking like the ... read more
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay


Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Ephesus August 14th 2013

We started with a self-service breakfast with Woolly loading his plate with boiled eggs and stuffed olives, we did warn him…. Woolly says – the eggs didn’t half make me feel bloated and those olives were a bit hot, I could feel the steam coming out of my ears! Jo made me eat everyone as I had taken them, it took me a while to recover. While the Mammoth was blowing chilli fumes in all directions we loaded Ollie and set off for the day. The road took us through the city of Izmir, this was the original destination of our container but being eight hours from home way too much to travel to and from. It was awful, traffic was everywhere, overtaking, undertaking and just driving randomly where they wanted to. Woolly says – I ... read more
Hadrian's temple
Looking up
Friends, Romans and Mammoths

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Bodrum August 13th 2013

Ice Cream--such a delicious treat. I spend much of my time here wondering when I get to indulge in my next cone of Turkish ice cream. There are two "types" of Ice Cream, both equally delicious, but very different. The first--a gelato style confectionery, utilizing the flavors of the region: melon, lemon, black mulberry, pistachio, fig, mastic, kaymak (sweet cream)--light and refreshing and the perfect substitute for the coffee cup absent in my hand. Dondurma is another beast altogether. Made from milk, sugar, salep (a very starchy flour), and mastic (tree resin), Dondurma is like frozen taffy: chewy and cold. In preparation, it's pulled like taffy, and when served..well, check out the video: When Yigit was a child, he became so angry about the ice cream cone, he crushed i... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Ankara August 13th 2013

Alright, so right now I'm sitting on a bus bound for Istanbul, my second day in Ankara has come to an end and it has been a good one, although I must confess that my legs are hurting a bit from all the walking. Well, I got a great nights sleep, Tuncs bed was very comfortable. I started off easy, I charged all my batteries and talked with my girlfriend for a while. I headed out and started with the Kocatepe Mosque, located just around the corner. It was absolutely stunning and I definitely recommend visiting it! From the mosque I actually took a bus back to Ulus and made my way over to the Roman Baths, it's quite well preserved and a nice open air museum. Entrance was only 3 TRY and was well worth ... read more
The Roman Baths of Ankara
The Roman Theatre of Ankara
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Izmir » Torbali August 13th 2013

Woolly says – We started with breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sea, so peaceful and beautiful. I enjoyed my boiled egg and cheese pastry though I’m not sure about cucumber, tomato and olives for breakfast. It was just what we needed after a long and sweaty night with no air con. Ollie was ready to go and we set off with the sun shining, following the road alongside the med. With rolling hills turning to small mountains every corner gave a different view, it was lovely. As we were half a day in front of ourselves we didn’t feel in a rush and as we cruised down the tarmac we looked forward to the day to come. First stop was Gallipoli, well it should have been! Woolly says – we had been driving for an ... read more
The Wooden Horse
The Amphithreatre
Crossing the Marmite

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Koycegiz August 12th 2013

The campsite got interesting, Nick and Nicky our camp hosts had let us know that a large group would be arriving……. Woolly says – I thought it might be thirty or so people but NO it actually meant 180 Ukrainians who started arriving at 3pm and continued arriving until the early hours. We woke up to a forest of tents, they were everywhere. Jo tried to get into one of the three shower cubicles but it wasn’t going to happen. We packed up as planned and headed for some breakfast. We gave that idea up, it was pandemonium. Grabbing a couple of bottles of juice we hit the road. We would have waited an hour or so to be fed and we went with the view of ‘get something on the way’ and programmed James for ... read more
Hello Turkey
A sea View
Lorries for Miles

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