Blogs from Turkey, Middle East - page 25


Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya » Serik March 1st 2013

Having spent an interesting night in the Dianara Hotel, Kemer – the town closed down completely at 6pm and the bar in the hotel at 7pm!!!!! We were presented with a good Turkish breakfast which included a pastry filled with chilli scrambled eggs, different but not bad at all. Packing everything into the car we drove the 15km to Phaselis. Turning off the D400 we entered a wonderful pine forest. Paying 8TL each (approximately £3.20 GBP) we continued into the forest until being greeted by a sandy bay. Woolly says – it was lush, really beautiful. Through the trees I could see pieces of the ruined city with dappled light surrounding them and complete quiet – well except for me! Ian and Jo bought me a leaflet which told me that Phaselis was built around the ... read more
Snow and Sunshine
North Harbour of Phaselis
Beautiful Bay

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul February 28th 2013

Rano ma zobudilo strasne hlasne hlasnie z reprakov,zrejme nieco o lete ale pochvili som opat zalomil. Definitivne prebratie bolo o 6/00. Zachod,zamenenie penez a smer mhd c. E10. Bus smeruje do pristavu kadikoy a stoji 7l (l = turecka lira). Po vyjdeni z letiskovej haly treba ist stale rovno,zastavka je v pohode vidiet. Listok sa kupuje v zvlast okienku a nie v buse. tak som aj spravil,lenze z okienka ma posielali do busu,ze tam si ho mam kupit,sofer ma zas poslal nazad k okienku,kde mi nakonec listok predali. Turci zatial moc po anglicky nevedia co si vsimam. Vonku nenormalna zima a mini dazd. Cesta do pristavu trvala hodinu a dvadsat minut, stali sme na neuveritelnych 63 zastavkach. No dobre na vsetkych nie,cez niektore sa len prefrcalo ale dokopy ich bolo 63. Nazvy zastavok ukazoval monitor v ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet February 27th 2013

It has been longtime since I decided to go to Istanbul. I used to check everyday flights, hotels information and tourism blogs. But, finally I bought my ticket for December 2012. I did this travel by my own.. "Are you crazy?; how could you dare to travel by yourself, a woman, in an islamic country?". But, trust me, it has been amazing!! First of all, the city is just gorgeous; I have too many words to describe Istanbul: all is full of colors, magical, exotic, enigmatic.. I was so excited since I landed at the Atatürk airport; but I had some trouble with turkish language. I took the subway until Meter station and then metrobus until Acibadem station. That was so hard 'cause my pronunciation in turkish was awful, and nobody could speak english (I have ... read more
Blue Mosque
Aya Sofia

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Beyoglu February 27th 2013

My second day in Istanbul. I was staying on the Asian side, so I had to take a minibus to Usküdar, then take the ferry to go across the Bosphorus until Eminönöu (European side). The ferry takes around 15 minutes, enough to take a deep breath, watch the landscape and believe it! You are in the city that belongs to 2 continents. It is better to take a ferry than going in car trough the Bosphorus bridge, it could take until 2 hours because of traffic. I loved Eminönü, from the ferry you can see the New Mosque and lost of people around (population in Istanbul is around 13 million people). I was satrving so I bought a piece of bread sold in small cars (only 1 TL) and then took my way to Galata Bridge ... read more
Galata Tower
Istiklal Caddesi

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Ortaköy February 27th 2013

The weather in my last day was not that perfect; I really wanted to take that Bosphorus Cruise but it was raining so I changed my plans. I went to Ortakoy Square but the mosque (it seems so pretty in pics) was in process of restoration, it is close to Bosphorus Bridge, so huge! Then i went to Dolmabahce Palace where I had to wait around 1 hour to get in, but It worths it. Another tip: If you don't have enoght time, it is better to take a tourist bus offering a quick visit to the main monuments, squares and mosques; Istanbul is a big city so it is necessary to walk a lot and sometimes there is no enough time. My last visit: Gran Bazar, but only the main stores, there is a lot ... read more
Dolmabahce Palace
Bosphorus Cruise
Ortaköy Square


Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul February 27th 2013

Splnilo sa to co som ocakaval. V noci som nemohol zaspat. Do postele som zaloahol uz o 21/00 no nakoniec som zalomil asi az nieco po polnoci. Prekvapivo mi nebola zima,preto ostal sal aj mikina v pohotovosti odlozene len na batohu. Na ranajky som vybehol opat k metru k pojazdnemu stanku,ten tam este nebol, tak som sadol do restiky. Po 10.min cakania ked nikto o mna nejavil zaujem som sa pobral bez ranajok nazad na izbu. N izbe som nechal riadny bordel,sak india. Po opusteny izby ma na recepcii zastavil recepcny,skontroloval ci mam vsetko vyplatene, podpisal som mu recepcnu kniku a potom smer metro a letisko. Cestou kupene 4 banany,som zvedavy ci s nimi prejdem,voda mi ostala uz len 0,5l. Na ulici sa na mna hned vrhli nadhanaci do ubytiek,su ako osi,vidia cloveka s batohom a ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya » Serik February 27th 2013

Taking the D400 in an easterly direction we opened the car windows and sped towards Perge. Passing hundreds of road side sellers with succulent strawberries and huge bags of oranges there was plenty to see. From the hotel complexes to the small one room dwellings and the lone cows on any piece of grass. The traffic lights fascinated Woolly. Woolly says – They count down!!!! When red they count down to when they turn to green and vice versa, will have to recommend them to Mr Cameron, it would save a lot of road rage!!!! Taking the turning to Perge we rounded a bend to the most splendid sight of an amphitheatre, pulling into the car park we could see remains in all directions. Paying our 15TL each (approximately £6.20 GBP), expensive for Turkey, we entered ... read more
Main Street Roman style
Possilbe house
Newly excavated

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Side February 25th 2013

Heading eastwards along the D400 we decided to spend the day looking at Aspendos and Side, two of biggest tourist attractions in the Antalya region. Woolly says – A chance to take to the stage??? Turning right off the main road, we followed the sign posts to Aspendos, pulling into the car park. Woolly didn’t look all together impressed. Woolly says – It appeared to be a large wall with nothing else of course I was disappointed, not a stage in sight. Paying 10TL each (approximately £4.10 GBP) we went through a dark covered archway and there in front of us……. Woolly says – a HUGE stage area, I got very excited and started to warm up my vocal chords. To the rear of the stage the walls rose behind with alcoves where sculptures would have ... read more
Makes a good stage drop!
Imagining the sculptures of yesteryear
Ceiling backstage at Aspendos

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya February 24th 2013

Sitting proudly on the peninsula of Alanya sits the castle. With the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky we set of to explore. Although possible to walk up to (quite a big walk!) Woolly refused to walk up and down so we picked up a taxi which took only a few minutes to arrive at the castle gates. Woolly says – I’m sure all this walking isn’t good for me! It was a fun ride to the top going round the bends at speed being hardened to the mountain roads now it was a doddle! The view was spectacular, looking at Alanya spread out below us with clear blue seas and the castle in front of us, worth a photo or two. Paying 10TL (approximately £4.10 GBP) to enter we walked up the ... read more
castle grounds
mosque 1

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya February 22nd 2013

With some clouds in the sky and a light drizzle of rain we continued on our route back to Alanya. Having looked at the map we spotted the location of Syedra. Woolly says – this looked like a really good idea, WRONG, turning off the main road we headed towards a mountain in the distance. With the road becoming a dirt track, narrower and narrower with a huge drop down the mountainside Ian tried to keep going, it proved impossible and with Jo clinging to her seat and me clinging to Jo we managed to turn round and descend back to normality and less terrifying driving conditions. It’s a shame we couldn’t make it to the Syedra ruins as it’s believed to date back to the 7th century but even an intrepid Mammoth has his breaking ... read more
Cloudy view of Alanya
Everywhere you look there were more

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