Blogs from Turkey, Middle East - page 26


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

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Mersin February 21st 2013

Waking to the sun streaming through the window and a glorious view of Kizkalesi Castle was a joy to behold. Woolly says – had a slight headache, not sure why!!!!! We arrived on the hotel veranda for a beautiful if simple breakfast with bread rolls to die for, having cost 72TL for a night including breakfast (approximately £29 GBP) it was a bargain, the owners were lovely and very sweet and the view sitting in the sun was a great start to the day. Check out the hotel on: url= Knowing of Kizkalesi castle before our arrival we were delighted to find a second castle in the same bay. Woolly says – Two... read more
Korykos castle
Stunning views
Around every corner there was more!

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Mersin February 20th 2013

Wanting to see more of Turkey we decided to hire a car and head towards Kizkalesi, east of Alanya and approximately 400km away, having done some research we knew that there were loads of Roman ruins and plenty of castles to see and investigate. Having booked our vehicle on line with a large international car company we gathered together enough to last a night out, collected Woolly from his cosy bed and set off to collect the car. Finding the address given on the net empty we refused to panic and asked for directions finally locating the rental agency a couple of streets away. Puzzled looks greeted our arrival and a lack of Turkish on our part and English on the his side we were given a phone and spoke to a lovely Turkish gentleman who ... read more
Stunning view
Catching Tea!
Castle in the Sea

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya February 14th 2013

Another glorious day in Alayna so we decided to take Woolly to the beach on the other side of the castle – Kleoprata Beach. Woolly says – I’ve heard lots of good reports on this beach, it was slightly windier than the Keykubat side (no mountain to protect us from the wind) and to be fair that was the only difference, sat and chilled for a bit before Jo and Ian took me to the Damlatas Cave – WOW! I think Woolly enjoyed this! Woolly says – It was amazing, as we walked into the caves the temperature became very humid, wonderful for asthma and bad chests. I was greeted by the site of HUGE stalactites and stalagmites (Jo explained that tites go down, not sure why Ian laughed!), with subtle lighting I was able to ... read more
Lots of sand!
Chilling on the Beach
Dalmatas Caves, Alayna, Turkey

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya February 10th 2013

Waking to glorious sunshine is always a good way to start the day. With fluffy clouds in the sky and only a light breeze we took off for the beach. Woolly says – hang on what about the red toilet? Oh yes, Woolly tell the world about the red toilet and your day on the beach. Woolly says – Jo and Ian took me out for tea last night, we found the Flash Restaurant and Bar url= Jo had fish which she said was pretty good, not my cup of tea as it still had its head on!! Ian let me share his lamb skewer which was ok, not the best but ok and considering the meals with a couple of beers came to 57 TL (Turkish lira) approximately £20 it ... read more
Building my first ever sand castle
Getting water for my moat
My Fortress against the water


Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya February 8th 2013

We decided to set off for a walk round the harbour and towards the shipyards. Although in the 20’s the wind was pretty blustery and the waves smashing off the rocks and the sea wall were fabulous. Alanya has two lighthouses to guard the harbour; both are a short walk from the front. Woolly Says – I loved the big lighthouse; can I be a lighthouse keeper please? Jumping through the spray and dodging the waves was amazing fun, we arrived at the larger of the two lighthouses which you can climb up when open. It gives an excellent view of the bay of Alanya and shows clearly the development that is making this a top destination. Woolly says – I got wet in the waves, Jo told me off, but it was such good fun ... read more
Two Lighthouses
The sea wall
Shipyards from the Red Tower

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya February 7th 2013

We made it…….. leaving the UK in a snowy blizzard we boarded our flight and spent 4hours and 20 minutes with our knees up by our chins – being only 5 foot and a bit (the bit is important), even I was cramped! Coming into land at Antalya airport brought warmth to our bones and as we made our way down the coast to Alanya it was wonderful to see the sea and the developing area that we were approaching. When books are written it is not all towns that can brag of having pirates, queens and great war lords as main characters – Alanya can! In its early years Alanya was a small town discovered by pirates where the inhabitants existed mainly by farming and trading. The town, which at that time was named Coracesium, ... read more
Alayna beach
Alayna Harbour

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul February 6th 2013

Hi There. At the end of August this year, we will be flying from Cape Town to Istanbul, with the intention of going to our daughter's wedding on one of the Greek Islands later in September. We have only about four days maximum to take in some of Turkey, and would be looking to spend the following 3 weeks or so on the Greek Islands and in Greece. Could anyone give us a few tips on how to get the best of our limited time in Istanbul, moving Westward toward the Mediterranean coast. We are open to hiring a car, but would like suggestions as to best mode of transport and must see places. Any input would be most welcome. Many thanks. Mike... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Ankara January 22nd 2013

Hello there I'm Gorkem!. I worked as a free-lance photographer in middle -east region for a long time and now it's time to enjoy life. This Blog will be an record of my journey to Patagonia!! I have a 5 months to start journey and during this time i'll try to tell my stories in Middle-East and caucasia. I hope this blogs will help som people that want to see middle-east region alone...... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul January 19th 2013

December 31st, 2012- As part of my MBA program, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Dubai to meet a Global Business course requirement. Before I arrived in Dubai, I toured around Istanbul, Turkey and almost all of Jordan over the course of 6 days. The time in Istanbul and Jordan was not a part of the MBA program, it was just personal travel. I traveled with my good friend, Mike Crow, who is also in the MBA program. Mike and I were in the same fraternity at Drake University and we coach a few hockey teams together in Des Moines. Our first destination in the Middle East was Istanbul, Turkey. We chose Istanbul simply because it was the cheapest round trip flight over to the Middle East from Chicago ($550 each!). We had ... read more
Upgraded to business class!
Blue Mosque at night
Courtyard of Blue Mosque

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