Blogs from Turkey, Middle East - page 27


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

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul January 15th 2013

On the ferry We began our glorious hunt by taking the usual route: a ferry from Uskudar iskelesi to Kabatas station in 'new' Istanbul and a bus down the scenic route by Bosphorus, up to Tophane station where Istanbul Modern is situated in. We were in the hunt for modern and contemporary art, but the first thing we saw were about fifty to hundred police officers in riot gear. We were confused, none of this apparent police control fitted our journey's themes of purification and inner peace. At first, we deducted that we must be somewhere close to a football stadium. After all, we had read and heard rumours that Turkish football fanatics can get extremely feisty. Late... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul January 15th 2013

I don't think it snowed overnight, but there was a very heavy frost because it was like driving through a winter wonderland on our way to the underground city of Kaymakli. There are eight levels of accommodation carved into the soft volcanic rock at Kaymakli and it is only one of 30 underground cities in this area. Kaymakli is the second largest of the underground cities all of which are said to be connected by underground tunnels. A few of the passages connecting sections of the city were a bit low and narrow which was a bit claustrophobic but, on the whole, it was surprisingly roomy and very well ventilated so it wasn't too unpleasant exploring it. Once again we had this amazing site to ourselves! From Kaymakli we drove to a viewpoint overlooking the Three ... read more
Underground City of Kaymakli
The Three Beauties with Mt Erciyes in the background

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia January 14th 2013

We had a HUGE day today! We were collected at six o'clock this morning for our balloon flight over the Göreme Valley. It was still dark as we drove out to the launch site. Once we arrived, we didn't have to wait very long before all of the balloon companies started to arrive with their balloons and baskets. In no time at all there were balloons inflating all over the place. Very exciting. Yalçin escorted us across the snow to our balloon while it was still being blown full of hot air. Before it was fully inflated they started loading us into the basket and handed out an instruction sheet. The first instruction was - No Smoking. Hmmn, the guys working on the balloon already broke that one! The second instruction was no-one within a five ... read more
Balloon 1
Balloon 2
Balloon 3

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia January 13th 2013

Our first stop today was at Çatalhöyük, a Neolithic settlement that was occupied for around 1,400 years more than 9,000 years. During the period that it was occupied old houses were abandoned and new homes were built on top of the remain which, over time, created a mound over 21 metres high. The dwellings were built closely together without streets separating them so it is believed that the inhabitants walked across the rooftops and used ladders to climb down into the homes' interiors. Archaeologists have explored the site during two periods of excavations. Initial excavation works were undertaken between 1961 and 1965. The site has been explored further since then with annual investigations taking place since 1993. Most of the findings uncovered at Çatalhöyük over the last 50 years are housed in the Museum of Anatolian ... read more
Reproduction house at Catalhoyuk
Catalhoyuk 2
Catalhoyuk 3

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