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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya December 30th 2013

Woolly says – what a super Christmas I had, lots of pressies for me, so I must have been a very good Mammoth this year. I really loved my JCB from my bestest friend Sion and I spent the afternoon playing with it and my mini Ferrari, I’m not sure that daughter Zoe liked it when I kept driving into her leg hehe. The time in Aberystwyth passed very quickly and with the wind whipping around us we had a tearful goodbye before Ollie took to the road for his last journey before retirement. With only 193 miles to go we spent the journey reminiscing on Ollie’s 20,000 miles with us and watching the Welsh mountains going past, glorious scenery with white blobs of sheep carpeting the landscape. Woolly says – Jo was so transfixed by ... read more
The Great British Phone Box, now sadly nearly extinct
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Christmas Mammoth

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya December 17th 2013

An old wine house, Turkish music in the background, a glass of red and a head full of memories. What to write for my final blog? I could reminisce about the places I’ve seen, the experiences I’ve had or even write about the history, food or culture. I could write about the people. It’s the people who I have met and shared this journey with that have provided the best memories. You ‘people’, you know who you are. You have questioned my logic, challenged my beliefs, shared your stories, given words of wisdom and touched my heart. It’s these connections that I have treasured the most. ‘Back to the real world’ so they say. Turns out I’ve actually been living in the real world; I encourage you to try it sometime. My final story is of ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme December 11th 2013

We went to the open air museum just out side of Göreme. The open air museum is not a museum with ancient artefacts of Turkey it's a lot of cave churches with paintings from all over the country from Sudan and others. We learned a lot about the culture and how hard it was to live in that time. After the museum we went for lunch, the restaurant was one that's in the rock face! We had a really good pottery kabob. We then went for a hike, there were places where I got to run up one side then up the other one. Me and mom played tag with Jill a little bit. We went to an old church school thats not in function any more. We then went and saw a pottery demonstration where ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia » Göreme December 11th 2013

We went on a ballon ride at 6:00am I think it was too early but worth it. They fed us at the office it was like all the other breakfasts. Jill, Elise, Rachel, mom and me where paired with 8 other people and the pilot. Our pilot was hilarious he made jokes, he asked if we had been on a hot air balloon before we said it was are first time and he said it was his too! The view was unbelievably beautiful as the sun rose from the depth of the darkness and shone light to the world! We went through the valley of love and were really close to the ground we then shot up and went 930metres above the ground, we were only feet above the ground when we went over a ridge ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Konya December 11th 2013

We went to a new town. It was a 4 hour drive away. One of the stops we made we saw an old caravan stop, (a caravan stop is where travellers from all over gather and sell their produces). Mom bought me some gloves because I had thought I had lost them. In Konya we stop to see the largest whirling dervish school in Turkey. Not only a school but a grave for the man who got the closet to the god Allah. to be a whirling dervish you must study there for 1001 days. We then went to a wooden Mosque. It was amazing; it had a hole in the middle where they collected snow for water when it melted. After the Mosque, we finally showed up at the family's house we were staying at. ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya December 11th 2013

We had a really nice breakfast. Then went to Antalya. It took five hours with stops now an again. Once we arrived we checked in to our hotel with was really nice. Mom and me had a room with a double and a single bed. I got the single and mom on the double. We then went with the group to a nice restaurant. Ibo told us some good places to go. Then 7 of us went to the beach, while Francisco went to the museum. I went in for a swim. The water was cold but nice. We then headed back to the hotel when the sun started to set. We then all went for supper at the castle restaurant. I got deep fried mussels that were real tasty. Then we split up; some went ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya December 11th 2013

We left Antalya at 2:00pm after shopping at the square and little shops all over then wandering the town and walking with a full view of the Mediterranean. We then got in the van for a long ride to the next town. When we got there it was about 6:00pm so we got settled in and went to an all you can eat buffet at a 4 star hotel. It was about a 20 minute walk away. They had a good meal set and I had lots of food. After paying we went home and played backgammon till 10:00pm. Good night snake wangler... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale December 11th 2013

We went to the ruins of an ancient Roman city, that are right by the white cliffs. We saw the old grave yard and took zombie pictures. Then we saw the grand market and the really different bathroom, where you went was side by side. I couldn't imagine having to use the bathroom with so many people around. We continued on looking at the architecture and seeing old Roman baths and concert halls. We then saw the calcium pools and the ruins of the old Apollo temple now a pool to soak in, Elissa, Rachel and me went in for awhile. After the swim, we had lunch and ice-cream. Then we walked down the calcium pools, they were really cool and felt weird on your feet at places because the calcium goes between your toes. The ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk December 11th 2013

We drove to a new city today. About 15km from the town we stopped for lunch at a family run restaurant to learn how to make turkish cuisine. It was really cool and interesting, but it was too bad I wasn't feeling too good. I didn't get the full taste of it, but it was still good. We learned a lot on how the food is prepared and that they use mostly just fresh ingredients, that they have grown and the olive oil that the man made. After the meal, we went to the town. We had free time the rest of the day so we went to look at the shops. Then mom went in to a jewelry shop and we were there for about 1hour, I played a game of backgammon and I WON!!! ... read more
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Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk December 11th 2013

On est allé à la vielle ville de Ephesus. C'était 5 minutes loin du village où on restait. C'est ville est une femme, avec le temple de Artemis et Hestes, en plus on pense que la maison de la vierge Mary est sur un colline à côté de la ville. Les Romans a mis un bain juste en avant de l'entrée pourque tout le monde a un bain avant d'entre dans la ville. Ibo a expliqué les choses sur les bain. On a vu les colonnes et les statues. Il y a une place pour les assémblées, un petit chamber à un côté où il fait leur décisions. On a vu les temples de Artemis et Hestes. On a payé un peu plus pour voir les planches mosaics c'est encroyables tous les differents motifs et dessins ... read more
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