Ashley and Hilary


Ashley and Hilary

This blog has been created for Ashley and Hilary, to catalogue our forthcoming trip overland to Turkey by Harley Davidson.

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Herefordshire May 29th 2011

This is a trip we nearly didn't make... I wanted to record it anyway. The plan was to take off from work early Thursday and head down to Froxfield, Friday morning head off to Symonds Yat. Then, on Tuesday, just before dinner, I (Hilary) fell unconscious in the downstairs corridor getting a spectacular black eye in the process. Ashley couldn't rouse me so he called 999. I was in hospital for 72 hours where no good explanation for the black out was found. Out in time to head out to Froxfield a little later than planned. The weather was not good. Intermittent heavy showers meant that when we arrived at The Pelican the bike was no longer shiney. We were tired and wet. We managed to completely mistime things so that we missed visiting Ashley's brother. ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk May 3rd 2011

Yesterday we were shown round properties, mostly from the outside and were pleasantly surprised by the view from party roof house. Not an uninterrupted picture postcard, no sea view (it is 7Km away) but you can see the castle, the street, some mountains and plenty of sky. It is a varied view. Couldn't get inside though as owner in Bodrum. In the afternoon we went to Kirazli where we were made very welcome and given good advice from people who live there and write blogs. On the way back I got a haircut and Ashley got a shave. I badly needed a haircut and I am happy with the result. We ate in again and took a few beers in Deniz bar which is where we usually go when we are here. Today I went and ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk May 1st 2011

We have arrived safely in Selcuk. The first night in Istanbul we had a few beers in Just Bar and at in Oceans 11. In the mornng we went to the Harley dealership where we discovered the prices of new Harleys in Turkey - unaffordable - even with the tax break. Second hand remains possible though, naturally, the dealerr was not so keen. We spent a very pleasant afternoon with Hassan - he will send us a carpet in Selcuk when we have an address. We spent another pleasant evening but did not eat in Oceans 11 as the portions are so huge. Took the bus to Izmir yesterday, travelling with Varan. We left Istanbul at 09:30, crossed the Marmara by ferry and arrived in Izmir at 18:30. We were offered drinks about every hour - ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Oxfordshire March 26th 2011

26 March 2011 We have been very lax about putting our short trips on the travel blog. They go on the LJ but they can be hard to find there. So, here we are at the Kingfisher in Shillingford. The pub is small and quiet and comfortable. The food is superb. Last night we both had stifado with mixed stir fry veg and saute potatoes which was delicious. Breakfast (full English) was high quality everything and perfectly cooked to order. It was not huge but that actually suits me better. Shillingford itself is very pretty. Yesterday we amused ourselves by wandering round part of the village where they were filming Midsomer Murders – round the corner from here. They were actually filming and we may have seen famous people we didn't recognise. Today we walked. We ... read more
Shillingford Bridge at sunset
Whittenham Clumps 2011

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Canakkale September 24th 2010

Canakkale: We took a dolmus to the bus station after breakfast but there are no direct buses to Canakkale so we had to change at Edremit. Edremit is not a very prepossessing town and we waited there for an hour and a half before getting the bus out. A pleasant journey with some great scenery then we booked into the Efes where we have stayed before but this time we remembered to get one of the en suite rooms. Friday night in a University town was chaotic but fun. We had sardalya and etmek for very little money - much nicer than a doner kebab and much the same trimmings. Ashley got a shave then we had beer on the front watching the sunset followed by a giant mackerel which we shared. More beer then bed. ... read more
Sunset Canakkale

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Ayvalik September 23rd 2010

Ayvalik: The hotel in Izmir was not as cheap as we thought - 50 lira per person per night not 50 lira for the room. Still reasonable value though. We took a taxi to the otogar where we easily got a bus to Avalik. We booked into the Aziz Arslan Otel (where we stayed two years ago) then headed out to Sheytan Sofrasi - the devil's dinner table. About an hour easy walk from where the bus dropped us. It is very beautiful up there. The views are immense. So immense that they are hard to take in. It was extremely windy. There are several cafes up there and some of them play loud music. Most people though go up in vehicles so the walks there and back were quiet. In the evening we drank beer ... read more
Seytan sofrasi
At the bus stop

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Izmir September 21st 2010

Izmir day 2 The hotel breakfast was adequate. Bread, cheese, tomatoes, boiled eggs, olives and so on so pretty much the regular. No coffee, but we fixed that soon enough. Izmir archaeological museum is nothing spectacular, but pleasant enough. There were a few nice pieces, the mosaic was good. Most of the really good stuff from Izmir province is in Istanbul, London and Berlin. The rest is in Selcuk. There is a Hellenistic bronze of an athlete running - probably the best piece in the museum. After the museum we grabbed a taxi up to the Kale (castle). The views were great. But thre is not much of the castle left. They are excavating the cisterns as there used to be a complex water distribution system. We walked back down as there are steps so you ... read more
Ashley in the Kale
Izmir from the Kale
Ashley is in the agora

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Izmir September 20th 2010

Izmir The train from Selcuk to Izmir was pleasant enough and terminates in central Izmir unlike the bus which terminates some miles out at the Otogar. Izmir is hot. Car and truck fumes add to the sense of heat. Its a busy modern city with all the usual confusion that can bring. We had simit and some very, very nice cake from a baker (carrot and walnut cake - just moist enough and not too sweet). We found a locally made kitchen range of ovens and hobs. This included a combination electric and gas hob, the whole range seemed to be modular, and looked to be akin to NEF stuff in quality. The museums are closed on Monday The bazar was neat. Staying near Basmane train station has its drawbacks. There are a few bars open ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Guzelcamli September 19th 2010

Millipark: Maybe we should have started earlier - we should have taken more water. Took the dolmus to Kusadasi and then the dolmus to the Millipark. We got dropped off at the canyon around 11:45 and started to walk. The way up was never too steep - just a fairly gentle slope round and round the mountain, rising to just over 900 metres. The views are spectacular. You start off under the high canyon cliff then gradually climb above it - towards the end it looks a long, long way beneath you. We saw eagles. We saw small lizards. We heard a large animal crashing through the undergrowth (probably wild boar though they are more often seen on the beaches eating people's leftovers). We saw many, many flies and other insects who seemed to want to ... read more
Scale of the cliff
First turn of the spiral path
We are now above the cliff

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Selçuk September 17th 2010

This morning we went to Kusadasi and wandered around for a bit. The bay is very beautiful. We also looked around the market and bought a kilo of figs. They are not first class but we have been told we got them cheap. Today we learned that, for approximately what we paid for the flat we are currently living in we can either buy a property in need of restoration and get it restored or buy an already restored property or buy a brand new high end apartment. I do not think that buying land and having it built upon is a good option for us. We saw two properties of great interest. One a completed conversion with a wonderful roof terrace and one a brand new apartment with a priceless view. Both are well within ... read more
Artemesion, mosque, kale, basillica
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train museum

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