Blogs from Kas, Mediterranean, Turkey, Middle East


Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas April 2nd 2018

I know my limits and boats rocking, swaying and turning while anchored up is definitely one of them. I'm not exactly feeling very 'Intrepid’ (my tour company's name) as we set off for our boat trip from the tiny fishing port of Ucagiz, near Kas, one of the most southerly parts of Turkey on the Turquoise Coast. The thought of being stuck on a boat feeling completely nauseous and not able to get off fills me with dread. It doesn't help when lots of kind people in the group try to reassure me 'You’ll be fine, no worries’. Obviously none of you have been stuck on a lobster dory waiting for the fisherman to haul up his pots and sort his catch whilst bobbing about and turning round and round on the anchor. OMG I wanted ... read more
Boarding our boat at Ucadiz
Turquoise Coast boat trip to Kekova island
Diving into freezing cold water - again! Crazy!

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas May 1st 2016

Woolly says – its been a strange few months, Jo seems to have spent her time racing around Alanya on the back of scooters in an attempt to visit every official building there is in the city, sometimes returning with a beaming smile but more often than not looking teary eyed and bedraggled. Endeavouring to keep myself occupied and between counting my ever growing pistachio collection I set to on the planning of our next adventure. As the day of departure came closer it was lovely to take a week off and take on the mantle of Tour Guide for friend Dave’s visit and the usual trips round the harbour, castle and the other delights that Alanya has to offer. Having waved him off I barely had time to recheck my latest nut acquisitions before daughter ... read more
Something a Little different
Yep that's it folks!
Goats on the Move

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas November 3rd 2015

From our hotel in Çirali we caught a dolmus to the bus stop to wait for the bus to Kaş which is about two and a half hours away. After about a 10 minute wait the bus turned up and all the passengers piled off for their cigarette break. We loaded our bags and then hopped into the bus to find a seat. Once everyone had climbed back on it became clear that there was only a single seat left right up the back, sandwiched between four Turkish men. Scott thought it was best he sat between the men so grabbed that seat whilst I settled in to my luxurious spot on a newspaper on the floor, right next to a rubbish bin. After about 25 minutes we reached the next stop and enough passengers hopped ... read more
Our boat
Our boat
First stop on our boat tour

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas May 16th 2015

was musing again last night as I do & wondering how many words I have written in this blog, it must be pushing 10,000– it feels like a dissertation but more fun. It's quite a commitment but I think I shall miss it when I stop in an odd way...there's another 40 odd... I found the disposal point for the chemical the area that in the process of being developed..sat on it's own. They don't have a clue... Off we go after a lengthy goodbye to Yasin who was, by this time, overly friendly if you see what I mean. The old road for 16km through forests next to the river & the bridge whose base had washed away in the storms & a government chappie with a theodolite was doing his thing. Then onto ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas August 13th 2014

Watching his happy little furry face with his trunk pressed against the window and his tail twitching in glee as the bus started its journey was a sight to behold. We had grabbed an opportunity to do some exploring with one of our expat friends known as Happy. Happy or Keith to be exact has lived in Alanya for nearly 16 years and has spent many days using the buses to explore the Antalya region and beyond. A short trip over a few days would help with the itchy feet and would give Woolly the chance to discover more of the country in which we live and get back on the trail of Hadrian. Woolly says – The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round, the mammoth on the ... read more
Back on the Roman Trail
Waiting for the Bus
Hellanstic Temple in Kas

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas May 13th 2014

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas May 30th 2013

Note: by double-clicking on any of the photos you will be transferred to the photo gallery which provides bigger images of the photos. Wednesday 29th May: the big transfer to Kas. After a leisurely packing up session in the morning we headed off down the road to say goodbye and thanks to Pete and Margaret for making our stay in Dalyan so enjoyable and memorable. Then it was back to Dalyan and the 100 mile journey east to Kas, a small and scenic port that we had enjoyed visiting twice previously, in 2008 and 2010. The journey was quite easy as all we had to do was to join the D400 main coastal highway just outside Dalyan and follow it all the way to Kas and admire the scenery en route. We stopped twice, once ... read more
Kas Harbour
Veranda of Andifli Hotel
The view

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas May 5th 2013

We have been travelling north along the coast. The towns vary markedly. My favourites are those with the cobbled streets and fishing village atmosphere. Of course some are highly geared to tourists and the worst look like the nasty side of Spain. We have seen the ugly tourists, badly burned and in search of beer and fries! Oh yes we have plenty of them at home too. I take the opportunity to swim in the sea where possible. The colour is fabulous! The photo here of Kaputas beach near Kas does not do it justice! Accommodation is very good and very affordable by Australian standards. Today we have visited a Temple of Apollo in Didim. Dates back to 8th century BC. Small and so charming. Loved it! Roll on Ephesus! Postscript: Met an aspiring travel guide ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas April 27th 2013

Day 3 - Bezirgan - Saribelen - Gokceoren Today we decided to get up early and then take a break during afternoon when its really hot. Still we got up around 6:00 and left around 7:00. After a short downhill walk we reached Bezirgan We were hoping to get some breakfast here but the town looked closed. We did not really want to get off the trail, so did not really go into the village. We though we will have food at the next village Serebalen which was about 7km away. Little did we know that its 7km of up and down and up again. After Bezirgan, the there is a steep climb for about 20min, and then it took us to a nice wide slightly uphill road. I thought this is good, we are finally ... read more
home food
Third campsite
14+ to go

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas April 25th 2013

Walking along the Lycia way - part of it - was a sort of last minute decision. We had thought about it when planning our Turkey trip but dismissed it as it would have involved lot of domestic travel and would take days away from other things. But true to our nature - hikers at heart - we curtailed other plans to accomodate the backpacking trip. Overall we hadnt planned much about the trip. We had a broad idea of the route and had picked the Patara to Kas portion of the hike, but didnt know the distances between the campsites or the elevation profile or whether it was well maintained etc. We assumed it would be a easy hike and we have already done a lot of hiking so it was up our alley. Oh ... read more
First campsite
water well
ruined wall

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