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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Side May 22nd 2015

Left at a decent enough time for another coastal journey, some of it along the coast which has become the Turkish riviera with hotel after hotel after hotel, some of which were as big as Wembley Stadium & quite gross. A few had big statues out front as an indication of oppulence? But the one to take the top prize had 2 Greek females & gold plated or at least painted gold & were a good 40' tall. Once through the grot the road was as twisty as the others but climbed to 1500 m above sea level , hugging the coast & again just beautiful. We stopped for lunch at a more organised cafe next to one of the many fuel stations that are in Turkey & this time we had pide (a form of ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya May 22nd 2015

t was hot yesterday – 33 most of the afternoon & in the evening the breeze dropped so it was a hot night despite have all the roof lights open. Worth it though for the first view out of the door when we got up.... The showers were hot too which is more than we were expecting. We went & sat on the beach & read then had a swim in the sea, our first this year. It was a bit cold; I must have been very emotional as I had two lumps in throat...We were watching the little fish in the shallows when a sea bass or a mackerel shot by & gobbled a few up. We had a wander around an ancient monument in the afternoon which is right net door to the site ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Taşucu May 22nd 2015

Up early to the sound of more watering... Off again on the short trip to the ferry port. Another amazing road way above the sea. They're building lots of tunnels which must mean they are to build another new road which will open this coast up no end. Shame for all the little shops & cafes on the old road – goodness knows what they'll do... Arrive in Tasucu & there is no shade to be found, so parked up, wound the awning out a little & had a quick lunch. Some young lad of about 9 came over & spoke to us in Turkish, peered into the van etc. Our first thought was that he was trying to con us into a false parking charge. I asked a passer by what the boy wanted – ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Side May 18th 2015

Woke to a beautiful day. Went off to the showers at 7.30 in case there was a rush which there wasn't, expecting a cold shower as the sun hadn't been up long. It was uber hot. Our bodyguard slipped away in the night to do some mine sweeping I assume but a couple of gullets motored across the bay. Could have stayed here for a while.... Got away for 9.30 as we knew that not only was it a fair way away but also it was the coastal road - & what a road. Once again it hugged the coastline close to the sea & passed some lovely coves, little beaches & also a harbour that had nothing around it; it was just a mooring site I suppose. Back through the snow covered mountains, out, back ... read more

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 » Antalya May 4th 2015

After short flights, we arrived in Antalya, a beautiful city situated on the Turquoise Coast. We exited the airport and searched for our name being held by one of the several shuttle drivers. Hmmm. No luck. We waited and kept looking as new drivers arrived. Still no sign bearing our name. Not quite sure what to, do one of the shuttle drivers noticed us and asked where we were staying. He immediately called our Pansiyon and within about 5 minutes a driver was calling out to us. We followed him and soon piled our bags into a taxi. Antalya is a huge, modern city. The drive took about 30 minutes and then we entered Kaleici, the old town of Antalya. Here the streets narrowed to cobblestone lanes. Our driver was a little unsure of where our ... read more
Hidrilik Tower
Our Pansiyon Courtyard
Our Pirate Cruise Ship

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya March 29th 2015

Woolly says – It’s hard to believe that we have now lived in Turkey for over eighteen months. As part of our five year plan – Jo does like a plan – it hadn’t panned out in quite the way we had expected due to circumstances out of our control and I suppose I knew that it couldn’t continue with days of sitting on the balcony, wandering around the harbour or chasing the waves on the beach. There was a distinct smell of change in the air…… I told him to have a bath! Woolly says - …… and as Jo seemed intent on writing list upon list I knew that something was afoot (well paw in my case). As discussions were held with daughter Zoe and more lists were made a plan seemed to be ... read more
View from the Castle
Searching for Rock Pools
Castle Walls

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya March 1st 2015

Woolly says – I’d seen a poster with some pictures of camels and some strange Turkish words ‘deve güreşleri ve muz festivali’ having translated it…. Ok I had a little help, it appeared that Mahmutlar an area a short bus ride away from us was to hold its first Camel Wrestling and Banana Festival, now that sounded like a good day out. As Jo hummed and harred over the weather forecast I wondered if one of my hero’s the famous Travel Camel one of our fellow bloggers might be there, would it allow me to finally meet this incredible adventurer? How do Camels wrestle, will they be eating bananas while they wrestled, would I have to eat a lot of bananas? Having tried to gently let my little friend down on the appearance of our fellow ... read more
Camel Wrestling
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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya February 24th 2015

The next morning dawned with low clouds and rain. Woolly says – not being the sort of mammoth to let this dampen my enthusiasm I ensured that my tour group was equipped with waterproofs and umbrellas to keep me dry and hustled them into the hire car for today’s excursion. Setting off along the D400 I scanned the landscape to see what changes had occurred since my last trip along this much travelled road. A few new hotels seemed to have appeared and were starting to prepare for the season to come. Woolly says – As Nanty Carys kept her foot on the pedal I pointed out the points of interest that we were passing, the shop where I purchased pistachio’s, the banana stall with its friendly owner, the campsite we had stayed on as well ... read more
Stunning place - the open area that would have housed the baths
It's rather large!
All on show!

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya February 23rd 2015

Woolly says – Oh dear, and a very large OH DEAR at that, in a country that is supposed to have 330 days of sunshine I want to know where all this rain has come from! Life seems to have settled into a routine over the last month, watching the rain pouring down and keeping warm being my main occupations and annoying Jo when I get really bored! This is Turkey why is there so much of that wet stuff leaking from the skies? Why is it so cold? We moved here for the warmth and being tucked up in blankets reminds me far more of life in the UK than anything else. On the odd sunny day Jo has taken me to the beach or round the harbour to stretch my paws and catch each ... read more
Bit Chilly for a Swim
The Waterfall and a Mammoth
One of the Swimming Pools... for the warmer weather

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