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Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean May 27th 2016

Sabbath, 21 May – Fethiye (“Fet-ee-aye”) We decided on the scenic route along the water, even though it was going to take longer than the inland highway. However, we were rewarded with drop-dead gorgeous scenery as we wove between coast and mountain. The landscape is rocky yet shrubs and trees abound on the steep slopes between coast and peak. The Grampians meets the Aegean. Along the way there were families selling gozleme from their open-air pizza ovens. I wanted to stop but we didn’t have any small change and we couldn’t ask a poor family to break a hundred. 100kms later we re-joined the main highway and we both agreed that today has been the prettiest day of driving thus far. It still astounds me how mountainous and green Turkey is. Once in Fethiye, we spent ... read more
Rock Tombs - Fethiye
Somewhere in Canada...err Turkey!
Patara Ruins

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya May 27th 2016

After the tour ended I hitched a ride with Kevin and Sheri to Nicosia and stayed overnight in a hotel that is better left unmentioned. We strolled around the old city and sauntered across the Green Line to inspect the vast array of very reasonably-priced goods by Gucci, Nike etc. I flew out this morning from Ercan airport in North Cyprus to Antalya on the south coast of Turkey. It has a lovely old centre with Ottoman houses and a Roman gateway, surrounded by many square kilometres of resort-oriented new town. While inspecting the Roman-era mausoleum perched on a cliff by the sea I bumped into a retired Turkish policeman who spoke very good German (much better than mine!)... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kayaköy May 3rd 2016

We awoke to a cloudy sky but feeling most refreshed, we followed our small companion up to the terrace for breakfast. Woolly says – day two of amazing breakfasts and having feasted to my hearts content I could truly say that I couldn’t manage another mouthful...... Miracles do happen and as I wiped the three types of jam of the furry fiend we were all looking forward to the next part of our journey. Woolly says - ....... the jam was delicious but I was glad of the wipe down as I appeared to be sticking to the floor! Next came the entertainment of Jo trying to get her backpack into position and then pointing her in the right direction before she fell over backwards hehehehehe. I led the way to the bus station and as ... read more
Rock Tombs
Amazing
A mammoth and his hero

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 » Alanya March 27th 2016

Smooth sailing the rest of the way…I arrived in Istanbul and caught another flight to Antilya and then a shuttle to Alanya (which I thought was close by but its like 110 km away). Same sort of idea here at this resort; activities of the touristy nature and way too many old people…90% of the peeps there were German. Idk why, but it must have something to do with the largest Turkish population outside of Turkey being in Berlin…goes the other way too maybe? Idk…buuuuut I speak a lil so I got by just fiiiiine. I really did nothing the whole week. Well, I supposed I went to a market street like a 10 minute walk away and bought myself a bracelet. I also spent a lot of time searching for a Turkish flag patch…and in ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Alanya February 11th 2016

Woolly says – I sat chuckling to myself as Jo repacked the suitcase for the third time, by now most of the things that had originally been put in were now on the floor and Jo being Jo sat with her bottom lip wobbling at the thought of not being able to take everything she needed. Daughter Zoe came to the rescue stating the obvious ‘why don’t you just book some more weight onto the flight?’ Jo perked up immediately and started repacking and loading everything back in…women! He makes it sound so easy but with things going into storage for an unknown period of time I needed to make sure I had all the vitals, but maybe not quite so many packets of chocolate buttons! Woolly says – I voted for taking the chocolate and ... read more
What a Mess
The Ottoman House
Dining Area in the Ottoman House

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 » Antalya » Çıralı October 30th 2015

Our trip to Çirali got off to a bit of an interesting start. On the way to the bus stop in Antalya our taxi driver asked us which hotel we were staying at in Çirali. After we missed one turn off to the bus station I started to suspect that he thought he was driving us all the way to Çirali which is about an hour and a half from Antalya. When we missed the next turn off we said “bus” and eventually managed to communicate that we only wanted to be driven to the bus station, not to Çirali (if only we spoke Turkish..). After the initial misunderstanding we were dropped off at the bus station. The taxi driver was probably sad he was missing out on an excellent fare (taxis are not cheap in ... read more
Friendly cat we found on the way to Olympos
Entrance to Olympos
Tomb near the entrance to Olympos

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya October 27th 2015

We arrived at the Antalya bus station at about 7:30am following a 9 hour overnight bus ride from Göreme. After grabbing our bags we headed to the line of taxis, hopped in one and headed off towards our hotel in Kaleiçi, the old town of Antalya. Kaleiçi (which means ‘inside the castle or fortress’) was a Roman town, then a Byzantine, then a Seljuk Turkish, and finally an Ottoman Turkish town. It is built around a harbour, in the centre of the modern city of Antalya. Our hotel was closed when we arrived, but one of the staff from the hotel’s restaurant was cleaning up after a party the previous night. We grabbed a seat and waited until the hotel staff arrived. Not long after we sat down a very cute and very friendly pregnant cat ... read more
Antalya statue
Kaleiçi
Kaleiçi

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya October 15th 2015

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