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Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul November 27th 2022

I am combining our last two days into one blog…Last of Jordan and an evening in Istanbul. Friday was our last full day in Jordan, and time to head back to Amman to turn the car in and get ready to leave Saturday morning. As we packed up and left the Petra Marriott, dark clouds and lots of wind were starting to gather. We were grateful that the day before we had great weather and weren’t attempting to visit Petra in the wind and drizzle. As we drove the 3 hours to Amman, we had spurts of rain which didn’t look to be letting up. Luckily the drive was easy, the car was dropped off and we were settled into the Amman Sheraton with a nice suite. We had thought of doing a dinner out, but ... read more
Blue Mosque
Opening up the pot was a production!
View from our room in Petra

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet November 19th 2022

Winter in Europe is something I have never really experienced. I am not big on the European Christmas markets throughout northern Europe. But I am not crazy about cold, wet, rainy, snowy, icy weather. So, even though I start and end this trip in Munich, I am already thinking of warmer climes. This does present a problem with what to pack, whether colder and warmer weather. But I can always ditch the cold weather clothes, meaning donating to either the homeless or to a charity. Or, as my brother often did in our youth, just bring a pair of scissors, and make some instant Bermuda shorts. Given a choice, I would always choose Greece. After all, I have my "adopted" Greek brothers there, Stavros, Giorgos, and Vasilis. And there are many parts of Greece I have ... read more
Or a Cape Town sunset
Somewhere warm is better!

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet November 16th 2022

Well, for one thing, I get a free layover of about 18 hours, between my connection from Munich to my flight home from Istanbul to SFO. So, why not take advantage of this layover, spend the night in a decent hotel, instead of spending the night in the airline business class lounge? I was just here in May, 2019, just before the pandemic hit in early 2020. I spent about a week here, with a local guide. He was a friend of a friend, of Mr. Mike. And he was excellent. I was able to hit all of the highpoints of Istanbul, as well as take the harbor cruise throughout the Bosporus. But the real reason for returning is simply for the Turkish Delight. I brought back a kilo last time, thinking it was too much. ... read more
Love the food on display
The famous Blue Mosque

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Denizli October 31st 2022

As mentioned in the last blog we decided to take a few days to do some land travel in Turkey. The night before we were scheduled to leave Bob decided to pour some water in the bilge to clean it out. This should have been just a quick thing to do, but the bilge alarm went off and stayed on! Yikes, something else. Bob was now having to figure out the problem and in the end he decided to put in a whole new unit. Always good to have spares onboard for situations like this as it was 7:30pm so no shops would be open and we have to leave at 8:30 AM the next morning to catch the bus. We actually have 2 brand new units as spares, 1 exactly the same and the other ... read more
Our Bus Was At 2370 Ft & As You Can See
These Mountain Tops Are Covered in Clouds
Some of the Road Side Stands We Passed On the Way

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet October 12th 2022

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Turkish air lounge Istanbul
Polaris by UAL

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Datça October 9th 2022

9 EKİM 2022 CUMARTESİ Bodrum da devasa bir turist kuyruğu var… Son anda bir seyahat krizi yaşadık . Sveta geminin boarding cart'ını bulamadı ve bizim polis ille de kart diye tutturdu .. Kart en sonunda benim çantamdan çıktı .. Çok ayıp oldu ama artık bu noktadan sonra sesimi çıkaramazdım … Sorunsuz memlekete vardık.. Datça feribotumuz 16 :00 da. O saate kadar, Bodrum 'da biraz dolandık . Yemeğimizi yedik ve saatinde feribotumuza bindik . Datça'da ,sağolsun Gürkan, bir arkadaşını ayarlamış .. Adamcağız bizi alıp kuş gibi Palamut a getirdi… Bir seyahat te böyle geçti.. Biraderim Turhan'a teşekkürediyorum . Bizi çok doğru bir yere yönlendirmiş Sağolsun… Artık önümüze bakıyoruz… ... read more
DATÇA FERİBOT
SVETA IN FERRYBOAT

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Marmaris October 6th 2022

We made it back to Marmaris after a “little” delay on our Easy Jet flight from Gatwick airport. It was scheduled to leave at 3:30PM but we had gotten a message on our phone that it was postponed for 1 ½ hours. That wasn’t too bad and they notified us about 1:30 pm so we decided to take time to have a combination lunch/dinner at the airport. They actually don’t provide you with the actual gate that you need to go to until close to the time of departure. We were told by one of the staff that we should probably start to go through security about an hour before our flight as they would then have the gate assigned. That would mean we wouldn’t have to go until about 4PM based on this information. We ... read more
The Gatwick Airport Has a Distillery!
The Flight Was Delayed But It Actually Turned Out Fun
The First Night Back in Marmaris

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Bodrum September 19th 2022

19 EYLÜL 2022 PAZARTESİ Sabah 08.00 de aslan Gürkan bizi palamut taki evden alıp Körmen’e taşıdı.. Sveta yol boyunca nasıl bu kadar çok konuştığumuza hayretler ediyor .. Kendisine bunun bir de Yunanlıları olduğunu hatırlattım… feribotumuz saatinde kalktı ve saat 11.00 civarında bodrumda idik. Kos gemimiz 16:00 da, dolayısıyla saat 16:00 ya kadar oyalanacak bir sürü işimiz var … Sakallıoğlu’nda yemeğimizi yedik .lokantanın adı yemek konusunda insanın içini açmıyor ama yemekleri güzel doğrusu..bir de çok şeker bir çalışanı var … Banka ve ıvır zıvır işlerimizi hallettik ve ucuz olsun diye yeni limandan gitmeye karar verdim… sen neymişsin be abi ? .. yolların tamamını köstebek yuvası gibi kazmışlar . Şöför gideceğimiz yeri öğrendiğinde neredeyse intihar edecekti … dağların tepeler... read more
KÖRMEN İSKELE
KÖRMEN MARİNA
MOLA

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Antalya July 11th 2022

We arrived in Turkey the end of May and have been concentrating on things that needed to be done on the boat. Now we decided we needed to take time to see someplace other than Marmaris. We had originally planned to take a few months to travel extensively through Turkey, but as we have known from past experience, plans can change in a minute. With Bob trying to turn on the navigational computer “just to check it out”, he found out that even though it was getting 12V of power, it would not turn on. Not good at all. The company we had bought it from has always had great customer support, therefore Bob touched base with them and found that they suggested sending it to their facility in the UK. We could indeed send it ... read more
Numerous Areas with Crops & Greenhouses
Drove Through Forested Areas and Up Pass the Tree Line
A Glimpse of the Magnificent Mountain Views on Our Way

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Dalyan July 4th 2022

The end of three relaxing and summery days in Dalyan. Well, they were relaxing for all but one of us - I’m so amused by Beeb’s interpretation of her forced bathroom incarceration that I can’t let it pass. She got stuck in a bathroom at a restaurant…it was very traumatic, pliers were involved in the rescue, there were tears etc etc, but every time she brings it up (which is a LOT, even more than the vomiting on the plane), she refers to it as the bathroom pubicle and I fall about the place laughing. Mother of the year. Other than the pubicle incident, our time here has been amazing. A river full of turtles, a balcony roof with two swallows’ nests full of baby birds just coming out of their nests and sun, sun and ... read more
Swimming selfie
Straight to insta
Floating around




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