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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 » Cyprus » Lapta May 22nd 2015

New tap fitted to kitchen & new hoses, new internals fitted to the toilet cistern, bought more credit for the dongle, hence this & stuff for the frame which can wait until manyana.. Now having a blog rest until we set off for home in mid June....but do I do it all again on the way home? I think I'll let you decide! Drop me an email please ( & I shall declare the result in the next blog Love from sunny Cyprus! David & Cathy xxx... 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 » Cyprus » Lapta May 22nd 2015

After only 4 hours sleep, the first hour having been disturbed by the driver next to us was playing loud progressive Turkish music (it's deffo not the future), there was a knock on the door just as the alarm went off. OK, OK...but a knock again. A pyjama'd Cathy opened the door to be greeted by the friendly old man with eyes on stalks... Whilst we had been asleep another ship had berthed & this was the one we were to board all along. Whilst our tickets said the 'Via Mare' they had been stamped with 'Valkan' – we didn't know it was ship's name. Old man told us to follow him behind his truck, which we did then another chap from the line showed us where to park up whilst Valkan unloaded. Sounds like Star ... 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 » Aegean » Fethiye May 15th 2015

The meal last night was lovely & we sat by the river. We both had trout, not caught in the river as it's too full of silt, but from a trout farm around the valley somewhere. Fresh not frozen. Trout, mixed salad & fresh chips - £4. A bottle of wine – I didn't ask... In most places in Greece & Turkey, you are sometimes woken by barking dogs, but not here. It wasn't a dawn chorus – more of an eclectic mix of : peacocks, guinea fowl, partridge, cockerels, hens, ducks, cows & donkeys, all but the last two wandering around the site. We were going to move on to Kas (Kaaash) today but Cathy has an upset stomach so we stayed put. I got up, had my shower & decided to have my breakfast ... read more

Middle East » Saudi Arabia May 15th 2015

It's only been 5 months since my last post, so perhaps I've waited long enough to post again about life overseas and in general. I'll succumb to 21st century ideologies, posting more pictures than sentences, to give you a better idea of my experiences. To sum it all up though, in the last 5 months: Caitlin (my wife) came back with me after months of visa issues Our dog and cat made it safely and have settled Been to Riyadh (brief school trip,) Spain - Barcelona and Madrid (school study trip,) Athens, and the country of Bahrain recently Grown increasingly fond of tea Grown increasingly not fond of triple digit heat (though if you tell yourself it's in the low 40's, it makes it slightly more tolerable) Outside of traveling, I'm busy planning/preparing for end of ... read more
Font de Canaletes
La Rambla
Statue of Christopher Columbus

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Fethiye May 14th 2015

One moment – an apology. I was looking at previous posts & have realised that I said that Peter from Holland was a prison warden; my mistake, in fact he was a prison GOVERNOR – Peter, I am very sorry; (everything else was correct – great cook, great artist & lover so Janette tells me; now we'll see if they're reading this!) A bit like when I asked the Marketing Director which territory he covered back in '77... Righto, off we go, but first to the shop for supplies to Kipa, part of Tesco (or as their FD was, 'stitched up like a Kipa') Met a German couple in a converted Merc van – raised, converted to 4x4 with a large living 'box' & painted in an earth & sky camo design. I told him that ... read more

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