Turkey

Back to Turkey

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Travel, Turkey, Wanderlust | 0 comments

Back to Turkey

What draws us to Turkey.  This latest trip is our third time.  Could it be the people?  The food?  The amazing coastline with turquoise blue waters that run from the Aegean down to the Mediterranean.  It’s the cradle of civilization.  Archeological sites galore if that’s what you like.  Us, we like the beach clubs, the food, the shopping, the walking, meeting the people, taking in all the local action.  We ddidn’t see one archeological site even though we weren’t too far from one big one.

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The Proper Shave…Turkish Style

Posted by on Nov 12, 2011 in Fethiye, Kalkan, Road Trips, Travel, Turkey, Wanderlust | 3 comments

The Proper Shave…Turkish Style

Well, I couldn’t end my Turkey stories without telling you about the shave.

Roy wanted a real Turkish shave and he hadn’t shaved for a few days so that he could properly enjoy one.  We asked Captain Mehmet who the best barber was in Kalkan and he told us.  So on our last night we went into town.  We hadn’t really explored Kalkan because we’d been so busy.  That’s not usual for us.  We love towns but on this trip there was too much to do.

We found Elit Barber on a busy street with music blasting and lit up like a carnival.  Like I told you before, Turkish towns are alive.  We asked for the barber and were told he was not in the shop but would come right away.  Mind you, it was 10PM but not a problem apparently.

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The Fish Market

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 in Fethiye, Fish Market, Restaurant Reviews, Travel, Turkey, Wanderlust | 0 comments

The Fish Market

Chapter 5 – The Fish Market

We wanted fish.  Well I wanted fish; Roy’s allergic but he loves seafood.  We were told the only place to go was The Fish Market in Fethiye.  So after spending the day by the pool at Villa Mandarin, we hopped in the car for a drive.  Fethiye is the largest town in the area,  a small city actually and we wanted to see it and explore a little.  Once we took the exit we were immediately lost.  Being Sunday nothing was open but we found a gas station and were able to get directions.  Everyone knows the Fish Market.  We drove to the waterfront and parked the car.  The promenade along the harbor is beautiful and since it’s Sunday people are walking, talking and having leisurely lunches at restaurants dotted along the way.  There are lots of boats docked; fishing boats and gulet boats available for charter.  Fethiye is a point of departure for the famous gulet trips.  We had to ask people where the fish market was and finally found it.  Not where we thought it would be, along the water, but on a side street a few blocks in.

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Cruising the Turquoise Coast

Posted by on Oct 16, 2011 in Restaurant Reviews, Road Trips, Travel, Turkey, Wanderlust | 2 comments

Cruising the Turquoise Coast

Chapter 4…A Day on The Hazal

On our “must do” list while in Kalkan was to spend a day cruising the Turquoise Coast. Kalkan is a hub for cruising.  When we arrived at the Villa Mahal, we asked the staff to arrange for a private boat. “Not a problem, be at the dock tomorrow between 10-10:15AM”.

We didn’t know quite what to expect in the way of a boat.  Kalkan’s a busy little harbor and we saw boats of every size and type coming and going.  So there we were waiting at the dock and out of the distance came the Hazal.  It pulled up and we boarded for a day that would be one of the best experiences of our trip and by the end of the day Captain Mehmet and his first mate would be like family.

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Turkish Delights

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in Turkey, Wanderlust | 0 comments

Turkish Delights

Chapter 3 – Do You Know the Way to Kabek Beach…

It’s supposedly a short walk to the beach from our inn but we decide to drive.   Kabek Beach is well known.  It’s a beautiful cove on the Turquoise Coast.  We drive down the road and find some action; parked cars, a market and a little restaurant and figure this is the way to the beach.  After we park, we start down a path that we’re directed to but end up in someone’s backyard; some old guy yells at us and Roy thinks he wants money for us to take his picture, either that or he’s going to the bathroom!  So we turn around and start again and end up nowhere.

A Desoto truck, circa 1940 calling itself a “jeep seferi” is shuttling people so we hop on for a ride down.  Let me describe this road…first of all it’s a dirt road fit for only one car.  It’s very, very steep, with a drop off that I don’t want to look at and it winds down to the beach; did I mention that it’s about 3 miles down.  I’m not sure how we would have hiked it, especially in flip flops!  When a shuttle truck comes from the other direction the driver has to maneuver his way to let them pass.  But, it’s a spectacular drive.

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Turkish Delights

Posted by on Oct 2, 2011 in Restaurant Reviews, Road Trips, Travel, Turkey, Wanderlust | 2 comments

Turkish Delights

Turkey. It’s a link between east and west.  This fascinating country has it all and it’s the country where we chose to spend our annual anniversary adventure.

What follows is not a day by day account of our trip, but more of a collection of our most memorable experiences.

CHAPTER 1 – THE ROAD TO FARALYA

Boston-Munich; Munich-Istanbul; Istanbul-Dalaman.  We’re on our way to Faralya, a tiny dot on the map situated between Fethiye and Kalkan on the Turkish Mediterranean coast.  It’s an hour and a half drive to our inn, the Villa Mandarin and we have very detailed directions on how to get there. The sun sets at 8 and we arrive in Dalaman at 6:30, so we should have no problem.  Not so – Turkish towns at night are ablaze with lights and it’s hard pick out the landmarks and follow directions as the car goes whizzing by, not to mention everything is in Turkish. So we stop at least 5 times, ask questions using sign language, have a couple of fights and finally we are on a road which we won’t appreciate until the next day.

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