Return to Fethiye – Leaving The Big City Behind

For six days we’ve ‘lived’ in the buzz of Izmir. We’ve lived in the big city noise:
cars and buses racing along the boulevards,
the screeching of tyres on tarmac as they hit the red lights,
the beeping of horns,
We’ve waited for that fleeting moment when it’s relatively safe to dart to the other side of the road,
We’ve listened to dogs barking in the middle of the night,
arguments and laughter as people make their way home from one of the many bars of Alsancak,
angle grinders, drills and hammers,
the “Buyurun, Buyurun,” of street food traders,
We’ve eaten the street food…lots of it,
We’ve battled through the crowds of Saturday shoppers in Kemeraltı,
We’ve walked – for miles – and we’ve explored,
We’ve loved the fix of Izmir city life…and this evening…

Gulet In Ölüdeniz, Turkey

…This evening, we’ll get on the bus and leave this city life and the Aegean behind.
We’ll return to Fethiye; to the Mediterranean,
A world of gülets,
Turquoise waters,
Pine covered mountains,
A slower pace of life,

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  1. You are so lucky I would love to live in Turkey. We are staying in Kayakoy but going to all the places you have blogged about,hopefully.

  2. City life is fine for a few days, but I couldn’t live it for long. The sea in Izmir is never as blue as that sea in Bodrum and Fethiye.

  3. what an wonderful way to live. i so hope to visit turkey someday!

  4. @ Anne Mackle: We’ve never stayed in Kayaköy overnight. Sure you’ll be having a great time and hope you manage to follow our recommendations. Have fun. 🙂

    @ BacktoBodrum: We cheated a bit here as this is Ölüdeniz, not Fethiye. You’re right though, not much blue sea around the city centre of Izmir. 🙂

  5. @ Jaz: Turkey should be right up there on top of your list! 😉

  6. Visiting another place certainly makes you appreciate home!

  7. @ Jenny: Yeah, we definitely love Fethiye…but we also need that city fix occasionally. Istanbul and Izmir are definitely doing the trick at the moment. 🙂

  8. Wonderful post, all I can do is stare at the screen and saw, “awwww” 🙂

  9. @ Anil: Why thank you very much, kind sir. 🙂 We’re actually still pining for a little bit more big city Izmir, though. 😉

  10. Love the verse… really makes one feel the mood, and the return to home.

  11. @ Mark D: We loved Izmir but Fethiye is never a bad place to come home too. And I’m writing this just as you’re off on your big journey! 🙂

  12. Loved your verse…you said it all. Yes Izmir is quite noisy. I live in a bigger city and Izmir still is more noisier.
    But Fethiye looks beautiful and peaceful…yet have to visit there.

  13. @Julia: We were only in Izmir a couple nights… but I really liked the city. It sort of reminded me of San Francisco — only Turkish.

  14. @ Erica (Irene): Fethiye can be very noisy too. It’s just that this photo of Ölüdeniz seemed to fit. 🙂 We loved Izmir.

    @ Mark D: Izmir’s a special place. It reminded us of Manchester a bit – and we love Manchester, too. 🙂

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