The Zeki Müren Arts Museum – Honouring A Turkish Superstar In Bodrum

Have you ever been to the Zeki Müren Arts Museum in the centre of Bodrum? If you have, then you’ll recognise the photos and some of the stories we’re about to relay here. If not, then let us tell you about this fantastically famous Turkish icon and why we decided to go and visit his […]

Dipping Our Toes Into Yalıkavak On Turkey’s Aegean

The Bodrum Peninsula is barely touched by the exploring feet of Barry and Julia. But 2016 was the year where we had the opportunity to do a bit of mooching around. Springtime is perfect travelling weather in western Turkey and staying at Ağan Pension in Bodrum centre for the Bodrum Global Run during that time, […]

Why Duru Balık Was Our Bodrum Foodie Highlight

Travel’s a personal thing and we all get our own highlights and memories from trips we go on. If you read this blog a lot, you’ll know our travel highlights usually centre around some sort of food we’ve eaten and delighted in: Istanbul and the kokoreç in Galata, Izmir with its enormous midye dolma and offally söğüş, […]

Ağan Pension, Bodrum Centre – Another Little Happy Find

We’re starting to get quite a little collection of comfortable, familiar go to places whilst on our travels around Turkey. In Antalya, we’ve got Hotel Twenty (we stayed there again on our last visit), in Kaş we’ve got Meltem Pension, Istanbul is the exceptional Istanbul Place Apartments and now, we’ve found a great little place in […]

Thinking Of Izmir… And Pondering When To Go Back

Today, 9th September, is the day that Izmir commemorates Independence Day. So, as we’re thinking all things Izmir, and trying to work out when we can fit in a little return visit some time in the not-too-distant future, we thought we’d have a look back at previous visits. Because Izmir is a city that me […]

Going To Izmir? Well, Of Course You’ll Go To Sevinç

Anyone who visits Harrogate is always told they must go to Betty’s Cafe & Tea Rooms. When we visited Harrogate, we dutifully took ourselves off to said tea rooms. Can’t tell you if it was a pleasant surprise or a disappointment because it was an age ago, but I do remember wondering why these places […]

Izmir Sardalya & Yenidoğan Kokoreç – Two More Simple Reasons To Love Izmir

Never say never, but the chances of us telling you all about the gourmet meal we ate at some swanky restaurant in the middle of a Turkish city whilst on our travels are pretty slim. We usually have a foods-to-eat-agenda before we go anywhere, because most regions of Turkey have dishes and foods that they […]

Karşıyaka – Fethiyespor: The Alsancak Stadium Experience

Yes, readers; if you are not a football fan, never fear. There is no need to glaze over and stop reading. This is not so much a match report as another tale of the under-prepared travels of Barry and Julia; it’s just that the setting happens to be a football stadium – Alsancak Stadyumu – […]

Return To Izmir – There’s Never Enough Time

The following blog post was written two days ago immediately after our return from Izmir. On the same day, Berkan Elvan – a 15 year old who was struck on the head by a police tear gas cannister while out to buy bread during the Istanbul protests last June – passed away. His funeral was […]

Izmir – A Circular Coastal Stroll & Sail Of The City

Izmir is a great city to walk around. Try this circular walk, with two
short ferry sails, starting at Alsancak via Karşıyaka, Bostanlı,
Konak…and back to Alsancak