1207 Boutique Hotel, Kaleiçi – We Splashed Out In Antalya

This year's trip to Antalya for the Runatolia event was a bit different. You know us; we're happy in a small pension. As long as there's a clean bed and a shower, we're good to go. The less spent on accommodation, the more we have for playing out. So, this is how it came to pass that we ended up … [Read more...]

A Journey Through The Ancient Ruins Of Ephesus

The day before, we'd clambered around the travertines of Pamukkale and explored the haunting ruins of Hierapolis. After a good night's sleep and a breakfast to set us up for the day, we once again hit the road for the short 2 hour drive towards Selçuk. And, first stop for the day, the magnificent … [Read more...]

Hierapolis Of Phrygia – A Fascinating Ancient World Of Possibles And Maybes

The more we visit ancient sites, the more we realise we need to keep returning. Twice we've been to Hierapolis, and, after doing research for this article, I'm very keen for us to get back there and hunt out all the little details I've come across online. Those finer details that you miss as you … [Read more...]

Return To Pamukkale – Turkey’s Cotton Castle

The world famous Pamukkale travertines; it's been a funny old relationship we've had with one of Turkey's tourism poster sights. Back in 2004, we did an independent trip to Ephesus, staying in the town of Selçuk for a couple of nights. Well, you don't miss the opportunity to follow the well trodden … [Read more...]

Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi, Istanbul – Turkey’s Number 1 Köfte?

Look up the English translation of the Turkish word, 'meşhur' and you'll see it means 'renowned, famous or well known.' Well, then, guess it was finally time we sampled the köfte at this 'renowned,' establishment, Filibe Köftecisi in the Sirkeci area of Istanbul. Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi, … [Read more...]

Lunching On Eel At Çeri Restaurant – Lake Bafa Nature Park

We were on a road trip around the southwest corner of Turkey. Having left the pretty town of Selçuk, we decided to head back to Fethiye via the longer route mainly because we wanted to witness Lake Bafa for ourselves. It was never going to be a long stay around the lake - just a pass by - so this … [Read more...]

Driving Southwest Turkey: A 5 Day, 4 Night Road Trip

It all got kick started with a wedding invite. We'd been talking through summer about maybe taking off for a few days at the beginning of October - some vague plans of hiring a car, taking in some archaeological sites and having a wander; a bit like our East Turkey road trip. An invite to a wedding … [Read more...]

Weekending At Full Moon Camp, Kabak – Life’s Good

Life's little traditions. For my birthday, we always go to Antalya. It's round about the same time as Runatolia so that tradition has happened by default. For Barry's birthday, it's an escape to Kabak. Only a dolmuş ride away but an amazing journey along the mountain road and a true feeling of … [Read more...]

A Walk To Gümbet From Bodrum – And Some Windmills, Too

We'd eyed the crumbling windmills that watch over the harbour and the Aegean on previous stops in Bodrum and kept saying we'd make it up there one day. Although decaying, they stand stout - a neat row along the crest of the hill. The views must be fantastic, we thought. Over the other side, the … [Read more...]

Dantel Pension, Antalya – Cosy Kaleiçi Digs

Clean room? Check. Comfy bed? Check. Decent breakfast? Check. In a good spot? Check. Great for our budget? Check. Yeah, these are all the things we look for when we're booking our digs for any little jaunt we do and Dantel Pension in Antalya's old town, Kaleiçi, ticked all of our boxes. Whenever … [Read more...]