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...]

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...]

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...]

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 former … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 old town, 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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]