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...]

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...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

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 - and we … [Read more...]

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 yesterday. … [Read more...]

Izmir – A Circular Coastal Stroll & Sail Of The City

We're very fortunate that travelling on a budget is made much easier for us by the fact that we both love to walk. In Izmir, apart from catching a local bus from the otogar into Alsancak, we walked everywhere. Sitting on the Aegean Sea, Izmir's a breezy city, so late summer ambles (we were there at … [Read more...]