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 … [Read more...]

Izmir – Turkey’s Windy City

As time goes on and we look back on our few days in Izmir, many different aspects of the city are going to lodge themselves in our memories. But there is one overriding aspect that is going to be at the forefront of our minds and will come blurting out whenever someone asks us about September in … [Read more...]

Turkish Street Food – We’ve Discovered Izmir Söğüş And It’s A Winner!

Exploration of a new city on foot is our preferred mode of transport - if the city lends itself to it, that is. Izmir is perfect for wandering around as most of the areas we want to see are relatively close together, centred around the coast and, therefore, it's flat. So, we've walked with … [Read more...]

Bodrum Peninsula: Onwards To Turgutreis – A Photo Story

In our previous post, we were losing ourselves in the forest of traditional Turkish gülets that were crowded into the boatyard in İçmeler. Once the meeting was over between our friends and their potential future employer, it was onwards to the small town of Türgutreis on the opposite side of the … [Read more...]

Bodrum Peninsula: The Alice In Wonderland World Of İçmeler Boatyard

Mention İçmeler to those who know Turkey and the first place that will come to the mind of many is the small, popular resort town, lying on the Southwest Turkish coast, just south of Marmaris. However, when we took a day trip from Fethiye with friends back in March 2010, we were soon to find out … [Read more...]

Datça Peninsula: Palamutbükü 8 Years On

A little over 8 years ago, we were taken on a road trip to the Datça Peninsula for a short break with friends. It was November and Datça was deserted and beautiful. Just about everywhere we visited was closed up for the winter months, but we didn't mind as we were there to chill out for a few days … [Read more...]

Our Olive Haul On The Datça Peninsula

"Okay, let's go to the grove and pick up the olives," our friend's dad said, grinning. Our friend rolled her eyes - this is all old hat to her - and asked us if we wanted to go and help harvest the olives (she quite clearly didn't). Of course we wanted to go and help get the olives. We were dying … [Read more...]

Datça Peninsula – Exploring Knidos

When a friend asked us if we fancied a weekend on the Datça Peninsula a couple of weeks back, we jumped at the chance, especially when they mentioned the promise of seeing Knidos... After our long weekend in Istanbul in October, we thought our 2011 travels in Turkey were through. Datça was to be … [Read more...]

Our Datça Holiday – The Village of Yazıköy

The Datça Peninsula; wild, windy and just stunningly beautiful. That's the impression we came back to Fethiye with last Monday after spending the weekend there with friends. It had been 8 years since we were last on this amazing stretch of land that juts out into the Mediterranean/Aegean Sea and, … [Read more...]

Fethiye, Fethiye…wherefore art thou, Fethiye? One Of Life’s Ponders…

I've been pondering this one for a few years so maybe someone could help me out in my ponderings. And here is my ponder...how do you define boundaries in a great big body of water? Where is the exact point where one sea or ocean stops and another one starts? More specifically, where does the … [Read more...]