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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 …

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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 …

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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 now, we’ve found a great …

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Why The City Of Izmir Should Be Added To Your Travel Itinerary

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 …

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

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 …

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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 – …

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Why Was I The Only Person Inside Izmir Agora?

Sat at the foot of Kadifekale, sandwiched between the hillside and the streets of Kemeraltı is the ancient Izmir agora. When we wrote about the Lycian and Roman ruins of Xanthos, we said that around many of Turkey’s archaeological sites, modern daily life continues. Nowhere is this more evident than at Izmir agora. Izmir’s Ancient Agora Here …

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A Piece Of Historic Izmir: Kızlarağası Hanı

This time last week, we were telling you about how we got ourselves happily lost in the warren of streets that is Izmir’s Kemeraltı. Many of the streets are covered with mesh and vines to keep them shaded, so it’s even more difficult to get your bearings because, at times, you can’t see any of …

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