Archives for category: Turkey 2016

 

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Hello friends, it’s been a while.

I feel like 2016 deserves a quick ‘year in review’ post, which I actually haven’t done since 2014.

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The day consisted of: delicious breakfast, exploring ruins, shopping, beach, ice cream, shopping, grilled fish dinner. So a pretty typical Thursday (jk).

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Saklikent Canyon

Saklikent Canyon

We had an excellent day of adventure. Starting with a beautiful breakfast at the house, we headed to the Tlos ruins near Fethiye then cooled off in the cold waters of a deep canyon.

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Oludeniz lagoon // Fethiye

Today we went to the famous Ölüdeniz lagoon, which according to all the guidebooks and travel websites, is a beautiful place to see. We were markedly underwhelmed. It’s a murky pond lagoon that had me concerned for our health after swimming in it, with private beach clubs vying for your money. We spent only about 20 minute here, 10 of which were spent showering off the questionable water.

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 We slept in a little later today because we were so tired from the hiking yesterday I think. We went for a morning swim and then ate a nice breakfast before our plans for the day got derailed…

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So, remember how I mentioned yesterday that this village we are staying in is pretty rural? Well, we woke up this morning without water or electricity. Typically the water is solar heated (meaning cold showers before 12pm). This is our second time without power since we arrived but the lack of water was far more concerning.

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One of the few things we did not do on our last trip that Onur really wanted to do was go on a boat tour. We finally made that happen and I’m so glad we did, it has been my favorite part of the trip so far!

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Sunrise // Cirali, Turkey

We started the day around 5:30am (still feeling a little jet-lagged) to get photos and swim right at sunrise. It was a long day, doing most all of the sights in and around Antalya. It was fun but exhausting. Lots of pictures below..

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DSC_0544Yesterday we were up early to fly to Antalya, where we rented a car and drove to Çıralı, a place well off the beaten path in the jungle. We found this place on our last trip and it is completely perfect. There are no real hotels here, just cabins, pansiyons, and tents for rent. I am pretty sure no bus could navigate these roads, which is great because it keeps the numbers of tourists down.
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Süleymaniye Camii // Istanbul

Today’s word of the day was jet lag. Onur and I went to bed around 10:30pm local time and were wide awake at 2:30am and unable to sleep again, so we worked on email and a coding project until breakfast was served at 7am. The hotel serves a very nice kahvaltı (breakfast) which helped fuel our whirlwind day of sightseeing (Mom posted about breakfast and sightseeing here). We were so efficient in our route planning and time management that we saw all the sights in less than 12 hours, so I’m glad we decided to spend only one full day here.  Read the rest of this entry »