Side, Turkey, 2013

P1000591 In October 2013 we spent a week with our friends Mark and Marion at their apartment in Side, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Mark and Marion have a lovely, comfortable, 4 bedrooms apartment with sea views. We enjoyed some beautiful sunsets from the balcony and the mountains behind the sea were the perfect frame to this gorgeous view. The enormous Turkish flag which flew as a giant landmark over the centre of town was also a constant reminder that we were in a foreign country. Our hosts made us Turkish breakfast on the balcony and we spent some lovely lazy mornings enjoying the sun as it warmed up through the morning. The coast in Side is very beautiful, with sand and a turquoise blue sea, but also rugged rocks in places. We visited the old town of Side, where the Roman influence is very clear, there are ruins everywhere in Old Side, a very obvious reminder of what an important Roman city this was a couple of millennia ago. P1000517

There were also party boats around for the tourists offering a day of boozing and partying on a pirate look-a-like ship. As well as it’s historic ruins, Side has a very well developed beach holiday resort with the beach to the West of the city lined with large hotels, and even though we were there almost at the end of the season, it was still lively. We visited many of the old ruins left by the Romans.

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Mark and Marion have had this apartment in Turkey for about 6 years and therefore have met and befriended some expat’s who have had enough of the bad British weather and long winters and moved to a more Mediterranean way of life. We met up with some of their friends at a very picturesque, family run restaurant by a lake, where we enjoyed smoked fish and other lovely Turkish culinary delights. It had great views of the lake and mountains.

DSC00166   Our hosts were great at showing us around and we did different things every day and explored a new area, always finding places that we would not otherwise see without some local knowledge.

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The river dam, was also another very scenic place.

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We also visited the fabulous Perge Ruins (Archaeological Site), about 17 Km from Antalya. Unlike on my recent visit to Rome, the ruins here are really accessible, you can get right up to and even walk over the ancient stones and wonder at the lives of the original builders and inhabitants.

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And we by chance managed to rescue a little tortoise that fell into the ruins and got caught in a difficult place to get out off.

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As well as exploring new places we did have some lazy days at the local beach,where our friends know a lovely restaurant, at which we could rent out some sun loungers and spend a few hours sunbathing, reading, chatting, going for strolls along the beach and also eating our lunch there.

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One day Brian and Mark decided to go for a haircut, but if Brian  knew what was to come, he might just have waited until he got home!

So the boys had a pampering session (or more like a torture session), when they decided to go for a shave and a hair cut. They got a little bit more than they bargained for, when they were waxed in places that they did not expect.

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Marion and I had fun watching them suffer whilst we had a lovely cup of Turkish tea. Here the boys trying to look happy after being waxed within a inch of their lives, posing with the perpetrator of their torture session, but looking clean and fresh like never before. (Although a little sore and tender in places!)

The food in Turkey was delicious, I especially loved the Turkish flat bread, served with dips before the meal.

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The sunsets were amazing and we had lovely cocktails at the “Sunset Bar” one evening, before going for another gastronomic extravaganza.

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Our main reason to visit Side in Turkey was to spend time with our friends, but it is well known that Turkey is also a great holiday destination, with natural beauty, friendly people, historic sites and culture, and great food.

The weather was also fabulous, a little windy the first few days but always gloriously sunny and bright, helping us to brace ourselves for the long and dismal English Winter ahead.

We loved exploring this little corner of Turkey with our friends and will definitely like to spend more time in this diverse country and to explore it further in the future.

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2 Comments »

  1. Oh Turkey! About 6 years ago we had an extraordinary cycling trip in Turkey. Some of the guys had a similar ‘pampering’ session. Dave managed to decline the experience. I feel so badly for the people of Turkey now and all the unrest. I hope your friends are doing all right.

  2. Hi Sue, how lovely to find your comment here on my trip to Side. Our friends still have an apartment there, although they live in England, they often invite us to visit again. I would love to visit Turkey again and go to Istanbul and Capadocia, but with all the recent unrest there it does make me nervous about going. Sue, just to let you know I have moved my blog to http://www.travellerinterrupted.org since I wanted to self host. Thank you so much for commenting I really appreciate xx

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