Turkey 1999~part 3 ~ out and about

To finish up my trip to Turkey, this is a post about other excursions and activities. On our 3 day tour inland we visited the Mevievi Museum in Konya. The Mevievi is a sufi order from which the famous Whirling Dervishes come, but there were no whirlings going on when we were there.

We also got taken to see silk making and weaving

Then they tried to sell us rugs 🙂

We also visited a pottery

and we saw camels..

When we got back from our trip inland, we also organised a white water rafting day with a couple of holiday friends we made. The holiday reps also were organising this but it was cheaper to organise ourselves with the local excursion touts. It was quite different. The other people on holiday got picked up from the hotel in a nice air-con coach and off they went. We got picked up in a tatty old 4 x 4, taken to a families farm, and then put in a tractor with 2 young lads and some lifejackets and a dinghy and hauled up to the river. We got our life jackets on, got in the dinghy, were given oars and then the lads pushed off and off we went. The young lads shouting instructions to us and hooting and laughing as we went past the posh lot who were sitting in their dinghies with an instructor, being shown how to put on their life jackets and going through the safety measures of what to do if they capsized etc. None of that rubbish for our lads, they were brilliant, and obviously born to it. I think this is one of the best things I ever did and I loved it. After, they took us back to the farm where their Mum had laid on a great buffet of local food, it was delicious.

We also had some good nights out…

wish I could remember the names of our pals 😦

these all taken around the pool of our hotel where entertainment was on most nights

we ventured out to a local restaurant where there was more entertainment..

our pals

Ben and Matthew had a great time in the pool

and I’m finishing up with the boys messing about in the apartment we had

Matthew, Ben and Magic Mouse

Gaz & Ben doing ‘The British Bulldog’ pose (it was a thing back then..)

and goodnight all.

It was a really fab holiday, and the people of Turkey were lovely, all the hotel staff looked after us well, in particular the bar staff, 4 lovely guys, really took to Ben & Matthew, even took them out clubbing with them one night, that wouldn’t happen in the times we now live in! I gave my camera to anyone available to take a photo of us with it, even the Dad of the rafters, great stuff! Good times and it’s been fun remembering them.

Turkey 1999~part 2~Cappadocia

In the middle of our holiday we took a 3 day coach tour into central Anatolia,especially Cappadocia. The coach broke down along the way 😀

but they got it fixed and off we went. We visited the Goreme National Rock Park, which has amazing topography, and underground cities largely used by early Christians as hiding places before Christianity became an accepted religion. The underground cities have vast defence networks of traps throughout their many levels. These traps are very creative, including such devices as large round stones to block doors and holes in the ceiling through which the defenders may drop spears.

The tour guy put all on the coach trip together for a photo, and we all got a copy.

We 4 were kind of ‘the poor relations’ on the trip, we were on a tight budget and our fellow tourists were not so much. We had packed lunches whilst everyone else had paid extra to go into the restaurant at lunch time for a slap up meal. It was really embarrassing sitting outside eating our spam sandwiches! We also hadn’t thought it would be a colder climate inland, so didn’t have any other clothes than shorts and T-shirts and were often shivering! Them we’rt days!! I’m a no less than 4 star hotel kind of girl now for sure!
One of my best memories of the trip though was that we stayed a night in what looked like a palace in the middle of nowhere, it was really ornate & lush. All the other tourists were off out on a night out with a dinner, dancing and smashing plates kind of bit, but we couldn’t afford that so we went down to the huge and sumptuous TV room of the hotel, and watched Manchester United beat Bayern Munich and become European champions. Waiters in black suits with white tea towels over their arms stood ready at all times to fetch our drinks. A lovely couple from Yorkshire had also stayed behind (they were Man.Utd fans) and we had a great night in being treated like royalty!

Anyways, back to the pictures 😀

The rocks of Cappadocia near Göreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. People of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out houses, churches and monasteries from the soft rocks of volcanic deposits. Göreme became a monastic centre in 300–1200 AD.

The first period of settlement in Göreme goes back to the Roman period. The Yusuf Koç, Ortahane, Durmus Kadir and Bezirhane churches in Göreme, and houses and churches carved into rocks in the Uzundere, Bağıldere and Zemi Valleys all illustrate history and can be seen today. The Göreme Open Air Museum is the most visited site of the monastic communities in Cappadocia and is one of the most famous sites in central Turkey. The complex contains more than 30 carved-from-rock churches and chapels, some having superb frescoes inside, dating from the 9th century to the 11th century. Unfortunately we were not to take photo’s inside the churches as it’s dark, you need flash and that damages the murals. 😦

Us lot at the entrance to one of the churches. I don’t know what was going on with my hair this holiday!!

Gaz,Ben & Mat in the landscape.

Mat & me inside one of the rock houses

rock houses

Fairy Chimneys


I found out later the people who live here expect you to give them some money if you want to take their picture, but I didn’t realise that so I think that’s why this lady looks grumpy.

Flowers, I think Irises growing at the base of some of the chimneys

And a great view to finish off with.

Turkey 1999~part 1~Side

In 1999, I went to Side in Turkey,with Ben, his pal Matthew and our pal Gaz. Side is a small resort town on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast. An ancient port city, the village today is known for its long beaches and ruins. And blimey were there ruins. Walking along the coast there were bits of Roman buildings just lying about the place, and parts of buildings and temples still standing. Side is pronounced ‘see-day’ by the way. I still must have had the same camera I had when I went to Wales, as I’ve got some panoramas from this adventure.

There is a wonderful 2nd century amphitheatre

you can just see me at the right of the photo leaning on a fence.

The temple of Apollo

and the temple at night

Camels were resting amongst the ruins

and I had my photo taken with their owner 🙂

More ruins

A rugged coastline with turquoise sea

Side at night, view from our balcony.

As well as exploring Side, we went on a white water rafting expedition, and a 3 day coach tour inland to t he amazing Cappadocia, but I’ll leave them for another time 🙂