Friday, 17 January 2014

Our Turkey Trip

Just a little bit about our trip to Turkey. It was actually a birthday present from my daughter, we had a wonderful time, each day was very full and our guide was knowledgeable and interesting. Neither of us had any experience of this sort of trip before so we didn't know what to expect. Our days started at 7am with a hotel call and we had breakfast and were on the road by 8.30.
This was the view of the Torus mountains from the bedroom at one of our hotels!

Our base was just outside Antalya and from there we drove along the coast to Myra to visit an ancient Greek Theatre and cliff graves, these mausaleums were extraordinary and looked more like temples than graves...!!!

From Lycia on another day we took a boat trip to Iztuzu beach a nature reserve, this is one of the few places the Loggerhead turtles lay their eggs in the sand all these were gone of course when we visited or we would not have been allowed on the beach but we did get to see a baby Loggerhead which was swimming among the reeds as the boat slipped past.
Our next trip was to Ephesus one of the most important archeological sites in Turkey, there was so much to see here but the Celsus library was really amazing.
I have waited for years to see the limestone terraces at Pamukkale and they are magnificent, their dazzling whiteness highlighted by the turquoise water of the hot springs within them. Later at the hotel we were able to bathe in the thermal waters.
There were many other highlights to our trip, including a trip to a very ancient mosque, I had hoped we would visit one. 
The hotels were very nice ( although in a couple of them the beds needed to have new matresses as the springs left a lot to be desired but everything was very clean and the food was delicious.
Hope you enjoy the pictures!


Anonymous said...

Lovely photo's Jackie :)

Shaiha said...

What a trip of a lifetime. Great pics!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

What a beautiful country, Jackie! It must be so filled with ancient wonders... those mausoleums are just stunning!

Glad you enjoyed you trip :)