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GETAWAY IS THE NAME OF THE AUSTRALIAN TRAVEL SHOW I WATCH

On one such occasion, one of the presenters was in GOREME, in the Cappadocia area of Turkey.
I watched and listened, I marvelled at the funny chimney homes, the Churches, the scenery was incredible to my eyes, and I knew, that this area was on my wish list to see before I died!

So as it happened, I didn't have to wait too long to do this journey.

It was May 18th, 2009, that my Plane landed in ISTANBUL, and this is where my sightseeing began.

May 18th............
A Taxi took me from the Airport to my Hotel which was near the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. I checked in, then went for a wander, as I needed to book my Bus for the next day to take me to CANAKKALE.

May 19th.......
I was picked up by a "crazy' shuttle bus driver and taken to the biggest Bus Terminal I have ever seen! The Bus was very smart, spotless, and had a very smartly dressed Steward who served Cakes and drinks on the journey.
I enjoyed the journey and crossing of the Dardenelle straits to Canakkale

May 20th......
I am on an organized tour of GALLIPOLI.
This was excellent, and a really interesting day. To top it off, crossing on the Ferry back, a convoy of Naval ships and Submarine's passed by the Ferry.

May 21st.....
On another Bus, and what wonderful sea and mountain views as we headed out of Canakkale. After a 6hour journey, we reached Izmir, where I hopped onto a mini-bus to take me to SELCUK.
Here my Hotel room had a balcony where I enjoyed sitting and watching the Stork's nesting nearby.

May 22nd...........
Another Bus trip, and this one was to PAMUKKALE. I really thought the calcium terraces were beautiful, had never seen anything like it before. Roman ruins of Hierapolis are on site, so I walked and walked, thinking of the Roman Chariot's that would have been on this very same street back in 17 AD. Wow!!!

May 23rd............
Markets at Selcuk where I could buy just about anything....they were huge!!!
It was also the day that I enjoyed all the sights in Secuk. In the afternoon, I went to EPHESUS and really enjoyed this too!

May 24th......
And it was time to move. The Hotel held my baggage while I caught a Dolmus to the seaside town of KUSADASI. A large cruise ship was in Port. On returning, it was time to catch my next Bus to BODRUM. After booking in, time for a walk to check out the surroundings.

May 25th.....
Oh dear! Plans for the day in chaos as the Castle is closed! What to do? Well, I caught a Dolmus to Turtgutreis. This was a lovely drive, and Turtgutreis was nice as well. I believe it is very busy in 'high' season, but was very quiet whilst I was there.
Next, I caught a Dolmus to Yalikavak, not much to see here, but a nice drive, and we did pass by some interesting Windmills. After that, I explored Bodrum, and this completed another day.

May 26th.......
Another change of plans........ I booked myself on the Ferry to the Greek Island of KOS.
Once reaching Kos, I joined a tour group, I was so glad I did as I saw spectacular scenery, and the most beautiful, little Greek Chapel. This was an excellent day, would have liked more time in Kos.

May 27th....
Moving onto MARMARIS
This is where the English people like to come for holidays. I liked the old part of Marmaris, but as for the rest, it was full of holiday units, not for me.

May 28th....
Today I am going to RHODES via the "slow' ferry.

Sunday 31st May.....
And I catch the ferry from Rhodes back to Marmaris, Turkey.
To fill in time, I walked the lovely, long Esplanade which was very popular with people, then caught the Dolmus to ICMELER.
Icmeler, I thought was very nice, although I wouldn't want to be here in peak season!

Monday, June 1st........
I head to the harbour and onto a Boat that is taking me to DALYAN. For me, this nice day was ruined a bit, because of the terribly, loud dance music that I couldn't get away from, and I wasn't the only one who wanted a bit of "peace!"
By the time we reached Turtle Beach, I had a thumping headache, so just spent my time sitting in the shade on the beach.
Later on, a smaller Boat took us through the reeds, it was here I could see the Caunos King's Tombs in the cliffs, I thought these were very impressive!
Our last stop was at the Mud Baths, I have never seen so many, happy, dirty, people! Our guide was nice, and he stopped for ages infront of the Tombs so we could all get good photo's.

June 2nd,.....
I caught the bus to DACTA. This is only a small, seaside town, but the journey there has some incredible scenery. After returning from here, it was time to move onto Bodrum once again.

June 3rd.....
I took a flight from Bodrum back to Istanbul, and then from Istanbul to Kayseri. Views were nice, and then you ought have heard the ooh's and ahh's from the passenger's in the Minibus when they spotted their first Fairy Chimney's. I was dropped off at my Hotel in GOREME.

June 4th.....
Breakfast, and what a view I had from the Hotel's terrace. Wonderful! The walk to Pigeon valley began by my Hotel, so I did that walk, and many, many others today.

June 5th.....
Up very early to walk to Panorama lookout. What a great view I had from here of all the Balloons, some were up, some were getting ready, in total, I counted 33. Lots more walking today.

June 6th.....
A tour to the Ihlara Valley. This was an excellent day, full of outstanding attractions! I went to the Derinkuyu Underground City and the Selime Monastery just to name a couple of places.

June 7th.....
Time to leave Goreme and the Cappadocia area.

I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED AND WOULD LOVE TO RETURN TO EXPLORE MORE OF THIS DIFFERENT LANDSCAPE

A short flight back to Istanbul and staying at the Cem Sultan Hotel. I read reviews, they were mainly good, how, I don't know, as I would NEVER RECOMMEND THIS HOTEL.
As it was Sunday, there were lots of people by the seaside, fishing, swimming and generally enjoying themselves. The Gulhane Park was lovely, and had a large display of Roses in bloom.

June 8th.....
Today I went to the Egyptian Bazaar and wandered around Istanbul

June 9th ......
I caught the Train to Dolmbache Palace. This was a beautiful Palace and gardens, what I was disappointed about, was NO PHOTO's were allowed. It was a stunning Palace!
I then walked to Yildiz park and the Palace there, this was nice as well, but not on the same scale as Dolmbache Palace.
Taksim Square, and then a walk down Istiklal Caddesi amongst probably a 1000 other people, I have never been in such a busy street!
At the bottom, I went up the Galata Tower, well worth doing for the
marvellous views over Istanbul.

June 10th.....
Today I caught a local Bus to go and see Eyup Mosque. On the way, I stopped at the Valens Aqueduct, had a look at Fatih Mosque, saw the Fener Boys High School, enjoyed a colossal market and a Orthodox Church that was hidden away. I saw the Metal church, and I caught the Gondola up to Pierre Loti Cafe where the views were fantastic!
At Eyup Mosque, I sat and people watched, this is a great place to see the little boys in their circumcision outfits. The parent's are so proud of them, and the boy's look great in their smart outfits.

June 11th.....
Today I caught the local ferry for the cruise up the Bosphorus. This cruise was very popular, and packed to the limit. I had a really enjoyable time.

June 12th .....
Today, I visited Topkapi Palace which I thought was excellent. I then caught a ferry to the Rahmi Koc Museum, another excellent museum.

June 13th......
Hagia Sophia....amazing! The Blue Mosque, good, perhaps overated? there really are lots of beautiful Mosque's in Istanbul.
The Yerebatan Underground cistern was interesting and different. Today, I went to the Grand Bazaar, I loved wandering around, but beware, it is not cheap, know your prices before buying!

June 14th......
And I had a full, enjoyable day at the Prince's Islands.

June 15th........My last day, and time to buy those souvenirs that I had seen cheap earlier.
The Airport shuttle picked me up on time, and it was time to say good-bye to Istanbul and Turkey, what a wonderful time I had here!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Has a little bit of everything
  • Cons:Carpet shops!
  • In a nutshell:A country well worth paying a visit to
  • Last visit to Turkey: Jun 2009
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2011 at 7:03 PM

    Hi Dee, my journey to Turkey began some years ago,when my parents were stationed in Ankara. I set aside 3 weeks to explore several parts of this country and I have to say it was one of the most fascinating vacations I've ever had....the history (greek, roman, islamic) the architecture was especially interesting to me. Like you I was just taken by seeing the rock churches. I'll have to try to scan some of my old pictures of Turkey, they were done on a film camera, soo,,..

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2009 at 1:42 AM

    Hi Dee, Tell me when you complete these tips as Turkey is on my "Must See" list.

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