A mother, partner, sociologist and stresshead who likes her own space, I am currently trapped in a campervan with my partner and a two year old, thoroughly enjoying the togetherness of being on the road. ;)
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  • Day637

    Misi Koyu

    September 18, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Gümüştepe or Misi Village is a quiet traditional village on the outskirts of Bursa with lots of restored (and tumble down) Ottoman style houses and an arty feel. There was a photography trail while we were there. We stayed in a wonderful 200 year old cob house called Organic Ev which had once been a cafe and art centre. The house was simple but had a lovely cosy feel to it and beautiful walnut tree in the garden and the village was amazing. It was just like you imagine a traditional Turkish village to be: a small mosque in the centre of the village with lovely melodic azan, women making pickles in the street with cauldrons, communal log piles on every street corner, an old lady next door who walked her goats through the village and up the mountain every day, and tea garden on the river. It was almost too good: it could have been the Truman Show.Read more

  • Day609

    Bodrum and Boğazicı

    August 21, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    H's cousin was visiting Dede in Boğaziçi between Bodrum and Milas. They have a villa in a lovely quiet community of mostly Turkish retiree holiday homes, with balconies with sea view, pretty gardens, hilly walks and a private seaside with jetty and calm waters where everyone swims and grandchildren play in the shallow waters. We spent some quiet days here with the family and also took the kids on a camping trip in the campervan where we we camped at Volo Camp, swam in the pool, had breakfast and dinner provided for only 70TL Pp. (Amazing! Like a proper old school Turkish Pansyion). We visited Gümüşlük and climbed the Island with Ruins of ancient Mindos; we spent a whole day on the water slides at Bodrum aqua park; and we went shopping at the mall in Ortakent.Read more

  • Day604

    Akyaka

    August 16, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Really picturesque town situated on the banks of a beautiful clear, fast flowing river full of large and small fish, and at the foot of a huge mountain range. 6TL per person boat trips ran up and down the river, Turks bathed in the freezing waters, tourists littered the fish restaurants along the waterfront and kids played in the shallow water of the sea beach. We stayed in an air bnb at the very top of the hill and relaxed for a few days. The unusual thing about the town was the uniformity of the beautiful old Ottoman style buildings with wooden veranda with ornate carved wooden ceilings. This kind of building conservation and restoration we have not seen anywhere in Turkey really, so it was quite a pleasant surprise. The town was overrun with tourists with every other building being a pansyion or hotel, and we were told that there was such demand for holiday let's and such money to be made that many residents let out their home for the summer months and were living on the local municipal campsite.Read more

  • Day603

    Datça: Mesudiye

    August 15, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Our Datça trip didn't really work out as we hoped because we totally underestimated how long the Datça peninsula is, and we didn't leave enough time. unfortunately it was also Kurban Bayram and everyone was on holiday and most campsites were full. We were expecting a quiet, sleepy, hippy place but Datça town was just like any other modern Southern Turkish town with all the main shops. The landscape was rocky and arrid and went on for miles. Mesudiye was a lovely looking holiday village in a valley with lots of pansyions on the beach. The closest thing we found to hippy. But there was nowhere with space for us and we had to do an Austin Powers style 3 point turn at a deadend street that stressed us all out. We finally found space at Akçabük Kamping which has great potential: a huge pine shaded site with interesting rocky cove, big beach restaurant, no electricity and crap shower block. We stayed for one night, went for a dip, H ate another all of another kids peanuts on the beach and we drove all the way back.Read more

  • Day602

    Sultaniye and Köyceğiz

    August 14, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    After we returned from England the bus wouldn't start and we spent the day in a hot airport car park waiting for mechanics, then the evening at the Sanayi in Ortaca while mechanics spent all evening fixing it. We finally got going and headed to a remote campsite Cemil'in Yeri Akdeniz Camping on a beautiful lake called Köyceğiz which led into the Dalyan delta. We drove through the busy, sunny town on market day, it had a nice feel about it, and skirted round the mountainous roads of the swampy lake until we arrived at the campsite, accidentally just before the rush of people arrived for the Bayram holiday. The lake was full of fish large and small, frogs and snakes. There were lots of kids and a canoe and H had days of fun jumping off the jetty and paddling in the canoe.Read more

  • Day582

    Dalyan and Kamp Lotus

    July 25, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    We were flying from Dalaman to England for my Grandmas 100th birthday so we spent a week in Dalyan at a lovely campsite in the Dalyan delta with yurts among the palm trees, a trampoline, a swimming pool, a fresh water spring and river with frogs turtles and freshwater crabs, a litter of kittens and mosquitoes. It was too hot to do anything much - we went shopping in the town but didn't go to the ruins. H got a lots of swimming practice including learning to hold his breath and sit on the bottom and played with other kids who came and went. H. Turned 4 here and we celebrated with donuts. When it was time to leave the van wouldn't start but a guy we met who was an airline pilot helped us out and we managed to get the fuel filter changed and get to the airport.Read more

  • Day578

    Kayaköy Ghost town

    July 21, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    K had very fond memories of backpacking through Oludeniz when it was just shacks on the beach but now it was full-on hotels, swimming pools, pubs and Brits abroad. We could not even get to the blue lagoon let alone park but we did marvel at determined campers pitching their tents along the central reservation on the dual carriage way on the coast road. We headed straight for Kayakoy where we found absolute sanctuary by accident in the form of Jungle Camping.Read more

  • Day575

    Saklikent gorge and Gizlikent waterfall

    July 18, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    K had been to Saklikent gorge many times before when the experience was less touristy. Now it cost money to enter through the turnstiles and walk up the gorge through the river. Before you enter the gorge garden restaurants line the road approaching with seating areas and hammocks which hang over the river and ducks paddle by. The initial part of the river is very fast flowing and difficult to cross and a rope is fixed across so you can hang on and pull yourself across. The water was freezing and the huge rocky canyon was in shade. We spent several hours wading through the shallow waters, up stream, in water shoes (essential), stopping to bathe in the famous mud deposits which collects in pockets or pools along the banks. We nicknamed Saklikent gorge 'valley of the lost shoes' because so many people had broken a flip flop or a sandal that it was a regular occurrence to see a lonely shoe lodged on the banks or floating by. Unfortunately H got cold and we didn't have a change of clothes so we turned back. As we were leaving we saw a sign for Gizlikent waterfall and we jumped in the bus and drove there. Gizlikent was an amazing trek up a lush green river valley to reach a beautiful waterfall at the end. Well worth it. Don't do it in a Gstring. You look like a twat.Read more

  • Day567

    Limyra Ancient City

    July 10, 2019 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    K exclaimed: 'two of my favourite things: ruins and freshwater' as we saw on the internet photographs of people wading through the river that seems to flow through the ruins of Limyra. Indeed, we drove through the flat nondescript villages of polytunnels and farming shops, catching a glimpse of some picnicers by the crystal clear babbling stream near the archaeological site. We showed our museum cards and pulled on our water shoes and entered the gate of the site. It was really magical to see this clear fast flowing stream bursting through the ancient city gates, through the steps and down the old road, where you could paddle across to see the relics on the other side of the bank. H loved it and refused to leave the water despite the fact it was freezing. Young men played dive bomb in the deeper waters downstream, Goats wandered amongst the ruins and came to waters edge to drink. Just how ruins should be.Read more

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