Sumi Hollingworth

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. ;)
Living in: Morocco
  • Day637

    Misi Koyu

    September 18 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

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  • Day609

    Bodrum and Boğazicı

    August 21 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 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 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 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 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 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

  • Day559

    Çiralı

    July 2 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We had planned to meet friends in Çiralı which is a village off Olimpos beach. We had booked a chalet bungalow with a shared pool in an orange grove (Arcadia Villas). Chickens and roosters roamed the grounds and the air conditioning beckoned us in. The place was beautiful: amazing beach, cute hippy sleepy village, lovely villas in lovely grounds. Expensive though compared to what it used to be like in these areas... We spent the days in the pool, at the beach and BBQing. The boys climbed the mountain to see the Chimera: the eternal flames burning out of the mountain. H had a great time with his friend and both much improved their swimming. We were sad to say goodbye and skipping Olimpos we spent the night as 222 camping in the valley and headed west. Olimpos used to be a remote beach where backpackers stayed in tree-house pansyions and slept on the beach amidst the ruins (K and I had been together 5 years before) but now we heard it had a tarmac road and we didn't expect it to be the same.Read more

  • Day556

    Sapadere Canyon

    June 29 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    After finding an upmarket campsite on the beach on the outskirts of Mersin - Alcakil Kamping, we rested for a bit and got sunburnt. We then headed the amazing windy mountainous coast road between Mersin and Alanya, with mile after mile of banana plantations, something we didn't expect in Turkey. We absolutely loved a coastal village on the way called Soğuksu (cold water) where a beautiful turquoise river flowed out into the deep blue sea. We were headed to Sapadere Canyon, a beautiful river canyon with waterfalls and and natural swimming pools. We ate lunch and walked the dubiously rickety wooden walkway through the canyon to the waterfall at the top. Most of the pools where signs indicated you could swim were so deep we dare not risk it with H but we all took a dip in the freezing cold blue green pools towards the bottom where the water was shallower and more still. There were actually quite a lot of tourists here so we moved on. We loved some of the farmland in the valley here.Read more

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