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  • Day10

    Izmir, Turkey

    June 13, 2018 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    The short crossing from Mytilene, Lesbos, Greece to Ayvalik, Turkey took only 1.5 hours and it was a beautiful warm sunny early evening for the sailing. On arrival at Passport Control in Turkey however I was advised I had to pay 25 Euros for a Visa. ‘Now you can be in Turkey for 3 months’ an Immigration Official told me, even although I had already told him I would only be here for 3 days. ‘Yes, that’s correct, 3 months’ he insisted.

    I was a bit panicky that with the later crossing, it might be hard to get to my next destination, Izmir, by public transport, and I knew there was no rail connection. I caught a local bus to the bus station just in time to catch the 20.15 express coach to Izmir. This turned out to be quite the luxury coach with reclining seats, airline-style at-seat video screens, and complimentary refreshments on the 2.5 hour trip. And all this for the princely sum of £4.90. It was just like the Megabus Gold to Aberdeen (minus the tablet). Izmir is a huge city of 3 million inhabitants, and the Coach Station was somewhere on the outskirts. I was about to take a taxi but the helpful transport officer told me there was a free connection to the old town, some distance away, and I was even dropped off right at my hotel.

    Given the excellent value in Turkey, I had decided to splash out on the 5 star Renaissance Hotel Izmir. It is one of the best hotels I have stayed in. My room was almost a suite with separate bathroom and shower rooms - a far cry from my cell at the Clink in London. I chilled out with a glass of Merlot on the rooftop bar surrounded by the lights of the city. The breakfast was terrific, 2nd only to the Intercontinental Hotel in Singapore (courtesy of Mr Super Kenny tours!).

    In spite of my late night, I got up early to explore some of the sights of the old city, all within walking distance of the hotel. The impressive Smyrna Agora from Roman times; the old Bazaar selling everything from fruit, veg, fish and meat (including pigs trotters - sorry, Betty) to costumes which would look great in Aladdin; and the elegant Clock Tower, emblem of the city.

    Back at the hotel, there was time for a rejuvenating swim in the pool before heading off, all to soon, to catch the train to Bandirma port. Izmir surprised and is well worth a visit.
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  • Day3

    1. Tag in der Türkei

    June 7 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Nach dem Ausschlafen wurde die Hotelanlage im hellen vom Balkon aus bestaunt und es ging zum Frühstücksbuffet.
    Willi, Eddi und Papa fanden sofort "Pankekese" und Crepes während Mama das herzhafte genoss.

    All inclusive fetzt.
    Nachmittagswaffel mit Banane Eis und Schokosoße - Eddi schmeckt es und Willi schläft
    Strand war erst am späten Nachmittag möglich bei 35. Grade wurde ein Burggraben gebaut.
    Wellenspringen war auch noch dran.

    Abend gab es nachdem Herzhaften ein riesiges Disney Kinderbuffet und eine kleine Muskishow

    Deutlich angenehmer als der Anreisetag
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  • Day5

    Pfingstsonntag bei 35 Grad

    June 9 in Turkey ⋅ 🌬 31 °C

    Das Volleyballspielen und Burgbauen fiel leider auf Grund zu spätem Eintreffen am Strand und damit verbundenen heißen Temperaturen der Hitze zum Opfer. Mittagsschlaf im Schatten war nach einem kurzen Bad die einzige Option.
    Direkt nach dem Aufstehen erstmal ein Eis dachte sich Eddi.

    Nachmittags ging es Rutschen und weiter Schwimmen lernen.

    Am Pool gab es heute geschälte Äpfel mit Zimt 😋
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  • Day4

    Kulinarische Köstlichkeiten

    June 8 in Turkey ⋅ 🌬 30 °C

    Ein Tag beschrieben aus Nahrungssicht 😂🍓

    Typisches Frühstück mit Pancakes, Crepes und einer herzhaften Mama 😁

    Zum Mittag einheimische Türkisches Sandwich, Salat und Folienkartoffel aufgepeppt mit Salat.

    Nachmittags leckere Waffelkreationen mit Eis.

    Beim Abendbrot gab es von frisch gegrillten Hähnchen und türkischen Kebab-Varianten, Suhsi, Kroketten, Ente, Salate und Kartoffeln alles was das Herz begehrte.
    Der Nachtisch stand in nix nach mit dem so mäßig schmeckenden Highlight "frittierte Ice Cream" .

    Zum Glück ist nur das Gepäck und nicht das Körpergewicht begrenzt 😅
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  • Day4


    June 8 in Turkey ⋅ 🌬 30 °C

    Zwischen dem ganzen Essen erkundeten wir heute mal den wirklich riesigen Pool.

    So in etwa sah unser Tag aus.

    Eddi übte springen vom Rand und Willi versucht sich mehr und mehr im Schwimmen.
    Einmal den ganzen Pool hin und zurück waren wir zu viert ca 15 Min unterwegs 😳😂🏊‍♀️

    Abends gab es noch "Mongolian Acrobatics" als wirklich beeindruckendes Highlight. 🤸🏼‍♂️
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  • Day8


    May 17, 2015 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Kusadasi! First up we had a guided tour of the Emphasis and Terrace Houses followed by a trip to where they make hand made rugs. We were taught how the rugs were made and how they get the silk. After that we were dropped off near the ship where we did a little bit of shopping followed by dinner at a local restaurant - we ended up with a platter to share and it was pretty tasty!Read more

  • Day5

    Ephesus, Second City of the Roman Empire

    November 9, 2013 in Turkey ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    Although Kusadasi is the gateway to Ephesus, it is a charming city in its own right. Our guide, Ergin, was a bit older than our other guides, but he was fantastic--well informed, competent, and with a dry sense of humor. Ephesus was the second city of the Roman Empire, a major port until it was silted up in the fourth century. Failure to drain the increasing swamps resulted in mosquitoes that caused epidemics. By the fifth century the city was abandoned. It was a major center of the Christian Church. We saw the tomb of St. John. In medieval times there had been a basilica constructed over the site. Now it is a simple tomb in the ground. The library of Celsus is magnificent even in its ruined state. What is reputed to be the house of the Virgin Mary is the site of Roman Catholic pilgrimage. Only one column remains of the Temple of Diana. We had an excellent five-course Turkish lunch, complete with folkloric dancers. After lunch we went to a carpet cooperative, but, of course, with our acquaintance with the Capels, had already learned enough to buy the carpets we need.Read more

  • Day22

    Day 19 Biblelands trip

    October 2 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Day 19
    Kusadasi means Bird Island.. Our hotel overlooked this little island This is the site of ancient Ephesus, an area famed for its peaches, pomegranates and figs. Samos is the closest Greek island to Turkey,about 1.5km from the coast. We sampled the local baklava, apple tea and Turkish coffee 😊

    Rev 2 "To the angel of the church at EPHESUS write..I know that you have persevered and endured hardships.. and not grown weary.. But you have forsaken the love you had at first.. Repent."

    There were 4 different Ephesus in the one city, over the centuries. We started with St John's Basilica in the 4th Ephesus, built in the 6th century AD.(John lived in the 3rd Ephesus and some believe he was buried here, so of course they built a church !)From here we can see the Temple of Artemis .'Great is Diana of the Ephesians!'and the 3rd Ephesus from Paul's time, which we explored next.. walking from the upper gate all through the city to the lower gate. This was largely destroyed in an earthquake which is why they moved to the site up the hill, the 4th City. Of particular interest was the theatre where Paul would've preached (24,000 capacity!!)and the Agora where Demetrius the silversmith would've had his shop
    After lunch we visited a traditional Turkish rug making shop, before heading to Izmir (ancient Smyrna)

    "To the angel of the church at SMYRNA write..I know your afflictions and poverty. Yet you are rich.. Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer.. Be faithful..and I will give you life.."

    We visited the old Agora, which is all that is left from Bible times after the modern city was built on top.
    The afternoon was spent sipping a local rosé with special friends sitting on the coast of the Aegean Sea ❤️
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  • Day1


    March 28 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Unsere Reise beginnt hier, Nähe derTeos Marina und Seferihisar.

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