Category Archives: Turkey 4/09

and we are back!

Just a quick note that we had a smooth flight back and enjoyed our first night back in our own beds. This post will self destruct after I had time to post the last 2 entries of our Turkey trip.

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Airport Love

On our way back to Turin, at the Izmir Airport, Julius fell in love with this very cute Turkish-German girl, who he quickly called his ‘girlfriend’ (but he never even asked for her name) They met each other at check … Continue reading

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Exploring the endless bazaar of Kemeraltı

This morning we had to leave our nice (albeit loud) hotel in Alacatı (after J and I took one last dip in the warm water thermal pool) and we drove back to Izmir to finally get some shopping / bazaar … Continue reading

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More beach fun (video)

Julius started the day early by clearly stating he wants to go to the beach … so, we let mama sleep in a bit and while it was still a bit chilly, we went to have some fun in the … Continue reading

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Beach / Seafood Lunch / Cats in Çeşme

Sunny day today, so off to the beach we went. The water was still too cold, but tons of sand to play with. Then we met with my dad, his wife Merih, her son Meric and his wife Elif for … Continue reading

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Who’s this Spiderman???

Riddle solved: He really loves this new funky zip-hooded sweatshirt we found for 7.50YTL (3€) at the market for him today … perfect outfit for the kiddie disco (of which I have some nice video, just need a chance to … Continue reading

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Market in Alaçatı

After checking out ruins it was time for some beach and water fun and my dad found us a great deal in the local paper (obviously geared towards locals, to fill the hotels during low season) and we checked into … Continue reading

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Aphrodisias (yeah, more ancient rocks)

We finally made it to Aphrodisias and had fantastic weather. Julius was not overly peachy but kept trodding along, looking for butterflies, cats and we even found a frog. That there is the probably best preserved and biggest stadium from … Continue reading

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An apple a day ..

.. keeps the doctor away … what would be vacation without the mandatory visit to the local doctor? Julius had a cough for quite some time now, though it seemed to get better until we boarded the plane … we … Continue reading

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Sheep, Pamukkale Park, 6 vs 1

Today was a bit of a weird day .. we had started heading towards Aphrodisia (another ruin site) when I got a work related call and urgently had to get back online .. so Julius and Ritsu explored the park … Continue reading

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Pamukkale / Hierapolis

I have very fond memories of Pamukkale. I have been here in 1994, just before they closed down the really terrible tourism business they had been running so far. Back then, people were bathing in those naturally formed shell shaped … Continue reading

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At the cat / carpet store

Looking at carpets is great fun on a rainy day … even better when kiddo discovers a cat in the store … and what a special cat! I had never heard of the Turkish Van Cat before. They are snow … Continue reading

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Magic Carpet Ride

Turkey is a great place for carpets and you get them offered left and right … salespeople are not too pushy (I heard worse about Istanbul) and we had one sit down with the store in our hotel and got … Continue reading

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Ephesus in the rain (now with more pictures)

Can vacation be any more fun than dragging a 4 year old through an ancient collection of ruins in the rain? And guess what .. he actually loved it (and so did we) .. The site is very impressive and … Continue reading

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Travel to Selçuk

After a good night’s sleep (well, Julius woke up at 6:30 Turin time, like clockwork) we had a heavenly Turkisch breakfast: cucumber, tomato and peppers, different cheeses, simit (‘Turkish pretzl’), egg, fried suçuk (garlic saussage), egg and jam. We repacked … Continue reading

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