I began blogging at Emm in London in July 2008 and our trip to Turkey was the very first trip I blogged about. We had only arrived in London a year before but by July, we certainly needed a beach holiday. So it was that we headed off to the Grand Newport Hotel in Gümbet, near Bodrum, for an all-inclusive holiday.
This was the view that greeted us when we arrived at the hotel at about 7am in the morning. The hotel overlooked a bay which lead to the Aegean Sea.
For seven long days, the temperature soared into the early 40°c (which is very hot in Fahrenheit) and it was still hovering around 30°c at midnight each evening. Suffice to say, I was in heaven.
I am pleased to say that we didn’t spend every day by the pool and we managed to take an excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus. Ephesus is a photographer’s dream and it really helps to have a knowledgable guide like we did because I found it just fascinating.
The photo above shows some columns from the temple of Hadrian and the next photo shows the breath-taking, exquisite Celsus Library.
We like to maintain a good mix of culture and relaxation on holidays like this, so in addition to our day trip to Ephesus, we went on an excursion to a Turkish village, sampling their food and seeing how they make their famous Turkish carpets, and we also went on a Turkish night, complete with belly dancers and traditional food.
The last day of our holiday was perhaps the best as we left the hotel and spent the day in a beachside bar at Bitez Beach. Well, not inside the bar, exactly, but beside the sea.
I definitely want to return to Turkey but I think we’d head out for Istanbul next time and try to see something new. I’m really keen to see the Bosphorus Strait and bridge.
As far as beach holidays go, I am planning a trip to Croatia in around September next year and I have promised that it will include at least 2 or 3 days lying on the beach at Split or Hvar. I cannot wait.
This past week was so successful in terms of getting things done! I have worked for four days, studied for 3 nights and a day, gone out twice to meet up with London bloggers and I even squeezed in breakfast with my family today and three taxation mock exams. I didn’t pass them all so I guess I’ll be even busier in the next 36 hours as I take a day of study leave and write the exam on Tuesday. Fingers crossed!