12 000 m (14)
|Trip Date:||2007-06-26 - 2007-07-06|
|# Photos:||7 [View]|
|Countries visited:||Serbia, トルコ|
|by Tanja Almazan (silycat)
|After 3 years of working and investing in our home, we finally got the chance and the money to have a sea side vacation. Last time we went to Bulgaria and had really nice time and everything was quite cheap, Montenegro was out of the question because of their lack of culture and bad attitude,so my husband kinda wanted the Tunis but I chose Turkey (and didn't regret it ).|
The only unpleasant things that happened to us were caused by our travel agency and guides, but our hosts in hotel were great.We landed in Bodrum at middnight, and there was no guide to meet us or buss to take us, they came an hour and a half later and didn't even know where our hotel was...so much about travel organization by our agency.We arrived in Turgutreis,a small town 18km from Bodrum, at 3 AM in the morning in a 3 star hotel called Duygulu that I accidentaly chose(they told us the name means Sensitivity or Sensible...something like that).
It had funny name and seemed nice and green on the photos, it turned out to be very nice place with a soul and they were great hosts.
There were few guests because season starts in July, but the service was great.We only had breakfast and dinner payed at the hotel ( there we found out that our agency took 60% more money than the original hotel price for each of us, and that we could had all inclusive and pay less if we had just came and asked for the room, well maybe next time I'll be smarter and use more internet or telephone).Nevertheless, our host gave us free coffe,vine,water and beer during our stay,which is not usual but was very kind.Our room was not very big, but had all the usuall, Tv, bathroom, aircondition...They had small beach of their own, which doesn't really matter because you can go to any beach you like here, they are free as well as sun beds and parasols, when you come in June the town is yours.Morning temperature is already 30 C and during the day it can get up to 40 C sometimes, but you don't really feel it by the sea enjoying the breeze.If you are pale like me, better wear high protection sunblock and avoid going out from 12 to 3 PM, on one street walk without sun cream I got blisters on my shoulders the very first day, and I only went 100m to buy an ice cream!
Hotel also let us use boats and other fun equipment free.Everything is very clean and there was a lot of flowers, but the sea was not always nice, sometimes after wind and waves there was a lot of black sea grass, (our hotel gardener cleaned the beach and washed the sunbeds and pillows every single day), but it hardly bothered us after all Turkish sea is called the black sea (Karadeniz).
Actualy, the Bodrum teritory where we were is Aegean sea but it has this black seaweed too.
Breakfasts,lunches and dinners are open-buffet type ( 15 starters 5 main courses 4 deserts ) and a la carte service is available, if requested.I liked the food very much, it was mostly fresh and cooked vegetables, rice with mint,salads and all very tasty! Once we counted the food on our plates and saw that we were eating 17 different kind of food at the same time, it was funny cause all guests ate out of two plates .
Deserts included fruit cake, some original turkish deserts and cold watermelon. The only thing I missed is chicken meat, since they eat beef and I don't like it at all, fish was ok but I don't really like sea fish either.
We spent our time visiting Bodrum twice, going to underwater museum at Bodrum fortress, going on a cruise and into Aquapark Dedeman near Bodrum.
The rest of the days we walked, layed on the beach and enjoyed the food.
Turkey was a bit too expensive for us because the difference in prices was 3 to 5 times bigger than in our country,unfortunately Serbia is not EU and has miserable salaries, but for other tourists I guess it was quite nice.
1 Euro is about 1,7 Turkish Lira, and 1 pound is 2,6 YTL.
The price of the drink is from 2 to 6 YTL, and food from 10 to 25 YTL. Alcolhol costs more because Islam forbids it.
Small comfy vans thad drive from town to town called Dolmush cost 3 YTL.Taxi is more expensive, boat ride costs from 10 to 30 euros per person it depends on the lenght of the cruise, and Aquapark entrance cost us 20 euros per person.
All in all we had great time,
two days before we were about to go home my husband lost a silver bracelet he bought in pair with mine when we met, we wore those silver bracelets 4 years already.We were dancing in hotel disco on the board walk and it fel into the sea.Next morning we went searching for it but water was wavy and up to our chest so we couldn't see anything in the sand. One of the hotel managers saw us and asked what was wrong so we explained and said that it was not very expensive but more sentimental value to us, she said it was probably covered by sand.After that we went to Bodrum thinking it was lost in the sea forever.
On the next day we went down to try once more to find it, cause we were going home in the evening, and our usual waiter came to us bringing the bracelet back, managment lady actualy told him to try to find it and he did, and returned it to us, we gave them all large tip and thanked them very, very much!
I loved these people, they were always smiling and very kind.
Our hotel had a soul and they were great hosts, I hate large crowded hotels with cold marmer and luxury without a heart and a true smile.
Turkey is nice place to visit especially because of it's old towns like Ephesus and other great tourist atractions, unfortunately we had bad experience with our guides and agency so we avoided further horasment with them and didn't visit Pammukale and Ephesus.