Turkey here we come

20th April 2014 (when typing the date I often think of Robinson Crusoe on his desert island),

Well we have reached Turkey (not that Turkey was ever part of our plan), we crossed the border from Greece about 3.30 yesterday no problems other than the 50 euro’s for our two visa’s and another £75 for the 3rd party insurance! All the borders we have crossed we have found that when I open the side door for them to go inside, (without offering them our step ladder) none of the customs officers want to embarrass themselves trying to get up the 1mtr (3’3”) step to get inside.

Anyway after leaving the border we then followed directions to a campsite about one to two hours away, after traveling for two hours we realized that the campsite either didn’t exist or we had missed it. We turned to the coast road traveled down it a little then came across a small but nice port town called Gelibolu. After stopping smack in the centre of town, to ask a taxi driver where we could find a campsite he said, you can stop/sleep anywhere in this town no problem! So we set off around the bay and found a rather trendy looking bar, asked the same question and they told us to park Plodd on some high level ground next to their establishment.

The view is unbelievable, however after being there 45mins three youths on bikes arrived looking round Plodd and chatting to each other (now I think you all know how fluent I am in many languages, however Turkish is not one of them!) They started shouting through the fridge vent hello etc., this unnerved Les a little, anyway after a short time they disappeared and we did not see them again.
At 7.30pm we went into the bar next door for one or two local Efes beers served with a portion of lemon olives, nice touch, then we crossed the road onto the beach side and had a great meal in a lovely restaurant called Kumsal. We met some really friendly staff in both the bar and the Restaurant. The guests dining on the next table seemed very pleased to be able to help us out with the language barrier (thanks very much Deniz).

After we had finished dinner the chef and front of house waiter came to ask if we had enjoyed the meal then produced a display of desserts fit for a King , Les said “bang goes the diet again” and delved in.
As we were leaving the owner, Kadriye told us to take Plodd and put her on his car park if Les was still worried about the young lads coming back, anyway we didn’t bother and left Plodd where she was that night and everything was OK.

This morning I awoke to find that not only were we parked on council land with the best view of the bay but the council had kindly put an electric socket in the toilets that we could plug into if we wanted, however, I don’t think the new looking toilets had ever been cleaned, what a shame.
Early afternoon we walked in to the town centre and down to the harbor it has a nice little shopping centre with lots of café’s dotted about, tonight we have decided to go back to the restaurant Kumsal as it was so good last night.

Dave
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4 thoughts on “Turkey here we come

  1. Glad you arrived safe and sound turkey is lovely is the sun shining! Plenty of shops for lesley ha ha xxxxx enjoy and stsy safe xx

  2. Glad to see you are getting there and enjoying it

  3. Hi Jacky,

    Yes Turkey is a lovely place we are glad that we changed our plans and included it at the last minute

    Dave

  4. Hi Helen & Horace,

    Nice to hear from you,

    We are thinking of coming back to the UK for a week, before we reach Russia on the 15th May, that way we could collect our passports from Blackpool with the Chinese visa’s in (saves UPS or DHL them to us)and that way we could dump all our winter cloths as we don’t think we will need them anymore, we will just have to wait and see how long the visa application takes.

    Dave & Les

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