Immediately after closing on Saturday the 6th of July, we headed off to the South of Turkey. Unfortunately, we flew out during the Murray match (caught the first set at the airport).
Why Turkey when we'd already enjoyed a week in Istanbul in January. BECAUSE MY ONLY DAUGHTER WAS GETTING MARRIED THERE!!!!!!!!! Sorry but it was very exciting.
This post will be about food eventually. However, as a proud mummy, I need to show you this
|My daughter and new son and law on their wedding day|
Ok. Just one more....
|Flower girls, my granddaughters Kaitlyn and her little sister Abbie|
We then had a bit of an adventure. We hired a car from a man called Abdullah and headed off into the mountains (the 'we' being, me, husband, sister and her husband). I'd done a little bit of research, ie, where to go with a car. I wanted mountains, winding roads and very local food, ie, not huge touristy places. WE GOT ALL OF THAT.
We were heading for a village called Bucakşeyhler. Suggested by a mountain cyclist from that area, it sounded ideal. Just outside of Side where we were staying, we passed by and went in to the Manavgat Waterfall. A little touristy but it was early in the day so probably quieter than usual. Gorgeous views of the natural falls coming down.
|Alex and I at the waterfall. The water on this top ledge has a constant overspill of the fall's waters and it was icy cold hence my feet resting on a pipe for the photo|
|The very lovely, Mr Rougvie, aka, master baker (soup and scone maker), grumpy and current husband at the waterfall.|
We were the only ones there. No other tourists in sight (probably because of lack of access). A huge ancient city - almost 2000 years old. Seleucia.
It was a tourist's dream. The four of us walked around for as long as we could stand the soaring heat in wonderment at what we had stumbled upon.
|L-R, Chris (the Rev), Lynn (my sister) and Alex (my husband)|
We were all ashamed of our lack of Turkish language skills but through a lot of sign language (shoving my hands towards my mouth) and Alex's German skills (a lot of the Turkish people we met spoken German), she took us into her teensy tiny kitchen, opened her fridge and asked if that was ok. I smiled and looked very happy.
Ten minutes later (we were trying not to watch her too much), she appeared with a feast. This is exactly what we were looking for.
|First view of 'the lunch'|
Let me go around the tray and explain what we ate: sliced tomatoes and cucumber, chopped sauteed green beans, olives, green peppers, okra in a warm tomato sauce, flatbread, fried eggs, freshly squeezed orange juice. The best thing about this???? The lady was rightly proud about the fact that she grew every single thing on our plates (she obviously made the bread and the hens running around the yard provided the eggs). Even the oranges were from her trees.
We then had Turkish coffee.
|I love my coffee. I love Turkish coffee as long as there is no sugar in it. Intense and good.|
This will definitely go on my top 5 meals of my life list. The whole thing. The food, the surroundings. Our host sitting constantly happily watching us as we made appreciative slurping noises at the amazing meal she'd just made for us.
Slurping noises? Ok. A short video of my sister making rather loud slurping noises. Well, you'd hear them if the sound worked. Sorry. But maybe it's a good thing that it doesn't.
I'm now going to share a little bit too much information with you. We were all drinking so much water because it was super hot with a really high humidity too. I needed a wee. I asked the lady and she got one of her grandsons to take me to the mosque toilet. Very very interesting. I noticed a bible class for females only taking place in a side room. I then went into the toilet and it was one of the sitting squatting over the hole in the floor (with no toilet roll but a very helpful hose and tap). Another holiday experience.
The actual town of Side where we were staying had a lot of ruins so the next day, Alex and I also had a good look around there. Temple of Apollo, Greek amphitheater, just so much history, it was mind-blowing.
A lovely break was had by all. A real family holiday but with my daughter's wedding too! Just fabbie.
One final foodie photo. Last night. Testi kebab!!! A speciality where they bring it to the table in the cooking pot which is sealed with bread. Husband looks so impressed here doesn't he? That's his smile. I know it's his smile because I often ask that question. You know the question that all men hate. 'What's wrong'? His answer? 'Nothing. I can't help it if my face looks like this'. So he is full of joy in this photo.
Sorry but a few more photos now. Do you feel like you've gone to a friend's house for dinner and they suddenly pull out their holiday photo album and you can't really refuse to look at them. I'm not feeding you dinner but I will show you a few more photos.
|Don't worry. You can't see me in my bikini proper here (wouldn't be good) but this is me about to have a go at snorkelling for the first time ever. Quite liked it actually. Saw one biggish striped fish and some coral.|