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Charlies’s Angels hit town!
« on: July 03, 2018, 06:10:50 AM »
Well that is the nickname given to us on our first amble through town....so we’re sticking with it!

This cast is slightly different from Jill Kate and Sabrina...but just as fearless...we have me...Haybo, my companion of the last 2 years Nat, and Kalkan virgin Julie...who has come to see for herself what we go on about ALL the time!

So to make this year even more adventurous, we had to fly from Manchester, not Birmingham as, since the demise of our beloved Monarch ( no, Liz II is still with us) the cost of flights has gone crazy....that meant leaving  Brum at 1am on Sunday morning.  Stupidly, none of us got in a decent kip on Saturday evening, so we were going to need coffee and lots of it to get through this!  The drive us was ok ...... but any of you that travel north from Birmingham on the M6 on a daily basis deserve a medal....what’s with all the roadworks?) and we eventually found our way to the carpark.

Not wanting to upset the locals, but we were not keen on the Manchester terminal buildings.....really grubby compared with Birmingham.  Anywho...did the Easyjet speedy check in thing and headed to security.  The queue’s were pretty long, mainly because they only had a couple of lanes open. Julie at that point remembered she has a litre of water in Her bag....cut her some slack...it was early...so we had to knock that back quick smart!  Then one of us briefly made eye contact with one of the security staff and said a cheery ‘good morning’ and he unclipped the security barrier and said...’come through and wait here’ feeling a little apprehensive we did as instructed ( they know people with guns) but thankfully he had just boosted us to the front of the queue!   Thank you kind Sir.

It didnt help me much as I had to go through the body scanner and be thoroughly frisked, and Nats bag was re examined by a young man working at snails pace....all for a ventolin inhaler!

finally through, we headed to Duty free and stocking up with some gin and Baileys before popping into Pret for some breakfast.  The flight was called bang on time and as we approached the gate it was already boarding.  We has speedy boarding, so we went straight on....amazing. 

We had the first row behind the galley...word of warning to other passengers that have booked this row...it’s FREEZING..... every time they open the chiller you get an icy blast and there is without doubt a draught coming in through the door!

Flight good, no frills, we landed into Dalaman at 12:05 and I’m pretty sure we were with our driver by 12:45...we hadn’t slept much on the flight so i was certainly past the 24 hrs awake stage.
It was lovely to drive down in the daylight...and even more worderful to see the Mouse and Snake in the twinkly sea.

WE WERE HOME!

Dropped our bags into the apartment, grabbed our cozzies and hit the pool before we thought getting into bed for a nice kip was a good idea!   A couple of hours dozing by the pool was just what we needed before we had to head into town to meet Jane (Lale homes) to do the passport thing...and we were starving by this point, Pret seeming a million years ago!

Whilst waiting for Jane, we ordered some drinks....Julie must have been very thirsty ( who is it that says hydration is important?) as she downed her drink in about 3 gulps.....a Porn Star Martini on an empty stomach and no sleep.....hmmmm , this might be interesting!

Its funny, the 3 of us have been aquaintances through kids schools for between 12and 14years, but have been really good friends for the past 4 years...we’re of an age where we don’t go out clubbing...it’s all very sophisticated (lol) and we make jewellery together so we have never really got drunk....so we weren’t really sure how it would turn out....

From Cafe Leon we headed down to the harbour for some food and went to Fener for dinner...with Julie stopping every few yards to exclaim about something amazing she was seeing!

Dinner was Chicken fajitas, saffron chicken and sage chicken, with drinks ... i had a Malibu and coke as I’m a girl of the 80’s, Nat had wine and Julie opted for a peach daquiri.....which she drank 80 % of and then knocked over...so they brought her another....oh Lord.....

Now what we haven’t mentioned about Julie is that she is a little bit accident prone and could trip on a cotton wool pad and break a bone, so her teetering about on the raised but behind the lighthouse taking photos of “stuff “ had us both reaching for our  travel insurance!

Great first meal for a total of £26!  Next stop the supermarket for our  floaty pool hammocks and a few provisions and it was a taxi home where we hit the hay at around 11 ... ready for the next part of our adventue........a Turkish bath......

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Re: Charlies’s Angels hit town!
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2018, 08:01:52 AM »
Welcome to heaven.

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Re: Charlies’s Angels hit town!
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2018, 06:43:00 AM »
Morning! Time is moving fast!

Our first full,day started with blowing up our water hammocks before an early morning visit to,Atlantis Spa to be scrubbed, massaged, scrubbed some more, bubbled and doused in cold water....it ws awesome and a great start to the holiday.

We went from there to do some shopping in Anka and were pleasantly surprised to see it well stocked again.  We took our apartments spotty shopping trolley with us, so just had to drag that back up the hill to the apartment!   Job done, we got our trusty water hammocks, books etc and headed for the pool for a very relaxing day, broken up only by a snacky lunch, and a Baileys and Magnum break around 4 pm!  We caught the last few rays then got ready to head down into Old Town as we had to introduce our Julie to the joy that is...BAG SHOPS!

First stop was the hat shop where Nat bought herself a yellow and white striped sun hat and Julie got an embroidered cross body bag, then we wandered along, saying hi to faces we recognised along the way, greeter, the tailors and then the shop of dreams...BSG! It was lovely to see the guys again they are so charming! We have a reasonable order from friends that we need to satisfy so we saw this very much as a fact finding mission! We took photos of phone cases and handbags to send back home for approval so we will no doubt be back with the order confirmed !

We then popped into what we call ‘the cave of wonders’ but it is really called Just Silver! My sister bought a bracelet in there and the catch was not right so I took it in and they looked at it and sorted it out, so thats great news! I also spotted a bracelet that would be perfect for my son’s girlfriend’s prom outfit, so more photos dispatched home for approval to purchase!

We had decided to try Saki for dinner so headed in that direction  and just had to nip into Mai Butik to see the beautiful Yasemin.  She is such a lovely lady! I was so touched that the first thing she asked me was how my Mum is! They met last year and it was so lovely that she asked about her! Jule and Nat both made purchases so that was even nicer! Yasemin then came over to me with a scarf that she wanted to send Home for Mum......how amazing is that!  What a special lady xx

Quick dip into Belmas and then up for dinner as it was getting late.  The guy from out front ( who had Nicknamed us Charlie’s Angels)led us to a nice table and we got stuck into reading the menu.

A lovely starter of olives, cheese and garlic bread appeared for us to nibble on before our main which for me was ottoman chicken, Nat had apricot lamb and Julie had a sizzling Kebab.  It was all delicious...the lamb was so tender..it looked a bit odd as it was perfectly cubed,  but tasted great!

From there we headed down to Yakamoz where we settled ourselves on the sofas and had some amazing martinis.....apple, espresso and french before heading home ...at about 1 am....dirty stop outs!  Boat trip tomorrow.....

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Re: Charlies’s Angels hit town!
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2018, 07:30:41 AM »
What a fab start to your holiday sounds like your packing lots in. Enjoy your boat trip today and look forward to reading your next blog! X

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Re: Charlies’s Angels hit town!
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2018, 01:48:23 PM »
your meal sounded lovely Haybo, I'm looking forward to trying some new places next month and maybe a Hammam too! Me and Automan are going to go for it I think but if there is any particular Hammam etiquette we should know about first, then please fill us in. Sounds like you've settled in nicely.

Enjoy your boat trip today.  :)

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Re: Charlies’s Angels hit town!
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2018, 05:25:32 AM »
Oh my gosh! Where have the days gone! It’s our last day and I haven't even blogged about Tuesday!

Up and out relatively early to make out way down to Yildiz3for a day out on the water! We planned to leave at 9:30 but it was closer to 9:45when we got moving and somwe were last to the boat...only the beds in the raised section were left so the 3 old dears with the dodgy knees were dispatched up there...this could get awkward!   Anyway we had a nice refreshing dip at Frenk bay and the. We hugged the cliff face and headed left towards Kaputas - only the second time in around 20 trips! We moored the Kaş side of a little island and had our swim and lunch there ...lovely people on the boat, but a lot of sea sickness, even from seasoned sailors.

We then did the blue cave and decided Kaputaş was way too busy so went across to Firnaz and then Kalamar bays before heading in.  What better way is ther to spend a day?

We leapt straight in a taxi as we were due out to Cafe Leon for the footie.  Nat is the footie fan.  Juile and I sat for a bit  and wandered off to do a bit of shopping.  We ate there too during the excitement of extra time and penalties...now we get to do it all again today...yay!

Wednesday was a full pool day so mot much of interest to report - we had pre dinner drinks in Botanik had dinner in Sade.  The food was very nice but to be honest, I felt a bit in the way.  We had a reservation but didn’t feel the love....tomorrow cocktail making......

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Re: Charlies’s Angels hit town!
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2018, 03:25:11 PM »
Well I have well and truly failed at blogging this year!

I really embraced the whole rest and relaxation thing and didn't feel motivated to write about it.  I hope I can be forgiven.

I hate leaving things unfinished so I will try to fill in some gaps.

Thursday - blimey it was really hot!  We spent the morning by the pool and had to pull ourselves together to go and visit a villa that I had spied that I fancy for a family holiday next year.  It is to die for.  I could pop in for a viewing in between guests so I arranged with Ali Goktepe for him to come and pick us up to take us over there...he sent his mate who didn't speak English and didn;t know how to actually access the villa even though he could see it on  a map!      We got there to meet the caretaker - another non english speaker, so that would be interesting!  Anyway, as i said the villa is amazing and I really want to book it , but the property manager says they don't set the rates until Nov so I can't even get him to pencil me in for a couple of weeks in August.  I hope I don't miss out!

So, we headed back to the apartment for a bit more sun sun sun...taxi read out said 40degrees!  phew before heading down to Black and Gold for a cocktail making masterclass.

Those of you with good memories might recall we did this last year and I got a bit squiffy and slept through a large chunk of our BBQ boat trip, so i was keen not to make the same mistake again.

I hadn't eater much at lunch so saw the nuts and pretzels that Burak put out on the bar as something of an insurance policy and pretty much scoffed the lot!!  As I mentioned before it was BOILING and way to hot to be on the roof terrace but we ploughed on!

Julie made a porn star martini - definitely her drink of the holiday, i made something that might have been called Red velvet - it has vodka, aperol, raspberry liqueur and some red wine reduction in it - it was nice, but not my fave and Nat made the mother of all cocktails - i can't remember its official name but it had Vodka, Gin, rum, cointreau and something else in it and came in a gynormous martini glass!  she managed to drink the lot and stay upright!

We then did shots.  I made a B52, Nat a Franco and Julie a Shark...mine was lovely.  then came the competition.  As last years loser and non drinker I was partnered with Burak's beautiful assistant and we made a Victoria which is a take on a mojito with ginger flavours.  We had 2 independent judges, Yasemin and the male hairdresser who's name I can't recall...they made the right decision and based on time, presentation and taste, ours won! Bottle of champers to the victors!!

We had a great time and de-camped to Cafe Leon for Iced Mochas to help with sobriety before heading to Aubergine for dinner.  great meal....although i have no recollection of what we had!!

Friday was another pool day - getting the most out of our water hammocks...i wanted to persuade the others to go to a beach club but it wasn't happening...we headed down into town a bit later with the intention of having dinner and then going to do our shopping, but we had a pre dinner beverage in Mini Bar and then plonked ourselves in Salonika ....by which time it was gone 10.30.  We had a lovely meal there..I had Tavuk Kurvurma which was very tasty but spicier than i had anticipated!  We were about to get our bill when Sahin from Cafe Leon appeared so he sat with us for an hour or so..his brother has just started to work there it seems, so before we knew it it was gone midnight and our shopping plans were out of the window!  oh well we have one last night!!!

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Re: Charlies’s Angels hit town!
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2018, 09:27:51 AM »
So, last full day - Saturday...before i get onto that, i completely forgot to mention that we decided to go to lunch at Ata Kebab on Friday!

For me Ata is pure Kalkan. on our first visit back in 2013, we arrived in town pretty late and hungry.  We walked in and they looked after us really well...the guy that is Greeting at the Olive Garden this year was working at Ata Mezze as it was called then, so it's lovely to still see him around - so its a bit of a loyalty thing that makes me go back at least once every visit...and the Iskender Kebab of course!!

So Saturday was up and out early to catch as many rays as we could before heading down to Cafe Leon to watch the footie.  Nat went down for the start at 5 and then Julie and I wandered down for the start of the 2nd half...and arrived just as they scored!!  Great atmosphere and great result - shame we wouldn't be around for the next round. >:(

We then had 2 hours to get in our shopping before our last supper at Alternatif, so we hit the shops hard...BSG got a visit as did Just Silver, Sweet Dreams, Desi(?), the tailors and Sports Direct as was.....all with time left over for a drink in Merkez!

Dinner at Alternatif was fantastic as usual...although very quiet???  Mustafa told us about having to cancel the food festival due to lack of engagement - but he will get it back on track when he's voted as mayor next year!!!  good luck!  It was lovely to be welcomed like old friends and to chat with Tarzan about his Uni plans.  Hope it all works out.  So, loaded down with a gift of turkish delight from Alternatif we headed home to pack as we were up and out at 9:15 on Sunday morning.

So, on Sunday before we even left the apt we knew we had a 1 hr delay, which suddenly leapt to 3 hrs.... but with check in time the same......so we said our goodbyes and hit the road!

before we had got 20 miles up the road i looked at my phone again and the delay had jumped to 7.5 hours!!  Not fun.

We arrived at the new Dalaman terminal at about 11:10, which was 2 hours before our original departure time and were faced with a 20 minute queue to even get in the building...really?

Once we were inside, we made the obligatory toilet stop ...rumours are true..the place is unfinished in parts and the loos have motion detection lighting, so once you've seated yourself on the throne, the lights  go out, so you sit there like a loony waving your arms about to get some illumination!!

We then headed to the Easyjet desks - there were 3 open - 1 special assistance and 2 bag drop, so we got in the bag drop queue because for reasons I don't understand i hadn't booked special assistance for my travelling companions ...I now know they need it for their dogdy, hips, necks, knees etc.

We waited in that queue for a good while then they suddenly opened 3 lanes for the Manchester flight so lots of us moved over to those queues...but they only put staff on 2 of the lines, so our line had to merge at the desk....some people were are the desk for over 20 minutes!  it was chaos.

It became apparent that the plane that was coming was smaller than the one expected so those folks booked into the back rows din't have seats, so they were trying to bump people including one half of couples and thought it was perfectly acceptable to ask the wife to proceed through to departure leaving the husband without a seat.  incredible.

Anyway we got sorted ok and made our way to passport control....we made it through there at 13:05...only 5 minutes before our anticipated departure time......

We had a chuckle though that a British lady was kicking off because she couldn't believe that she wasn't allowed to take a bottle of wine through...where has she been hiding for the last 12 years!!!

So, with 7.5 hours to fill me mooched around duty free for a bit and then set up camp ant one of the tables in the food court area near Sbarro.  Easy jet provided us with a sandwich lunch and a burger and chips tea so we chatted, read, played cards and games , shopped a little, and the time raced by...i think the thoughts of compensation made it bearable!

We eventually got off the ground at about 21:20 leaving only 2 passengers behind so I hope they made it safely on a later flight and that Easy jet looked after them well.

Passport control at Manchester was RIDICULOUS...I have never seen a queue like it...welcome home!  It took us about an hour to get through it , so we finally hit the road just after 1 and got home just after 3 am...about 9 hours later than anticipated.

Monday was a write off so got the washing done and put in the compensation claim......should pay for a flight from Birmingham...would prefer not to go to Manchester again.....

Flying v Dublin in September so wait for the story of that!!

Over and out

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Re: Charlies’s Angels hit town!
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2018, 08:17:33 AM »
Really enjoyable read Haybo. I don't think that I could handle a 7.5 hour flight delay!! I know that we experienced a long delay in the old terminal and it was so uncomfortable and, as a smoker, quite stressful. Are the facilities (obviously not the toilet facilities) any better at the new terminal?


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