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Author Topic: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!  (Read 19539 times)

Offline Lizilu20

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 Wednesday 10/8/16

Well there's not been too much sun here in Blighty for us up North so I guess were going to have to jump on that plane tomorrow and chase it all the way to Kalkan.  8)

As usual the preparations began in earnest a few days ago and as usual there have been a few hitches. I had a fight with my new epilator and a hidden skin tag and it won, leaving me with an underthigh looking like it had done a few rounds with Mike Tyson and Hannibal Lector. The blood loss was enormous to say it was only a little taggy thing. Oh well, at least it's gone now but I didn't really anticipate performing minor surgery in my bedroom and the bruising is not a good look either.   :o
The washing machine (same one that chewed the smalls up) has been protesting too and point blankly refused to spin my laundry at the weekend so this required an emergency trip to my kind neighbours. I tried again with a few dusters and it sulkily sprang into life so I'm hoping that it was just a glitch and will do a cycle tonight for the final wash before holiday.

I'm feeling a little smug really as unusually for me, all cases are packed and virtually ready to go. We are underweight, well the cases are, can't say the same for me and OH sadly  :( and that's before all the delicious indulgencies we know we will enjoy and then regret in the same breath  :D and we are planning a meal out with our girls tonight instead of the usual frantic and frenzied final preparations.  :)

There will be 3 of us again this summer so it's going to be hard to say goodbye to the girls left behind but at least we know that Charlie the crazy hound will be indulged too while we are away, rather than him having to be packed off to the Kennels. I used to hate having to do that and always made OH do the dirty. I swear he knows when we make that right turn as he becomes like a rabid dog faced with a dish of water and leaps around the car like a tazmanian devil which is really not like him at all. Anyway I digress.

So, just a meeting to attend this afternoon and that's me done and the holidays will begin.

Fun in the sun - here we come!!!  :) :) :)



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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2016, 11:58:17 AM »
Have a lovely holiday Lizzie. Have sent you a pm.

 Barb

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2016, 12:59:04 PM »
Have fun, look forward to hearing all about it!

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2016, 02:21:51 PM »
Yay! See you soon! X

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2016, 02:42:36 PM »
 Can't wait to have some fun lizilu! This time tomorrow you'll be well on your way  :D :D :D

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2016, 05:56:00 PM »
Its a great sign when you start your blog! See you in a week x

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2016, 07:32:08 PM »
Wow didn't realise it was coming round so soon. Hope you have a fabulous time. I will be reading your blogs so keep em coming. All the best and safe flight.  8) 8) 8) ;) ;) ;)

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2016, 08:39:34 PM »
Your posts are legendary and make me smile :) Happy Holidays!
Lou :)

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2016, 01:13:36 PM »
Cannot wait to hear all about your stay :)
Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt :)

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2016, 05:48:55 PM »
Friday 12/08/16

We arrived late last night after a good start to our holiday which involved enjoying our freebie dragon pass in the airport lounge and making lots of indulgent purchases at the airport  thanks to me. Unbeknown to OH, I have been snaffling away some of the housekeeping money every week and building up a little nest egg. We had just short of £400.00 to do whatever the hell we liked with it. His face was priceless when I counted the readies in front of him. Needles to say we hit that duty free and Jo Malone head on. We all smell lovely now. Well on top of the sweat anyway. Goodness it's hot! I'd forgotten how stifling August is after the pleasant clement weather of April.

Bob and Jayne were at the Pirate just as we arrived and we managed to catch up with all the gossip until just past 2am when we flagged and had to drag our weary bodies up the millions (or so it seemed) of stairs here at the Pirat hotel.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we are not able to stay above Shirl and Bob as planned so we are having a few days at the Pirat then moving on to our friends beautiful apartment on the Kalamar road. So best of both worlds and a holiday within a holiday but no cafetière of coffee on our doorstep this morning sadly.

The wifi here is very sketchy and hit and miss so I'm trying to blog as much as possible and when possible so just bear with me and I'll carry on tomorrow with today's antics.
P.s it's sooooo good to be back!



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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2016, 06:29:34 PM »
I'd have kept schtum about the housekeeping ..OH might cut it when you get home if he thinks you are getting too much >:D >:D
People Of Britain.. When your missus asks "Does my bum look big in this? Never say "Dunno your blocking the light."... just sayin ????

 ta ta for now
Lizard

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2016, 08:19:08 PM »
So glad you arrived safely and have some extra money to spend on luxuries. Enjoy the Piratbfor a few days and hope the apartment is good. Longing to get there now 10th September here we come!

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2016, 08:32:54 PM »
Lizilu20 ...... really looking forward to your posts........let's hope that the WiFi doesn't  let you down.

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2016, 09:09:28 PM »
And she back! Woo hoo!  ;D

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #14 on: August 13, 2016, 04:28:22 PM »
Saturday 13/08/16

Yesterday we awoke bright and early considering we were propping up the bar with Bob, Jayne and Reggae the barman until almost 3am!
The bed is typically Turkish in that it's a very hard mattress so my hips were a bit tender but still I awoke refreshed and starving too.

Breakfast here at the Pirat is typically Turkish too. Usual cereals, meats, cheeses, salad, bread olives, preserves etc etc, boiled (and I use the term boiled loosely ) eggs. They don't seem to have the knack of a perfect Chucky here. There are two baskets, one five minute and the other 2 minute according to the waiter but translated, that meant raw or hard boiled we found to our amusement. There was also some lovely menemen so I was very happy.

After breakfast we settled our milk bottle bods onto some sun beds and awaited Bob and Jayne. We spent a lovely day with them around the pool and the pool bar and enjoyed a fab Funtime Friday with lots of fun in the sun!
I think we laughed all afternoon, especially when we got on to the subject of a yard of ale. Apparently OH and Shirl are experts at this trick and OH was telling us that he was quite young at the time and had a "bird with a tache" , turns out upon further questioning, he had a Perm and a tache but I don't know which statement was the funnier!!! My smile faded though when he said "no not a bird with a tache - I hadn't met you yet"! Ha bloody ha!!

After a refreshing siesta we met up again at the marina restaurant for dinner. Joining us were of course Bob and Jayne and our fethiye friends who (guess what) are staying in kalkan for a couple of days again, along with another family of our friends and neighbours from home, so 14 of us in total. The restaurant was actually really busy which was good to see and as usual the food was delicious. We had a variety of dishes. Ali nazir kebab for me, mainly steaks for the adults and pasta for the children. Such good value for money with the meal deal and the free lavas puffy bread, tapenade, chilli butter and crumbled cheese. Too full for deserts, we made our way up to black and gold, stopping along the way for kisses, cuddles and handshakes with the greeters we hadn't seen for a few months and somehow always recognise us.
We were greeted with open arms at black and gold too. Such a lovely feeling of returning to the home where our hearts lie.
Rabiya winked at OH and said " welcome back Mr Franco". A reference to us telling them about our favourite shot in April. Burak told us that since we asked him to make us one he has now added it to the menu and it was becoming popular and he even teaches customers how to make them in the cocktail classes he is running. I swear OH's chest puffed out at this news. He was chuffed to bits.
Burak said that I'd inspired him to create a new cocktail with the Franco flavours, called  ' the good the bad and the ugly ' and that he was making me one. The rest of our group ordered theirs, mohito's, gin fizz's, porn star martinis and ps I love you,s. The girls ordering non alcoholic versions and suddenly over the music system blared the theme tune to the film the good the bad and the ugly. The waiter told me my cocktail was served and in a manner of pomp and circumstance my cocktail was indeed served, in a cowboy hat and with a cigar on the side. I had of course to drink the cocktail while wearing the stetson - I gave the ceegar a miss though. Oh we did have fun with that hat. Just a shame that Bob and Jayne weren't there too. They had retired early as they were shattered.

We merrily wended our way home and propped the bar up with reggae until the wee small hours again. Hmm I see a pattern emerging!!!

Today we awoke to grey hazy skies but the sun soon burnt through. Yay, another day of fun in the sun to be enjoyed.

To be continued...

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #15 on: August 13, 2016, 05:10:55 PM »
Fabulous, Liz! Good to see you two today, too. Xx

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2016, 07:54:44 PM »
Dressing up props always add a certain something to the proceedings!?

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2016, 09:00:46 PM »
Sounds like a great first day Lizilu. Look forward to the next instalment!  ;) ;)8) what did you think of the Likya Pavilion?

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« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2016, 10:54:29 PM »
Oh my goodness, that sounds hilarious! Not even going to try to keep up with you guys. 4 sleeps x

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Re: The Secret Kalkan Diary of Lizilu20 - Fun In The Sun!
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2016, 05:32:51 PM »

So, yesterday dawned all grey, miserable and muggy with a mist rolling from the mountains behind but soon the sun burned through and normal service was resumed. Our energy was boosted by brekkie, only one rejected chucky egg so not bad going and off we set on our trek up to the yelken to see our friends Bill and Ros whose lovely apartment we will be staying in again from tomorrow onwards. Well I say trekked, we actually taxied up but we trekked back down so at least we are helping to burn off a few unwanted calories.

We spent a little while catching up and arranging handover etc and chatting over coffee, then set off on our hike. We decided to walk down as far as bread and more, then we headed in the direction of the asfiya Seaview and took the steps down to the right hand side which bring you out nicely at the top of the Likya boardwalk. Continuing the descent right down to the harbour and past Indigo and the marina, back to our digs at the Pirat.
Sounds easy? Well we thought so back in April but believe me in this August muggy heat and only armed with a can of gentle to skin cooling mist spray (B&M bargains 2 for a quid) which was not cooling, as it had heated up to boiling point as I found to my dismay - it was blooming hard graft! So we were so grateful for the little oasis in the olive trees that is the beautiful Likya pavillion. We fell in there panting with our tongues hanging out like  dehydrated dogs. Oh it was lovely and even better it was happy hour too!
We had an efes malt each for the sum total of 15 lira . It's really beautiful with a swimming pool separating the lounge from the restaurants and loveky toilets. We will definitely  be back.

We finally arrived back at the Pirat to find Bob and Jane waiting for us. We spent the afternoon round the pool and had a fab lunch sent over from the marina restaurant. Again, more fun in the sun to be had and before we knew it was time to get ready for the night ahead.

We met up again at the olive garden. Wow what a lovely restaurant.  I can only echo what has already been said on here. Definitely a must do. The food and the price is fantastic and it was very busy too.

We ended the night on the thrones at yakamoz listening to my mate Aklan strumming his guitar and watching Shirl bite into a pretzel and hold it up to her eye like a monocle so she could zoom into him. Happy days....


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