The fact that it's a week after Christmas and that I blogged about Stuffed Turkey Paupiettes yesterday probably had you groaning "oh nooo, not more turkey" when you read that, but rest assured, this has nothing to do with festive poultry so don't stop reading!
TravelSupermarket got in touch a little while ago to say that they were looking for a small number of bloggers who knew about some specific holiday destinations in order to share their insider knowledge and work with them on "cheat sheets", providing ideas and advice to anyone considering a trip abroad. I said I'd be happy to share my experiences of Turkey, where we've been twice for a family holiday with the kids. Our first trip there was in 2011 and we went to Antalya on the Mediterranean coast of southwestern Turkey. It is Turkey's biggest international sea resort, located on the Turkish Riviera and is very touristy. Our second trip was to Yalikavak on the Aegean coast of Turkey at the north eastern tip of the Bodrum Peninsula. This second trip was in 2010, so Pierre was only a baby/toddler both times (he was born in 2009 so was 1 year old and not yet walking the first time and just turned 2 and toddling about but still getting tired quickly the second time).
I've already shared lots of our holiday snaps from Turkey, both on the Where in the World is Jenny WoodenMum? blog and on our Welcome Back To The Madhouse family blog (both of which can be accessed via my sidebar) but I've just been having a trip down memory lane, looking through them all to inspire me for the Turkey cheat sheet and I thought I'd share a few with you here.
This is the dolmus - the local taxi-bus to Yalikavak, where we stayed on our first trip. They wait until they're full up then set off ! It's a great way of getting about fast and is really cheap so it's full of as many locals as tourists.
This is Juliette showing off her jingle-tastic belly dancer's dress - be warned, if you have a daughter under the age of 11, you WILL have one of these in your luggage on the way home ! They can be picked up quite cheaply in the markets so don't buy them in the hotel shop, where the prices are much higher.
My favourite memory of Turkey is walking around the local markets, looking at the huge wheels of cheese, drooling over the enormous baklava-type pastries dripping with honey and breathing in the heady mix of all the different spice aromas mingling in the sun.
Have any of you been to Turkey before? I'd love to hear your stories and top tips too. They might even end up on the Cheat Sheet for everyone to take advantage of ! Or maybe you have some general advice for travelling to exotic climes with young children? I look forward to reading your comments :)
Disclosure : This blogpost is part of a series of Blogger Cheat Sheet posts, in collaboration with TravelSupermarket
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