Club Gardenia Beach Hotel
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... ended up at a Texmex/Italian/Turkish restaurant which was not at all your typical Turkish restaurant. Within 30 mins of us being there the main waiter was up on one of the girls chairs gyrating and stripping above our table. Fireworks and flares were then brought out and taken around the restaurant. At one point, myself and the other girls were also up on our chairs dancing to the music. After our 4 ...
... staying. He fed us home made jams and fruit from his tree and introduced us to his pride and joy turtle pets. They have free roam in the garden. It's awesome. Guess what we are getting when we get back home. We spent the day walking around the beach and through the ruins, tasting the cheap and delicious foods from a sneaky little home cook place not catering to any tourists... Delicious food!
The beaches were covered in rubbish and the amount of cigarette butts ...
... There were eleven us in all. Two girls from China who spoke very little English. A couple both originally from China studying in Boston. He is an architect and now studying to be an urban planner at Harvard. She is studying at Boston University. They plan on returning to China when their studies are done. A couple from southern India, but he is currently working on a project in London. They and their 2 year old daughter will return to India once the ...
Sitting on the top deck, the river trip took us past small fish farms, watermelon fields under miles of plastic sheeting and a busy boatyard. It seemed that all the pirate ships were in for maintenance, and we passed many of them gorily adorned, moored up waiting for their repaint job.
There were lots of men lounging on the riverbanks as we passed, fishing.
At one point, Dayle pointed to a fish in the river below us, but on reflection ...
... renting a Turkish car is the best way to go ( although not a fiat I hear). One just has to be brave...and start out somewhere outside of Istanbul...and probably NEVER even attempt to drive within its boundaries...simply out-of-control! Anyway, Konya...I have picked up a couple of books that will help me understand more about who Rumi really was. I picked up a few silly souvenirs as well...and some Sufi music...we went to the Mevlani Museum ...
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- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking