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Jun 19, 2006 - Kos we wanted to break out of our prejudice

..we have decided to spend 4 days on Kos on the way back to Tilos. We have always thought of Kos as package holiday hell, with wall-to-wall bars, full English breakfasts, tat shops, and loudness. We are quiet sedate snobs, as I am sure you have worked out by now... Well, there are a lot of the bars, cafes, tat shops, but you only need to go back a couple of streets to escape it. And there is a surprising amount of archaeology. You turn a corner and find a square fenced off with some old bits in the middle of it. There are also two extensive...

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May 31, 2006 - Kalymnos - Bram Stoker was here?

Well, we have arrived in Kalymnos. The boat was late so we arrived eventually at 11pm. We had rung earlier, using the trusty rough Guide to book a room. I didn't do too well with my Greek, and the guy seemed to be struggling with my English too. However, he promised that he would wait for us.... whatever that meant. There was no-one on the quay to meet the boat, so we went off to find the hotel, a converted mansion, which was not far away. There was a notice saying, "Please ring for service" so we did and nothing happened. So we walked into...

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May 11, 2006 - Kos

Sometimes places aren't always what you expect them to be so plans change. We sailed into Knidos where we intended to stay our last night before returning Dragonslayer to Bodrum. We jumped in the dinghy, two loads across to shore, walked around for 5 minutes & made a group decision to get back on board & sail to Kos and make it there by late evening. Knidos just didn't have much to offer. As things turn out, that sail to Kos was one of the best we had. But as you can see from the photos, Phil & Ben found sailing to be a drag...

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May 6, 2006 - Selimiye - from the ridiculous to the sublime

Beautiful sleepy Selimiye was just what we had been seeking. Like someplace lifted off the pages of a DeBernieres book, this little hidden boat-building village south of Marmaris was like going back in time. Instead of sunbeds there were men painting their fishing boats, instead of touts there was Irfan at the only open cafe and Zeke the chatty hotel owner, ınstead of sunburnt British retirees there were barefoot kids on bikes and a family washing their sheep in the bay. So much serenity! There was little to do but soak up the atmosphere...

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Oct 27, 2005 - Koycegiz

I'm just going to get worse and worse as time goes on with these updates because I've gone too long now without doing it. Bear with me though. I should have more time on my hands to do it now because Nick's gone away to Morocco for 3 weeks! He was pretty miserable staying in London just waiting for his visa to come through so I told him to go on a trip. I would have love to have gone but I had nanny responsibilites :( After visiting Ephesus we headed straight for Koycegiz which is a gorgeous lake that eventually meets with the sea. Stayed...

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Oct 8, 2005 - To Kos Island

A few hours ferry ride to the island of Kos accompanied by a few football(soccer)teams. So I now have a Saturday night date with a big South African fella (just friends, as I've some1 very lovely waiting for me)... I heard from 1 particular contiki girl that, "if you go black u wont go back", but after seeing the size of the black man in the Amsterdam sex show, I'm staying away from them for life & no temptation to try !!!. Kos seems nice and relaxed, yet everything seems to be winding down here for winter, although the temp is still in the...

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Jul 11, 2005 - Gooble Gooble

Yep, ın Turkey now, where my fırst two nıghts pıcked up rıght where they left off ın Greece. After an overnıght ferry to Rhodes, another ferry to Kos and fınally one last boat rıde across to Turkey and the overbuılt resort town of Bodrum. The harbour ıs shaped lıke an aerıal vıew of bıg booty butt cheeks, and the waterfronts of both are lıned unbroken wıth bars and clubs, punctuated on the end wıth overwrought hyper clubs, and occasıonally ınterspersed wıth a tacky souvenır shop or kebab stand. Well, Englısh James and I dıd our best to test...

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Jul 10, 2005 - Bodrum, Turkey

(See last post from Istanbul) Sunday, July 3. BODRUM. Joanne arrived at 2 am due to missing luggage. She brought a friend, Eddie, from Australia, which made us a crew of six. They decided to spend the night at the hotel rather than aboard ship. Cengiz learned that this would be their first time sailing. After deciding to take care of obtaining a replacement passport later, Jeff flew out to Bodrum and met us at the hotel. Jeff, Ed, Oytun, and I walked to the Castle of St. Peter at the head of the peninsula guarding Bodrum's double bay. We...

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Jul 4, 2005 - damn mosquitoes....

WE ARE COVERED IN MOSQUITOE BITES!! it's not even funny, the last two nights on our stay in Kos, the mozzies ate us something fierce. At 4 in the morning, Ross and myself went on a massacre and smashed almost twenty mosquitoes into the walls, leaving blood smears everywhere. But on a good note, we went to TURKEY last saturday and it was amazing! Only a short ferry ride from Kos, we spent the day in Bodrum, looking at castles that were built by crusaders and learning about Turkey's long and bloody history. The markets were so great, except...

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Jun 28, 2005 - If I was a God, I might just live in Greece, too.

Here's the story. Ross and I had a midnight flight to Greece, it was filled with brits our age who were all going on holiday. After no sleep at all, we arrived on Kos at 7:30 am and the plane-full of brits all got on luxury busses and were carted off to their resorts. We were left in the middle of nowhere, all alone, Kos town, where there was camping, is 25 km away from the airport, so we began walking. The place was just barren and empty with only cacti and stay dogs, we had all our stuff, no food, no sleep and no idea what the hell to do....

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Jun 18, 2005 - Day 33-34 Cesme to Bodrum

Said goodbye to the group today at 7:30 a.m, and directly we were off to Bodrum via Cesme, we were dropping off a good friend Ulash at a International Windsurfing competition, then off to Bodrum via the coast route, much like highway 1 in California. Sweeping views and dramatic cliffs dropping into the ocean. Some very nice beaches along the way also. Bodrum we met at a center for children with disabilities, and then following went to a very prestigious event at Halikarnass in Bodrum. Muffy and I met many local politicians, artisans, and...

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May 31, 2005 - Day 13-15 Kuşadasi- Bodrum

We caught the overnıght bus that goes from Istanbul to Bodrum as it passed through Kuşadasi. Scheluled for 8:00 am on the 29th but no real time frame so we were there early. 3 minutes to spare actually since we pulled out of Kusadasi at 7:40 only 20 minutes early. Bodrum was very nice we stayed just off the beach for 40 lira a night including breakfast and transport to and from bus station. The staff at Merhaba were really friendly and hard working. There is a fun nightlife in Bodrum, but we seem to be too tired at night to party too hard....

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