So much good food, so few calories to spare! We've been chowing down this winter, with many ex-pat holiday celebrations, Christmas fairs, handicraft stalls and dining out.
Among the most memorable meals were the incredible goat cheese with fried onions and the curry main courses at Sugar and Salt; the steaks at Musto, and by far the best pizza throughout the Eastern Mediterranean at Arka.
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We recently had the (unplanned!) pleasure of taking a bus trip from Izmir to Bodrum on the Pamukkale bus line.
The intercity bus was an eye opener in every way. Leaving exactly on time, it was beautifully clean, with comfortable seats to rival business class on an airline. Monitors were located in the seat backs for movies and wi-fi was available for most of the journey (excluding tunnels!)
Once under way there was a copious amount of free sandwiches and snacks, soft drinks, tea and coffee served by an immaculate steward. The bus driver was exemplary with perfectly smooth, safe driving all the way. Security/identity checkpoints were quick and efficient, with one gendarme officer announcing with a big grin to the entire bus ''AHH - YOU ARE FROM AUSTRALIA!''
The trip gave me time to observe the outstanding scenery that in the past, driving myself I had missed. All this for 40 TL (around 13 USD).
Although our trip was only 3 hours I could comfortably do triple this time. All in all an experience I would recommend to any visitor to Turkey as an alternative/addition to air travel if you want to actually see something outside your destination.
Bodrum is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world - the Mausoleum of Halikarnassus. While little remains of the actual structure, the foundations are intact and there is active discussion about restituting the Mausoleum. According to an interview with Hurriyet Daily News, talks will begin in May to explore rebuilding a replica of this amazing structure.
With the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus just a short drive north of Bodrum, and the location of the Colossus of Rhodes being a popular visit during the Blue Cruise, a visit to the Aegean can cover three out of seven ancient wonders in one go.
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