Turkey Shooting: Catherine Bury ‘Killed by Gardener’ in Dalyan Holiday Resort – IBTimes UK


Turkey Shooting: Catherine Bury ‘Killed by Gardener’ in Dalyan Holiday Resort – IBTimes UK.

Now all the ignorant, racist bigots will come out of the woodwork. Read the comments in The Huffington Post…atrocious! So many uneducated imbeciles  you can just predict the reactions!!

Dont Hate Turkey! Sarai Sierra, American Tourist, Killed by Blow to Head


Sarai Sierra, American Tourist, Killed by Blow to Head, Turkish Police Say

A New York City woman vacationing alone in Istanbul was killed by at least one fatal blow to her head, Turkish officials said today. The body of Sarai Sierra, 33, was was identified by her husband, Steven Sierra, in a morgue, Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin said today. After an intense search that lasted nearly two weeks, the body of Sarai Sierra was found near the ruins of some ancient city walls and a highway on Saturday. Sierra was wearing the same outfit she was seen wearing on…Full Story

I am not going to discuss the whys and wherefores of this poor woman’s death because we don’t really know what happened.

I have to say i am disgusted with a majority of comments i have read around the net. There are people bringing religion, ‘Islam’ into it, talk about how the Muslims hate Americans etc. People who have never been outside their own countries stating how awful, backward and dirty Turkey is. This is mainly coming from Americans and probably the ignorant unenlightened majority whilst the other decent Americans have to take the flak!

People have asked questions which i will give my opinion below.

Comment:What is a married woman doing going alone to Turkey to take pictures.

A:This is 2013 and women don’t need chaperone’s and that includes the majority of Turkish women.

Comment: She had children she shouldn’t have gone off alone.

A: The children have a father too don’t they? A woman does not stop living because she has children if they are in safe loving hands of family. There are reasons families cant always go away together, does that mean a women is always the one to stay behind?

Comment: Americans shouldn’t travel to Muslim countries. They hate us!

A: I wonder why? Look at your foreign policy but it has not been shown that this is a hate crime so there you go ‘Islamophobia’

Comment: So you leave your kids to go off on some trip to a country where you know Muslims live and who will be very upset that you are walking around in jeans without a male escort?  I’m a man and would never go into any Islamic country, at least not without the second U.S. Army.

A:How ridiculous is this commenter? Many women in Istanbul and most parts of Turkey dress in jeans, skirts, tee shirts etc. They just don’t show a lot of flesh.  Turkey receives over 30 million tourists a year and  the vast majority of Turkish people, including men, are honest, kind and decent but i suppose you will find a few like the commentator above !

I travelled alone a lot when i was younger because i am a bit of an adventurer. It was almost impossible for me and hubby to be able to go as a family as there was always an obstruction. My girls had grown up before i started travelling but i wouldn’t have hesitated to travel even when they were small if we could have afforded it.

Bearing in mind that we are Muslims you can see that we are very enlightened and believe in the rights of men and women. Although hubby would be nervous about me travelling alone, he understood the thirst i had for seeing new places and cultures and gave me his blessings. He put my care in Allah and in my good sense.

I have visited Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia  and Pakistan and i must say it opened my eyes and changed the misconceptions i had about so called third world countries. Unless you have been to these places you cant make a judgment by what you hear in the media. I won’t go into that here though.

My most loved place is Turkey where I/we have been going to for 16 years also having a second home there for 12 years .Its a beautiful place with good-natured hospitable people who are very welcoming.

Having mastered the worst pigeon Turkish we are able to communicate and make friends, watch tv and read newspapers. We have also explored non tourist areas in Turkey so i believe i have a right to say that  I understand the people and the culture.

On the whole Turkish people are torn between extremities of old and new but are seriously the most modern of Muslim countries. I have found that, just like anyone in any other country is that if you treat them with respect you get that back.

I do know that the tourist areas are probably the paces with the worst reputation for touting, hard selling and flirting and lone women should be aware and not believe everything they are told by the men. Most people in the tourist areas come from inland Turkey where they can live from hand to mouth so when they see an opportunity to benefit themselves they have no scruples regarding hitching up with a tourist. I have to admit that if i was in their shoes i might do the same.

Crimes against foreigners are not as common as many Americans think. In fact on the whole Turkey’s crime statistics are 10 times better than US. I have bought 3 properties over the years carrying large amounts of money from bank to bank in taxis and peoples cars, i have left my handbag twice in a taxi and in a restaraunt and had them delivered back to my home/hotel. I have been escorted by families late at night making sure that i get home safely. When electricity goes off for hours or even all day, people have sent food or lamps.  If you are a visitor in a home as a guest you will be treated like royalty. If you need help there is always someone willing to help you even go out of their way to do so. I love the way people in Turkey look out for each other. Everything is not perfect nor is it anywhere but i have never felt afraid or alone in Turkey.

I have travelled to many many countries, Muslim and Christian and the people are no different except in the way they look, dress or behave socially. I find that a majority of tourists treat the natives as if they are ignorant or stupid when in fact they themselves are the ones who are! People who don’t travel far from their own culture think that their way is the only way and the rest of the world are wrong.

If you are a woman travelling alone to Turkey or for that matter any country you are as safe as you would be anywhere follow the rules below.

  • Always research the place your going to making sure you stay in a populated reputable area.
  • Learn a bit of the language, it will be appreciated.
  • Let people know of your plans even at your hotel.
  • Be friendly with other women including the natives. You can get advice are even a companion.
  • Walk assertively and confidently.
  • Don’t go out with strangers or even go to any unpopulated area alone .
  • Consider wearing a (fake) wedding ring.
  • Trust your intuition.

Istanbul was the 5th most visited city in 2012

For The Love Of Annie


For The Love Of Annie.

Please find the time to read this and if you love animals particularly dogs it will touch your heart. If you can respond by either a donation, reblogging or liking on facebook you would be really helping.

Karen Wren runs a small animal shelter in Didim, Turkey trying to save abandoned and injured street dogs along with feeding up to eighty other hungry mouths on the beach, at the side of the road and in the forest each and every day. Sterling work don’t you think? There are no thank yous for this type of hero, because that’s exactly what she is although I don’t think she would thank me for saying that. Often when they are no funds, she is the one who puts her hands in her pocket to buy that much-needed dog food particularly during the leaner months when the tourists have all gone home.
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Simple Pleasures


I thought this post very poignant and educational which I hope my readers will take the time to read. Although my experience was not exactly the same on visiting my husbands family in Pakistan it was similar. This post brings back memories of visiting friends relatives in Konya, Turkey. A time I will never forget and although I found it hard I would certainly do it again and be more prepared. Genuine people and hospitality as tinky says far outweigh the materialistic needs we have got used to.

Crazy Train To Tinky Town

Last Christmas, we made the sixteen hour car journey to Kahramanmaraş to see some of Ahmed’s family.  As I slept for most of the journey, it wasn’t too much of a hardship for me and although I had suggested we stop halfway and stay at one of the many roadside inns, Ahmed was having none of it. True to his frugal roots he drove on through the night, however, we did stop at a couple of roadside cafes frequented by the many coaches taking hordes of passengers to visit their families during the holiday season.  I also soon discovered that the clothes I had packed back in England for a sunny Turkish resort weren’t equipped to deal with the very cold Kahramanmaraş weather.

Nothing had prepared me for the visit to Kahramanmaraş, as whilst I was warmly welcomed by Ahmed’s non-English speaking family to the point where they insisted I…

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Turkey here i come !


Turkey has become my second home and has a very special place in my heart.
I do like the hustle and bustle of the resorts, but i really do enjoy visiting the areas out of the tourist resorts, seeing the real Turkey.
Turkey is such a diverse country,and what the tourists  see isn’t really the ‘real’ Turkey,   its just a small part of a wonderful country that deserves  to be explored & appreciated.

I went out there 15 years ago for a 2 week holiday and came back with the legal documents to an apartment, after 4 months i went back to collect the deeds and that was that!. In 15 years i upgraded my apartment to luxury standard and had intentions of retiring there with hubby.

Unfortunately with many health problems that hubby insisted must be dealt with through our health care systems here in the UK i had to give up my dream. It was like a bereavement. I had planned and designed and had all the  furniture hand made to my own designs (not the sofa though)I didn’t settle for cheap stuff either or rent it out, it was supposed to be our retirement home. I had learnt the language enough to communicate, haggle and have a social life with the locals.  The Turkish are a wonderful nation.  They are very family orientated and love children and have great respect for their elders.  They will welcome you into their homes with open arms and share with you everything they have.   I have also learnt that with many in the tourist areas they are always looking to make some money out of the foreigners but i have become very wise now in how to deal with that lol.

I love the food, i love the fresh fruit ans vegetable which are all home grown. Alanya  is the only place in Turkey where bananas are grown and there is nothing like a banana straight from the tree 🙂

Last year we sold up but i am going back in 2 days time and cant wait to visit friends.I will go back to Antalya of course this time staying in a hotel in the lovely city of Alanya. I will miss getting up and having breakfast on my balcony, inviting friends round for dinner or a party and just having te freedom to do what i want. It wont be the same in a hotel 😦

I am still grateful to have had those 15 years and will never forget the good times and the stressful times of learning, adjusting and communicating. If any of my followers have not been to Turkey they should really give it a chance. they would be surprised to know that it is a very developed country in many aspects, yet again it is still a developing one in some others. The Turks are a very warm and welcoming people who will welcome foreigners and will be delighted to help them.

Another noteworthy point is that Turkey’s government has a tradition of being remarkably secular for a Muslim nation.

see you all in 2 weeks 🙂

Grand Okan


After selling our holiday home in Turkey we are now having to pay the full price for holidays. I was surprised at the prices, like £1000 for 2 for a week Wow!!! We didn’t know how lucky we were in that respect. Now i want to go back to Alanya and stay in the city for 16 days (we would have normally gone to our apartment for a month twice a year and it just cost us £500 for flights)

After searching for days i have finally found what i want at what i suppose is a reasonable price £1100 for 2 of us. I know the hotel so i know it has high standards……… so roll on May 🙂

4* – half board grand okan is located along one of the most famous beaches in Turkey – cleopatra beach. With its nightlife and shopping or peace and quiet, the okan hotel offers something for everyone. Accommodation there are 153 standard rooms. All of the rooms are wall to wall carpeted, and fully equipped with individual air conditioning, balcony, satelOfficial rating – 4* – half board grand okan is located along one of the most famous beaches in turkey – Cleopatra beach. With its nightlife and shopping or peace and quiet, the okan hotel offers something for everyone. Accommodation there are 153 standard rooms. All of the rooms are wall to wall carpeted, and fully equipped with individual air conditioning, balcony, satellite television, music, direct dial telephone, Internet connection, safe (extra charge), mini bar (extra charge), bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. The rooms have a view of the famous Taurus mountains, sea and/or pool view (with supplement). Food & beverage the restaurant has an outdoor capacity of 200 persons and an indoor capacity, fully air-conditioned with smoking and non-smoking areas, for 150 persons. The pool bar is open from early morning enabling guests to enjoy a drink or cocktails at any time. A snack bar by the pool offers a delicious variety of small snacks or large lunches. The mey bar is open all day with large screen tv, and the beach bar snack bar offers a light menu to guests to choose from whilst enjoying their day on the beach. There is also an a la carte restaurant with extra charge. Sports & leisure relax or sunbathe on the terrace or take a swim in the freshwater swimming pool, separate pool for children. There is also a pool table, table football, darts and table tennis. The internet cafe is open 24 hours and the beauty centre offers high-tech service with experienced specialists, who can help to revive guests complexion or prepare guests ready for a night out on the town. Sauna and massages are also available. Evening entertainment is usually two or three times a week including live music, leather show and turkish folklore and dance. Facilities & services free welcome drink, 24 hrs room service, car parking facilities, photographer, hairdresser, generator, two lifts, laundry service including dry-cleaning from monday to saturday, and 24 hour doctor on call, air conditioned meeting room with a capacity for 100 persons (flip chart, projection equipment). Wireless connection is available in the lobby, baby beds and baby high chairs are available free of charge, useful information on distances the sandy beach is only 50 m away, the town centre with its famous shops, bars, restaurants and nightlife is 1 km away or 5 minutes with the local bus. Tennis courts, basketball courts and a football field are only 100 m away.  Good accommodation with great food and excellent service is offered by the hotels British general manager.lite television, music, direct dial telephone, Internet connection, safe (extra charge), mini bar (extra charge), bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. The rooms have a view of the famous Taurus mountains, sea and/or pool view (with supplement). Food & beverage the restaurant has an outdoor capacity of 200 persons and an indoor capacity, fully air-conditioned with smoking and non-smoking areas, for 150 persons. The pool bar is open from early morning enabling guests to enjoy a drink or cocktails at any time. A snack bar by the pool offers a delicious variety of small snacks or large lunches. The mey bar is open all day with large screen tv, and the beach bar snack bar offers a light menu to guests to choose from whilst enjoying their day on the beach. There is also an a la carte restaurant with extra charge. Sports & leisure relax or sunbathe on the terrace or take a swim in the freshwater swimming pool, separate pool for children. There is also a pool table, table football, darts and table tennis. The Internet cafe is open 24 hours and the beauty centre offers high-tech service with experienced specialists, who can help to revive guests complexion or prepare guests ready for a night out on the town. Sauna and massages are also available. Evening entertainment is usually two or three times a week including live music, leather show and Turkish folklore and dance. Facilities & services free welcome drink, 24 hrs room service, car parking facilities, photographer, hairdresser, generator, two lifts, laundry service including dry-cleaning from Monday to Saturday, and 24 hour doctor on call, air conditioned meeting room with a capacity for 100 persons (flip chart, projection equipment). Wireless connection is available in the lobby, baby beds and baby high chairs are available free of charge, useful information on distances the sandy beach is only 50 m away, the town centre with its famous shops, bars, restaurants and nightlife is 1 km away or 5 minutes with the local bus. Tennis courts, basketball courts and a football field are only 100 m away. . Good accommodation with great food and excellent service is offered by the hotels British general manager.

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