I flew out of Perth far too early on the first day of school holidays, not terribly well assisted by attending a wine tasting event the night before. Thankfully, all went smoothly, and even though Perth Airport is undergoing renovations and the Customs and Passport Control people are now called Border Force (replete with new uniforms), I managed to bumble my way through. The flight was a bit bumpy, but we landed in BKK without incident, the only danger being the length of time we were unable to use the bathrooms because of turbulence!
We only had a couple of days in mainland China, and most of that was taken up with wedding preparations for G&L. L took us to “Breakfast Street”, a street food area where we tried lots of yummy snacks and soup. One of my favourites was the grilled squid legs — tasty!
My brother and sister-in-law organised a wedding in China to celebrate with her family and friends, so the family headed over to take part. On the way over, Mum and I had a few days of R&R in Macau before hitting Wuhan for the wedding.
I had mixed feelings about visiting Athens. Many people had told me it was “just another big city”, but I desperately wanted to visit the Acropolis (another fangirl moment!) and of course, that’s smack bang in the middle of Athens!
After a couple of hours of relatively smooth sailing, we crept into Heraklion harbour.
I’d chosen the Megaron hotel because it was near the harbour and I’d read good reviews about their service. It was only about a ten minute stroll from where we disembarked the ferry, so it was easy enough to drag my bags there. The hotel was lovely, with beautiful rooms. Mine had a view out to the harbour, which was fabulous!
After waving goodbye to J at Istanbul airport, the final four of us flew out to Santorini, via Athens. The trip was uneventful apart from a pretty heavy landing in Santorini – so much so that a few of us were checking the back of the plane as we disembarked to see if we’d had tail strike, but it appeared not.
After wending our way around the countryside, we flew back to Istanbul (after a few of the girls did a quick trip to the post office to make sure their bags weighed the regulation 20kg!)
Our last few days were just as frenetic as the previous ones, although we did manage to fit in the occasional hammam and massage. Continue reading
We moved the short distance from Kusadasi to Selcuk because A is great friends with Harry, who runs the ANZ Guesthouse in Selcuk. It’s like staying with family there. Mehmet who we met last time is also still there, but instead of he and his brother Ali having the carpet shop and another shop next door with other souvenirs, they’ve transformed the second shop into a restaurant, and have plans to close the carpet shop entirely to expand.
While we were in Selcuk we did a few short trips out of town, like catching the local dolmus around hair-raising bends on hills to Sirince, a small village about 20 mins away. The village was interesting, but had an influx of other tourists that day, plus a local wedding, so the streets were clogged. The markets were nice, and they had a few things we hadn’t seen elsewhere.
We were pretty happy to leave Bodrum for our trip around Afrodesias and Pammukale, but we were all very tired from our big night out the night before, and an early start again. The minibus was a bit cramped for our long driving legs, but we managed to fit all the luggage into it as well as ourselves. Continue reading