Photos and Memories Of Our Holiday in Turkey

One of my plans for our holiday to Turkey was for me to sit on the sun lounger for ages. Not sun bathing but sitting with my camera, learning how to use it, whilst Little Z and OH had hours of fun in the pool. Then I could wander down the busy streets in Side and the harbour taking arty photos of the vibrant surroundings that comes with the Turkish culture.

It didn’t quite work out like that. Little Z preferred the playing areas and kids clubs to the pools and to make use of his feet, constantly. So my plan went the way of his feet very quickly and ran away from me. We chased him down the busy streets lined with shops. We did this on a number of days and he became a favourite of the shop owners who would call his name to say hello whenever he passed. He would never stop for long though, wanting to run along the harbour whilst quickly admiring the horizon and boats neatly lined up in the docks. Ocassionally he would stop to point out things that caught his eye. A brightly lit lamp, a flower, a flag. In return he tried to wait patiently for us whilst we admired the ruins of Apollo’s temple.

My favourite little memory was when we waited and waited for the sun to set so that we could see the remains of the sunlight bouncing off the ruins. Toddler patience started wearing thin and his eager legs wanted to run off to see the turtles that were sleepily settled in their tanks outside a cafe watching tourists walk by. As the sun finally hid behind the cloud and darkness started to descend he suddenly noticed something was amiss and enquired “Where moon gone?”

So in the end, I did get to use my camera a lot. Just unexpectedly it was mostly led by a toddlers curiosity, learning a new culture and taking in new sights.

“We go on boat now?”

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“It’s boken (broken) Mummy”

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“Shall we get it?”

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“I no want it”

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Still “boken”

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“Flag!”

Street Light in Turkey

“Look. Light!”

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“Shall we go dancing?”

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“Where Moon gone?”

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“Shall we go now?”

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54 Comments

  1. AtoZ Mummy June 24, 2013 / 6:49 am

    Lovely pics!! X

  2. 3yearsandhome June 24, 2013 / 6:54 am

    These are wonderful! Love the colours. We’re off out for the day on Thursday and planning to take my big camera with me. Need to read up a little on how to use if first though.

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 9:09 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 I still don’t know how to use about 90% of mine!

  3. Sarah MumofThree World June 24, 2013 / 7:00 am

    Absolutely beautiful! The photos are stunning and Z’s little phrases are priceless. It’s fantastic to record them because it’s amazing how quickly you forget them otherwise.

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:46 pm

      So true – he has started expressing himself a lot more so wanted to give his opinions on pretty much everything!

  4. Lauren June 24, 2013 / 8:03 am

    What beautiful photos, I think your camera work is excellent. Where were you by the way?

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you 🙂 We were in Turkey – In Side. Very beautiful place to visit.

  5. Amanda Walsh June 24, 2013 / 9:19 am

    Lovely pictures, Im looking at getting myself a new camera soon my old digital one is a bit tired now 🙁

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:47 pm

      OHhhhh you should! I love snapping away with mine!

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:48 pm

      Thanks very much – It was a really lovely holiday. I would love to go back again soon! Wishful thinking really to be honest 🙂

  6. Jaime Oliver June 24, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    wow it looks like you had an amazing time!! the pictures are just stunning!!

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments xx

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:48 pm

      Thanks Jaime! It was a good week in a lovely place. x

  7. WallyMummy June 24, 2013 / 2:35 pm

    It looks like you had a lovely time – brilliant pictures x With one at 18 months old the idea of having time to take pictures and lie still for ANY amount of time is a distant dream… *stare off wistfully* but I’ll get there eventually! lol 😉 x

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:49 pm

      I know what you mean. I think I must have had a delusional moment when I thought I was going to get to just relax on the sun loungers!

  8. Mama Syder June 24, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    Oh my word, stunning photo’s! x

  9. Jane June 24, 2013 / 4:09 pm

    Amazing photos, I really need to do more with my camera! I love the photo of the lights.

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:51 pm

      Thanks! I think I am a bit addicted to mine at the moment!

  10. sarahhillwheeler June 24, 2013 / 4:22 pm

    Wonderful pictures. It is amazing how you start looking at things differently through the eye of a camera. Looks like you were having fun with the macro function!

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:52 pm

      Yes definitely – its something I’ve only discovered very recently!

  11. Sara (@mumturnedmom) June 24, 2013 / 5:26 pm

    Brilliant photos, I love the ‘boken’ ones, and the lights are just so pretty! Hope you had a lovely time x #MagicMoments

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:53 pm

      I couldn’t believe he said that – he wasn’t that impressed with the ruins at all! 😀

  12. TheBoyandMe June 24, 2013 / 5:49 pm

    Well done you, beautiful, STUNNING photos. Glad you had a good time (but you should have been at Britmums!)

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:54 pm

      Ahhh thank you – I would have loved to have been there. Next year? 🙂

  13. Suzanne June 24, 2013 / 5:56 pm

    Gorgeous pictures. I recognise the Turkish ruins – we went there on an incredibly hot day in August – kids weren’t overly impressed! I still don’t know how to use my camera and it’s just an automatic one!

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:55 pm

      Haha – little Z wasn’t that impressed either!

  14. Shell Louise June 24, 2013 / 6:27 pm

    Stunning photos, especially the Lantana flowers. They’re one of my favourites 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:56 pm

      Ahh thanks – I didn’t know what most of those flowers were though!

  15. Katie @mummydaddyme June 24, 2013 / 6:31 pm

    Beautiful photos, I love the sunset ones. Looks like you had a great time. X

  16. Michelle June 24, 2013 / 7:04 pm

    Lovely photographs – I especially love the orange flower – very pretty! x

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:58 pm

      I have no idea what that is but that’s one of my favourites too!

  17. Mummy of Two June 24, 2013 / 7:28 pm

    Some lovely pictures – bet you had an amazing time!

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 8:59 pm

      Thank you – we really did, it was a really lovely place!

  18. Xandi | The Mummy Scripts June 24, 2013 / 10:09 pm

    Love this post! Made me giggle – all these beautiful pics and Z’s running commentary throughout – cute! You have mastered the camera much more than me! x

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 9:00 pm

      Haha thanks! He loved visiting most places but wanted to always go dancing at the end of it! You will get there – took me a while for the penny to drop with mine!

  19. Charlotte June 25, 2013 / 11:07 am

    Great photos! Love the last one! x

  20. nortonmum June 25, 2013 / 10:03 pm

    Lovely photos, makes me want to go there.

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 9:06 pm

      Its definitely worth a visit – book it! 😉

  21. MummyTries June 26, 2013 / 6:53 pm

    Gorgeous pics. I’m sure in a few weeks you’ll only remember the good bits of the holiday 🙂

  22. Mum2BabyInsomniac June 27, 2013 / 8:42 pm

    Love the yellow flower one. I still need to learn how to use my camera properly, as well as a million other things I have to do! If only there was more time! x

    • Notmyyearoff June 29, 2013 / 9:07 pm

      I know exactly what you mean – one day I may actually learn to use manual properly. Its all a bit of a fluke at the moment.

  23. older mum in a muddle July 4, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    Those pictures are fabulous – beautiful colours and really interesting compositions. Love the captions too! X.

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