Holidaying in Turkey

We’ve had a very nice long break over the last couple of weeks and it seems that time in Turkey must tick by a lot faster than British time as it feels like its gone by in a complete blur. We did something this year that we’ve never done before and went back to exactly the same place as last year after finding a very nice little gem of a hotel. It was the strangest thing to meet a lot of the same people again who actually remembered you from last year. It was even stranger bumping into the same families and couples that had holidayed there the previous year and had decided to come again at a similar time. It was like meeting old friends and being introduced to new ones all at once.

Our holiday had come at the best of times and at the worst of times timing wise. We could have done with maybe another week at work to wrap up, a few more days for a potential appointment and a bit more time to organise. But no holiday is bad timing really and it was the perfect getaway to just completely relax as a family and spend some quality time together. My own personal schedule revolved around playing with Little Z, reading lots of books and visiting each of the food places serving all types of delicious Turkish food around the clock. All the zips of my dresses and tops are now paying for it and the Insanity DVD is calling out for me pretty loudly. I’m pretending I can’t hear it for just one more day. I took that many photos of just the desserts that I think I might just dedicate a blog post just showing them off. The Other Half preferred swimming a lot (and occasionally being shocked at how I could be hungry, again), whilst Little Z got over his hatred of the beach and just got mucky permanently in the “Sand pit”. He spent his first few days looking a bit surprised and confused at people who knew his name and who commented on how he’d become taller from his last visit. I’d forgotten how much Turkish people love Little Zs name and enjoyed listening to numerous people telling us about the origins of his name. “He was Mary’s uncle you know…a very good man in history you know”.

With the vast amount of children’s activities he was never bored. Each day was filled with the “little pool” or football or the park or the sandpit or water fights. Energy levels were endless and the staff were fantastic. He made friends and would look for them at dinner time and then have a random chat about something. Even if they were German or Russian. On one occasion he had 3 other children following him and copying him as he acted “the Teacher”. Amazingly the children actually listened to him. I’m still not sure how he did it but I made a point of telling their Dad how good they were and couldn’t believe they made him sit down for more than a minute.

Of course we still couldn’t get Little Z to eat too much and even the waiters joined in each lunch and dinner time to coax him into eating even half of his food. It actually worked and he’d take another bite of something as they passed our table jokingly pointing to him or standing in front of him, hand on hips. There was the odd (plus a few) tantrums in the restaurant and, thankfully, all the other families didn’t care one bit. Each of them engrossed in trying to get their own brood to feed. There was one couple though who we nicknamed “the judgey couple”. The couple stared at every disobedient child, without blinking. Even when we looked over they were unnerved. They just stared. Hard and long. To everyone. No words to each other. Just staring. A lot. Maybe they just liked observing. Maybe they just didn’t blink. Who knows.

They didn’t bother us too much really and having that massive distance away from the never ending circle of routine really let us reset ourselves and evaluate the life plan we’d never really formulated. It was all very random pondering but we pondered how we are incredibly lucky and fortunate to have our little family, our little house and our little lives. Maybe we won’t go back to exactly the same place next year, but its so warm and welcoming that maybe we will. Istanbul was amazing even though it was a crazyily long 21 hour round trip – that deserves a post all of its own. Still. It was worth it. New York MAY be doable with a 3 year old. The Other Half doesn’t agree. He’s wrong. Obviously. Maybe we’ll just do a cheap little break somewhere at the end of the year. Maybe. 🙂

Turkey 9

Turkey 7

Turkey 6

Turkey 5

Turkey 4

Crocs

Turkey 1

Turkish Tea

Turkey 3


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31 Comments

  1. Abigail {cuddles&crumbs} June 16, 2014 / 5:26 am

    What a lovely vacation! Funny, that you’ve met the same families from your previous trip.
    We like to annoy “judgey family” by being extra difficult when we encounter one on your trip.
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  2. Mummy Tries June 16, 2014 / 5:58 am

    Stunning photos Tas! Even if the timing wasn’t perfect (when is it ever?) still sounds like you had an amazing time 🙂 Love Little Z telling everyone where his name came from. Turkey looks beautiful, I’ve only been once for a week years ago, would love to go back. It looks super family friendly #MagicMoments
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  3. Mummy Says June 16, 2014 / 6:11 am

    Gorgeous photos. Having recently been on a brilliant family holiday with the kids to a resort on Kos I understand why you booked the same place as last year. WHen something works – go with it! Looks wonderful there. x
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  4. Sarah MumofThree World June 16, 2014 / 6:37 am

    It sounds fantastic. It’s lovely that Z made so many friends and was made to feel so welcome (apart from the judgey couple!). No wonder you went back again!
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  5. brummymummyof2 June 16, 2014 / 6:38 am

    Oh lovely piccys! Looks like you had a beautiful time. Me and the fam went to a really nice resort in Lanzerote this year and I would like to go again next year. It seems off going to the same place doesn’t it? But because holidays are such an important time I want to make sure we get it right so I may well start saving and get booking after reading this!! xxx
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  6. Jenny June 16, 2014 / 8:34 am

    That’s awesome you all had such a great time and love that Z made so many friends. I love love all your photos. They are all so stunning. Way to go you for capturing amazing moments to remember forever. Lovely post. Always great when family holidays go smoothly and fun! #whatsthestory #magicmoments
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  7. Iona@Redpeffer June 16, 2014 / 10:14 am

    There’s something to be said for returning to places you know you’ll have fun at. I’d never have done that before having children, but I know I enjoy myself so much more if I know they’re going to have fun too and I’m nit going yo have to worry. New York sounds interesting-only ever been as a grown up on my own! Lovely photo’s too.
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  8. suzanne3childrenandit June 16, 2014 / 10:31 am

    Your holiday looks and sounds absolutely amazing! I think Turkey is a fabulous place for families – endless sunshine and loads to see and do. It’s also very affordable and I agree with you – the food is incredible! Please tell me which hotel you went to, we’re always looking out for good ones as it can be a bit ‘hit and miss’ at times x x
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  9. we3three June 16, 2014 / 10:40 am

    looks like you had a brill time, id love a sunny holiday right about now! i would have no doubt said something loud enough for the judgy judgersons to hear to the embarrassment of my hubby! lovely pics.

  10. Foz June 16, 2014 / 11:29 am

    Sounds like you had a fantastic time! Thankfully we didnt come across any judgey couples when we went!

    loving the photos!
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  11. Jess Paterson June 16, 2014 / 12:22 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Sounds like a brilliant hol. Glad you didn’t let the judgey couple spoil your fun – why don’t they go to adult-only hotels, pray?! That made me smile about the waiters trying to get Z to eat – how cute is that! (Were they cute? Hope so :))
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  12. Tarana June 16, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    We visited Turkey before Little Dude was born, and it was the best holiday ever! I would love to go again, and by looking at your photos, I gather you had a great time! Too bad about the ‘judgey couple’ though, but people like that are best ignored. #MagicMoments
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  13. Glenda - Dining In June 16, 2014 / 2:44 pm

    We had a couple of very nice holidays in turkey too. I guess it depends which part you go to as the country is so vast. Glad you enjoyed it. Nice photos
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  14. Charly Dove June 16, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    Love the photos Tas, remember it from last year and it looks just as fabulous. What a treat to be there again – sounds wonderful. We went to Turkey a few years ago and loved it, such a great destination. Hope you’re feeling suitably relaxed. Thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory
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  15. The Reading Residence June 16, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    It does sound like you had an amazing time there, again. If you loved it there before and knew it to be child friendly, that’s a great plan. Time always sneaks away faster on holiday, doesn’t it?! x
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  16. Hayley @hayleyfromhome June 16, 2014 / 9:26 pm

    Oh all your dessert photos looked so good on instagram! I remember reading your post from last year and Z looks so much more grown up and outgoing in these photos it sounds like such a lovely holiday and one you really needed I’m sure. It baffles me people who have so little tolerance for children, we have all been there with the public tantrums and I would never judge another family for it! Glad you have a good time and I would enjoy some post holiday indulgence too 🙂
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  17. Sara (@mumturnedmom) June 16, 2014 / 10:31 pm

    I LOVE your photos, beautiful. Sounds like a lovely break, and there’s something nice about the familiar x #MagicMoments
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  18. The Mummy Diary June 17, 2014 / 9:20 am

    Loks like a lovely holiday, the sand on the beach looks wonderful. We’ve never been to Turkey but it does look wonderful, I now want to go on holiday though and just relax 🙂 #magicmoments
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  19. older mum in a muddle June 17, 2014 / 4:39 pm

    Sounds like you all had a wonderful time…. and also sounds like you made the right decision in going back to the same place – nothing wrong with familiar faces and environment, that would have allowed you all to really relax straight away. I love that about holidays…. how they make you rethink your life! X

  20. Sophie Lovett June 17, 2014 / 4:43 pm

    What a beautiful selection of pics. Looks (and sounds) like you had a really lovely break. I’ve never been one for going back to the same place on holiday but I can totally see the appeal with kids once you find somewhere that works well!
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  21. Emma T June 17, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful time and just what a holiday should be like. You and your OH sound like me and mine on holiday. Once I’ve finished breakfast, I need to know the plan for lunch and then the same after lunch for tea. Important thing, knowing where food is coming from especially when it’s good.

    I’m not sure I’d take N to NY. But that’s more because if I’m in a city, I just want to walk everywhere, and you can’t do that with a 3yo. We’re doing London in August for the day to go to a children’s theatre show, but I’m already a bit concerned about that, and how far he will/won’t walk. I guess people live there with children, so it must be fine. I think a short break there with a child isn’t realistic, you’d need to coordinate it with a longer trip going elsewhere as well.
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  22. TheBoyandMe June 17, 2014 / 10:41 pm

    What a wonderful holiday you’ve had, thoroughly deserved because you both need a break. I love the way Z has come into his own, and I’ve seen your Pinterest board with all the Turkish recipes that sound delicious.

    Oh and NY is totally doable with a 3yr old: 7/8 hour flight and 30 minute taxi ride into Manhattan.

    #blogsRus
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  23. Zena's Suitcase June 19, 2014 / 10:06 pm

    I’ve been back to the same place about 16 times, is that sad! We love it though, and seeing the same people is apart of the charm. It looks and sounds like you had a great time
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