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Team Collymochon Day 13 – Gatwick to Guernsey

80This is it – the final flight to Guernsey.

We had an absolutely phenomenal holiday with good friends and their children. Everyone got on well, barring a few arguments between the kids, and it was such a pleasure to spend time together.

We are fortunate to be able to enjoy amazing holidays and to have the opportunity to do this with friends who make an enormous difference to our lives.

Thankyou Worthingtons for sharing our holiday. This photo of the stats was nicked from Emma’s travel journal. We travelled a long way together and it was really worth it.

So, when is the next trip Team Collymochon?

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30
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Team Collymochon Day 12 – Dalaman to Istanbul to Gatwick

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The last stretch of our journey was a 90 minute flight from Dalaman Airport to Istanbul, a four hour layover and then a flight to Gatwick. Everything went really smoothly and the airline was pretty good. I would recommend them.

The kids were brilliant all day and seemed to enjoy the travelling. The kids even enjoyed the monirail trip between airport terminals at Gatwick but by the time we arrived we were pretty knackered and ready for an early dinner and the Premier Inn before our 8.30am flight the next day back to Guernsey.

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30
2019
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Team Collymochon Day 11 – Packing up

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We spent the morning by the pool, chilling out, swimming and tidying up.

Our flight the next day was even earlier than anticipated as Turking Airlines had changed our connections so we had to be at the airport at unGodly-o-clock so we decided to leave the night before needed and stay in a hotel near the airport.

It was pretty hard to leave the beautiful views above though.

We had a fantastic local company who collected us and took us to the hotel. We had a minibus to ourselves which was much appreciated and the kids almost all had a short nap.

The hotel was rather ‘rustic’ and it wasn’t the greatest of nights sleeps but it was clean and near to the airport!

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30
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Team Collymochon Day 10 – Water taxi to Ichmeler

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68On our last full day we caught the water taxi over to Ichmeler to see what it was like. It is much, much more touristy than Turunc, better developed with even more tacky shops and bars. Many more tourist resorts and tattooed men wandering along with their bellies hanging out. We had a short walk before getting the boat back and heading home.

We had lunch by the pool at our villa and then spent the afternoon relaxing at one of the heated pools. We also had to do some tidying up and packing before we went out for dinner. Eliza drew a fabulous picture of Musti’s boat.

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We have had a wonderful holiday and going home will be so sad for us all. One day I hope to return to this beautiful part of the world.

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30
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Team Collymochon Day 9 – Turunc

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After a busy day on the boat we had a more leisurely day today.

58 69The boys all went to play in the small play area at the HPB site and the girls wandered down to the village to buy Hammam towels, drink tea and buy some groceries. We also bought them a belly dancer outfit which was so cheap and poorly made it might not last the journey home!

We spent the afternoon by the pool. Perfect.

In the evening after we had bundled the children into bed we pulled out the Rummikib we had found in the games room and played a few competitive games. We also discovered a hugely amusing TV show called Homestead Rescue. Such a bizarre programme!

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Apr
20
2019
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Team Collymochon Day 8 – Musti’s Boat

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52We booked a whole day trip out today on Musti’s Boat. We had the most fantastic day out and the kids were shattered by the time we got home.

Musti and his helper made us feeling very welcome and Chase the dog was an enormous hit – he loved sitting on the paddleboard and looked most offended when the kids booted him off it.

We left at 10am and made our way around to a sheltered bay where we were able to go swimming – the sea was about the same temperature as in Guernsey in summer. Musti then cooked us delicious chicken and meatballs on the barbecue which is attached to the front of his boat and we were served barbecued meat, salads and breads for lunch along with wine and beer and soft drinks for the kids.

5448We then headed off to another bay where we hoped to see tutles, but they weren’t very obliging again. The kids once again headed off on the paddle board with some of the bigger children they had made friends with. We ate ice-creams before moving onto a final bay where Emma and I drank mojitos.

We arrived back at 5ish, a little sunburnt but having had a fabulous day. We even had tea at Tapas Mapas, the restaurant owned by Musti’s family. A fabulous day for everyone.

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Apr
19
2019
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Team Collymochon Day 7 – Turunc

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Another day of doing very little. We wandered down into the village in the morning and had a walk along the sea front – mainly scoping out where we were going to have tea!

42The village is lovely but definitely feels a little run down, however it is still the start of the season. I wonder whether it might improve over the summer or whether it always feels a little shabby.

Once again the kids headed straight for the playpark for a quick run about and then we headed back for lunch by the pool.

I am starting to feel properly relaxed.

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Apr
19
2019
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Team Collymochon Day 6 – Turunc

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We have had the most delightfully chilled out day after running about like lunatics over the last few days. It was been lovely to not have a schedule!

38We had a relaxed breakfast before wandering down to the little village of Turunc. It is a fairly typical fishing village which has a lovely natural harbour. At the moment there are not so many boats moored up as it is still early in the season and there are not heaps of tourists so we more or less had the place to ourselves. I can imagine that it is heaving in the height of summer.

We walked right along the edge of the harbour as far as we could go and watched the people getting boats ready for the water. Whilst we were having dinner in the evening a huge boat was being pushed along by a tractor and then they launched it.

37We have discovered that the children really are quire feral and they required a good run out at least twice a day. The Little Mister is a little like a rock in a catapult – he doesn’t just walk… he propels himself at great speed everywhere. So we took them to a little playground next to a building site and let them let off some steam before having the first icecream of the day.

We had lunch by the pool at our villa and then let the kids go swimming. The HPB Physkos site is absolutely gorgeous. The villa is plenty big enough for all of us and is really well equipped. We have a little pool right outside our villa and then there are two heated shared pools on the site. So far the kids have swum in all of them!

We had a delightful afternoon of swimming (kids), reading (adults), relaxing and doing very little. The kids also explored the games and activities are before a torrential downpour stopped play.

We wandered into the village to have dinner and then we returned and put the kids to bed and Emma and I spent a very happy few hours doing a jigsaw and watching a film. A perfect day.

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Apr
15
2019
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Team Collymochon Day 5 – Istanbul to Turunc

26So today started at the ungodly hour of 4am as we had an airport pickup at 4.40am. We ended up having a night easy transfer and then breezed through domestic departures at the new Istanbul Airport.

We were met by a driver who had a whole minibus for the 8 of us and we had a twisty, turny hour and 45 minute drive to get to the little fishing village of Turunc.

We are staying in one of the Holiday Property Bond (HPB) places and as usual it is of s lovely high standard. `we have our own (cold!) swimming pool and access to a couple of heated ones.

We went out for a super early tea as we have eaten at funny times and have 4 tired children and 4 tired adults.

Looking forward to a few days of rest and relaxation now after the hard sightseeing over the last few days!

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Apr
15
2019
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Team Collymochon Day 4 – Istanbul

Well our tour guide (Emma) had a another very day planned for us.

20We started with a good breakfast and then we headed out… into the rain! It was pouring just before we left and there were rivers of water running down through the park.

We walked through the park and streets to the grounds of the Topkapı Palace. It is an amazing palace which housed the many Sultans over the years along with all his concubines and children. It is the most beautiful structure with rooms filled with gorgeous tiles, fabrics and windows. Absolutely wonderful to look at but I am quite sure that it wasn’t the nicest place to live.

After a quick lunch in the square to avoid the showers we queued in the rain for the Hagia Sophia Museum – also known as the Aya Sophia.A truly beautiful mosque which is no longer used as a place of worship but contains some staggeringly beautiful pieces of art work and architecture. For the first 500 years or so it was a church and then ended up as a mosque. It was beautiful – especially the mosaics which were gold and seemed to sparkle in the light. Gorgeous.

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We then dragged the children to the Basilica Cistern which is a huge underground cavern built in the 6th century which could hold 80,000 cubic metes of water. It is beautiful and a little bit eerie and right at the end are two columns featuring intricately carved heads of Medusa.

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By now the children were flagging so we pushed on towards to Blue Mosque. Still a working mosque meant that we were required to remove our shoes and Emma and I were obliged to cover our heads. A beautifully decorated building it was a little hard to see the scale of the inside due to extensive scaffolding to undertake repair work to the fabric of the building.
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We ended our day with a walk back through the small roads and had dinner before returning to the hotel at a sensible time. We had to pack as we have a 4am airport pickup in the morning. Ouch!n My legs are definitely aching after 28,000 steps.

Istanbul has been such a delight – it has impressed me more than I could have imagined. The people have been pleasant, not pushy at all and a pleasure to interact with. The city has felt pretty safe and there has been significant, obvious security at all the major tourist attractions, even the Grand Bazaar. I would love to come back again.

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