Over Easy?

Ohhh! This feels so good – being home, I mean. Sun; blue skies; fresh air; no noise; neighbours who smile; Spring flowers; no traffic; chopping firewood while a robin serenades me; sleeping in my own bed; the sharp, affectionate attention of our 9kg (you read that right) ‘SAS badged’ moggy; and above and beyond all these – J! Yes! I’m glad to be back.

Weighed against the pleasures of being here are the pleasures of spending time with those I’ve left back there in the olive-drabness of Blighty. Daughter, grandsons, older sister and other relatives – between them they made this a memorable visit, crammed full of good things. I’ll not be quite so reluctant to run the gauntlet again of the ‘Jobswurfs’, Gestapo apparatchiks and general, all-round arse’oles that constitutes the corps of less-than-civil servants that seem drawn to airports (and me in particular) like ghouls to the Rue Morgue!

Turkey may lack English bitter beer and Stilton cheese, but it has everything else that this particular ‘Boffer’ needs to call it home; and at risk of being a total bore I’m going to say it again – it feels so good to be home!

Oh! and the title ‘Over Easy’? A small tribute to EasyJet and their cheerful cabin crew who made the flight back a really relaxing experience. That Airbus A320 might not have had reclining seats (not a bad idea when your nose is a bare 12 inches from the seat in front) but when only 10% of them are occupied there’s plenty of room to stretch out across the row and get your head down!

Alan Fenn, back home in Turkey


Guest Post on ‘easyJet’ Holiday Blog: Behind The Veil Of Tourism – the real face of Turkey

Okçular, where I live, is a relatively unknown, unexplored and unappreciated corner of Muğla Province – at least as far as tourists and visitors to this region are concerned, and yet it is staggeringly beautiful and bio-diverse. I recently got the chance to publish an article about this hidden gem on the EasyJet Holidays blog. Here’s a preview:

Half way between the tourist magnets of Fethiye and Marmaris and snuggled between mountains, lake and the world-famous İztuzu Turtle Beach lies the town of Dalyan set in the midst of Turkey’s first Specially Protected Area. Dalyan has long been a destination of choice for those who want to get a little bit closer to ‘Toprakana’; Mother Earth.

Beautiful as Dalyan is, it cannot compare with its immediate neighbour for those who love walking or cycling or peace and quiet and getting up close and personal with the natural world. If exploring away from the regimentation of guided tours is your thing, then . . .

Welcome To Okçular Village . . . to read the complete post click here


Kocadere Valley - Okçular

My thanks to the team at EasyJet Holidays for giving me this opportunity. I hope you enjoy exploring ‘Archers of Okcular‘, our sister website and I do hope you will come and visit Okçular Village – we are waiting for you!

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü