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Shirley's Holiday to Turkey...

june 15, 2010 02:46pm

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Hotel Gokce, Turunc

"Imagine, a small hotel with only 30 rooms, and owned by the same family for over 20 years. Situated in a peaceful location surrounded by palm trees, olive groves and gardens. With walking distance of the harbour and town centre, surrounded by natural amphitheatre of rock and pine woodland, and fields of fresh sweetcorn and lush natural surroundings.

Spend a lazy day around the peaceful sun soaked swimming pool with everything you will need at hand, with very friendly service - nothing is too much trouble for the staff. Then at lunchtime enjoy a tasty Turkish meal, home cooked and served with home grown vegetables and enjoy a chilled beer under the shade of the terrace. Then wander down to the harbour and perhaps take a water taxi accross to Icmeler or Marmaris. It's not expensive and it's a lovely cruise. Or why not take a stroll to the next bay of Amos and enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool clear water.

What about a little retail therapy? Visit the local market held once a week, selling lots of everything, and plenty of fun. Relax and pamper yourself with an orginal Turkish bath. Venture further afield, Turkey is full of history, visit Ephesus - one of the wonders of the ancient world.

In the evening there are many places to eat, all serving inexpensive traditional Turkish cuisine, there are lots of local vegetarian dishes, beans, borek (filo pastry with cheese), mezes and a mixture of different starters and a variety of salads as well as kebabs, and mouth watering tandoor, lamb that is cooked in an oven for up to six hours, and is delicious, all served with service which is friendly and attentive.

The Hotel is the Gokce and the resort is Turunc in Turkey, the first view you see from the top of the mountains with Turunc nestling in the small bay is unbelievable. The village of Turunc itself is fairly small; you can easily walk around it, however you often find that after a couple of days it takes considerably longer as by now the locals know your name and want to stop and chat about any subject under the sun. But what is so lovely about Turunc is that it is so peaceful and relaxing with hardly any traffic"

Turkey is only a four hour direct flight from Newcastle, and as well as great late deals the 2011 brochure is now on SALE!! With fabulous offers - 2 weeks for the price of 1 & 3 weeks for the price of 2! No single room supplements! And plenty of early booking discounts.

Shirley has just returned from her holiday so if you would like any further information just ring her 016977 2929 or email


Colette's Royal Caribbean Cruise - March 2010

april 07, 2010 12:42pm

I flew out to Florida on 27th March for a weeks cruise with Royal Caribbean, we flew into Orlando and spent the night in Orlando before being driven out to Port Canaveral to board the "Freedom of the Seas". Our itineray was CocoCay ( a private island in the Bahamas owned by Royal Caribbean) and then onto St Thomas and St Maarten.

This was an ideal time to go out to the Caribbean as the weather was in the high 80's and the sun shone all day!. Our cabin was located on deck 10 and we booked a balcony cabin that was lovely, as we took our 2 kids we had a bit more room to move around. Our kids are aged 15 & 12 so Freedom of the Seas is an excellent ship if you have kids as they have kids clubs with great facilities, an ice rink, flowrider and climbing wall, not to mention the brilliant shows that are on every night ranging from ice shows to broadway shows. You can also enjoy your cruise knowing that the kids are safe and well looked after.

There are many dining options onboard, the main restaurant is called Leonardos and this is a' la carte or if you prefer dining in a less formal atmosphere then you can head down to the Windjammer on Deck 11 where it is very relaxed and meals are buffet style. For the kids you can also go into Johnny Rockets but there is a $5 per person surcharge to eat there. It is very similar to a 50's style diner complete with jukebox and our kids loved it! Adults can also dine in the Portofino Restaurant for something a little bit more special but there is a $25 per person surcharge to eat there.

Shore excursions are an ideal way to see the ports of call, these can be pre-booked before you go or payable at Guest Relations when you board, but please book in advance as Freedom of the Seas carries over 4,000 passengers so it can get busy! You also have the option of visting the Kennedy Space Centre on the way back from your cruise.

As with any cruise they use a "cashless" system so anything you wish to purchase onboard is put onto your account and you can either pay with cash or credit card at the end of your cruise.

 If you are taking kids you also have the option to pre-book a soft drinks package so the kids can just re-fill as much as they like, this can be booked in advance or when you board but its well worth doing.

I would recommend this cruise to either couples or families as there is something for everyone - I am now in the process of booking another cruise for 2011!  As they say once you cruise you will always cruise!



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