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REVIEW: Why Glamping is the new way to camp – Our experience with Glamping Hub

Glamping is a new term to Turkey and one I hope that catches on! Glamping is the slang word for ‘glamorous camping’ and it’s a great alternative to being in nature without the nature being on you! This fall we used Glamping Hub and booked a weekend at Saklı Göl Evleri. (Listen in to our podcast episode041 to hear about this experience as well!)

I had considered some glamping locations for our travels through SouthEast Asia but camping in another country can mean different rules and would have to figure out where to even camp. Sometimes the culture of camping can definitely be foreign. Choosing to stay with a glamping hub location meant someone else knows the rules and takes care of the details.  

Don’t misunderstand, I am a camping girl! I love the campfire, morning smells of tree and dew, and the sounds of nature. However, when we left the states to move to Turkey, we left all our camping equipment behind. Maybe one day we will bring it over, but even then it would be hard to transport it since we do not own a car. So what do you do when you want to go camping but don’t have the convenience of it? 

Our new solution is glamping of course!

Here are a few reasons we loved Glamping over camping:

  1. We don’t have to buy all the equipment!
  2. We don’t have to bring all the equipment!
  3. Never worry about getting cold. Glamping locations usually come with comfy, warm linens and a heater!
  4. Rain? Stay inside your nice warm cabin and enjoy the view… or TV.
  5. Budget friendly!
  6. Food is provided or available for purchase. Well… at least ours was!

Glamping Hub is the perfect blend of comfort in the middle of nature.

Staying with Glamping Hub was not just a place to sleep, but an experience. Jason and I wanted to experience the Glamping sites that Turkey had to offer! The booking process is easy and the website is user-friendly. Sign up, search a location or country for a glamping host, and message the guide to check for availability if needed. Or if you prefer, just book right away. You can save properties you find interesting at a later date.

Just an hour drive north of the popular summer destination of Antalya lies several man-made lakes created by a few electrical dams. For years, the place we stayed at was only used as a daytime getaway for those wanting to spend a day outside of the city in the mountains, enjoy a breakfast or lunch with family, or relax the whole day with friends. Within the last 5 years, the owner has slowly created a weekend retreat by building tents and cabins into the side of the mountain above the restaurant. It has such a modern feel to it that you forget you are staying in a tent!

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Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

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Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

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The tents and cabins are equipped with private bathroom with a waterfall shower (some even have a personal jacuzzi!), a LED TV, a minibar, self-regulated air-conditioning/heating, a hairdryer, a sofa, and 2 armchairs, and a closet to store your belongings. Daily cleaning services are available as well. The best part about the tents and cabins is the balcony because each comes with a panoramic view of the lake where you can watch the colors of sunrise and sunset!

Activities are easy to come by here. Bicycles and canoes are available to rent at an hourly or day rate. Ask for a map of the area from the manager and pick one of the walking/hiking paths and go by foot or bike.  If you have a larger group, the owner can organize a boat tour for fishing or one that takes you through the small river connecting 2 of the lakes. For history lovers, Sagalassos, Kremna, and the Ancient city of Milyos are some of the historical places you can visit nearby.

Enjoy ordering Turkish food from the barbecue restaurant. On a hot summer day, the natural spring water infinity pool is the perfect place to sunbathe. The facilities are family-friendly, providing a playground and shallow pool area for children. Multiple sitting areas mean you can enjoy different views of the lake or find solitude away from other guests.

 

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Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

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Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Our time at the Saklı Gol Evleri was amazing. From the friendly greetings and tea offered upon our arrival to the beautifully designed rooms with a view, we loved everything about our stay here. Our room had a panoramic view of the lake where we enjoyed the mornings while our drinking coffee. The self-regulated heater and down comforters on the beds allowed us to always be at a comfortable temperature.

Breakfast was provided for us (although it may not be included with all rooms) but it looks as if it could feed more than just the 2 of us! The gozleme, or Turkish quesadilla, filled with cheese and parsley came to us hot and fresh. We definitely started craving it by the time we left! Lunch and dinner are on your own but there is always a cook on hand to take orders. We found that the delicious Turkish breakfast filled us up until dinner time.

Nature walks and relaxing filled our time here. One day we drove to Sagalassos, the ancient ruins of a city dating back to the Hellenistic period and Roman Empire situated at an altitude of 1450–1700 meters. Another time, we joined the boat tours that weaved through the small river connecting the lakes. The last morning we woke up early and watched the sunrise on the top of the Karacaören mountain!

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Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

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Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

Catie FunkTravels Turkey Saklı Göl Evleri

 

Our weekend glamping was such a wonderful experience for us. With a unique resource of hand-picked destinations around the world, I’ll definitely be booking with Glamping Hub again! Not only did we find a new place to visit, we found a new way to travel. We suggest that if you want to see the true beauty of Turkey and enjoy the quiet, serene nature, stay at Saklı Göl Evleri!

If you want to see more pictures from different Glamping trips others went on, then go check out the Glamping Hub Instagram. This is where I first went to get some inspiration and became curious about locations near us.

I want to give a huge thank you to *Glamping Hub and *Saklı Göl Evleri for our complimentary stay. It was truly beautiful.

 

For more information:

Our Glamping Location –Saklı Göl Evleri

Website: Glamping Hub

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/localguddy/

Podcast episode about our experience: EPISODE041: When Glamping becomes your new favorite hobby

 

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[DISCLAIMER: *This post was in collaboration with a brand.* I was not paid for this post. However, I did receive a complimentary voucher from Glamping Hub and a stay from Saklı Göl Evleri a travel writer and expat blogger. One of the purposes of our website is to highlight tours and services for travelers like ourselves. At the same time, we will not recommend businesses/activities we do not think our readers will enjoy regardless of the friendship we create along the way.]

 

REVIEW: Touring Bangkok’s Floating Markets with LocalGuddy

If you are anything like me, you prefer a local’s Airbnb over a pricey hotel, the hole in the wall restaurant with delicious street food over a fancy waitlist restaurant, and biking through local parks instead of a huge guided group tour. If you aren’t from the area and your time is limited, it could be hard to experience the city like a local. Local Guddy was created to help with that.

The new Istanbul-based start-up, Local Guddy, “connects travelers and locals through unique local tour and experiences.” Now, most major cities have a few local guides ready to give you a customized experience for half the cost!

The booking process is easy and the website user-friendly. Sign up, search your city for a tour, and message the guide to check for availability. Much like other ‘shared economy ‘ websites, the guide and the traveler are both able to write a review about their experience and the person. You can choose your tour and guide, just as much as the guide can choose you!  We did have a couple of issues with 1 or 2 guddies not writing us back, but I am thankful for that since our guide was so amazing.

 

 

Our travels through SouthEast Asia this summer took us to some pretty cool places. While planning our first stop in Bangkok, we knew that we wanted to experience one of the local floating markets. The markets can be crowded and the language and food are definitely foreign. Choosing to tour the market with a Local Guddy guide was the best of both worlds.

Our tour started in downtown Bangkok at a local metro stop where our group of four met our Local Guddy guide named Imp. We promptly hailed a taxi and chatted throughout the half hour drive out to the “Khlong Lat Mayom” floating market. Imp is a university student in Event Management using Local Guddy to do some work and gain experience on the side. The hours allow her to work at her available time and practice one of the many languages she knows with foreigners from all over the world.

After arriving at the market, Imp led up through the narrow single walkways of booths and vendors telling us about all the different types of food. Some of the vendors offered us samples, and other times we just make notes about what we wanted to try more of later. After buying a few Thai teas and finding a table, Imp took inventory of what we wanted to try for ‘lunch’ and went off to gather the smorgus-board of food for us*.  She took care of all the money, communication, buying, and questions for us!

Here are all the foods we tried at the Floating Market: (I’m not sure if I can even remember what all of them are now!)

  • Papaya salad
  • Pad Thai
  • Satae grilled chicken
  • Deep-fried pork belly
  • Jackfruit
  • Thai Sweetmeat
  • Durian
  • Rice Cracker
  • Thai tea
  • Fried chicken wings
  • Mung Bean Thai custard
  • Orange dessert in the leaf- Khanom tan (toddy palm cake)
  • Curry crab
  • Somboon Seafood
  • Pad Thai
  • Krua apsorn Bangkok

 

After thoroughly enjoying our meal, we took a 2-hour boat tour around the neighboring villages via the intricate canals and waterways for only 100 Baht (appx $3). If I did have my google maps, I would have never remembered where we went! The boat tour took us to a stop where we saw an old traditional Thai home preserved against the tide of modernization.  From there, we walked through the villages by foot (definitely no access for cars and very limited access for bikes and motorcycles) to meet the boat at another destination.

Imp was with us all the way and enthusiastically answered all our questions about the Thai culture, the villages, food, and whatever else came to mind.  I know for sure that a self-guided experience would never have yielded such an enjoyable time at the Floating Markets!

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in being a guddy or guide, for Local Guddy, for your local area, the process seems quite simple to sign up. The team even provides training for those unsure about being a guide, the special Guddy Academy to teach you how to be a better guide.

 

For more information:

Our Tour link

Website: https://www.localguddy.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/localguddy/

Email: [email protected]

(*Note: We paid our fee of our tour in cash when we met. Other tours offer an online payment option. Check the tour description for this.)

 

Read more about others’ experiences with Local Guddy:

Interview with the founders of Local Guddy

Local Newspaper article

LocalGuddy Review in Rome 

 

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[DISCLAIMER: *This post was in collaboration with a brand.* I was not paid for this post. However, I did receive complimentary tours a travel writer and expat blogger. One of the purposes of our website is to highlight tours and services for travelers like ourselves. At the same time, we will not recommend businesses/activities we do not think our readers will enjoy regardless of the friendship we create along the way.]

 

EVENTS: Arkas Sanat Merkezi’s Landscape of Water Exhibition

From September 20 to December 29, 2017, Arkas Art Center (Arkas Sanat Merkezi) is hosting Landscapes of Water (Su Manzaraları) collection. As a member of the IWAI, I attended with a group of ladies on a special guided tour to hear about the collection. You may remember this groups from last year’s Christmas Bazaar or our outing to the Costumn Museum in Doğanbey and Priene.

Located in a beautiful sea view side the French Honorary Consulate Building, the Arkas Art Center was created with the art-lovers in mind sharing collections and art interest with others as the wish of Mr. Lucien Arkas, the President of the Board of Directors of Arkas Holding. The building itself has a long history.  Construction of the building started in 1825 and took about 10 years to complete. Throughout the next 100 years, the structure has survived several earthquakes and an even a couple of fires.

 

The French Government assigned the building to be used for a 20 year period for cultural and artistic purposes, and after renovations, opened in 2011. Now it is one of the first centers in Izmir that has hosted international painters.

Spanning throughout the 10 exhibition rooms over 2 floors, Landscapes of Water contain landscape paintings dating from the first half of the 19th century to the second half of the 20th century.  The paintings represented several artistic movements such as such as the Barbizon School, Impressionism, Symbolism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, and Expressionism. Artist represented include works of Eugéne Boudin, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Maurice de Vlaminck, Francis Picabia, Henry Lebasque, and Hippolyte Camille Delpy, among others.

The Arkas Art Center says:

Landscapes of Water “reflects” the historical evolution of the pictorial medium over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. Here you will find the remarkable They invite the viewer on a fabulous odyssey through diverse geographic areas, from the banks of the Seine and the Scottish lakes to the summits of the Alps, by way of the warm light of the Mediterranean, the North Sea and the rivers of Europe.”

Being my first art gallery viewing in Izmir, I found the gallery to be well-maintain and beautifully displayed. I found the impressionist pieces to be some of my favorite, similar to a Monet type of painting. Both upstairs and downstairs are projector screen which brings the paintings and movement of the sea to life. I found an area for children to color their own painting to match the ones on display. A favorite of everyone was a luminous sunset painting that looked as if it was glowing, but instead just showed the power of colors and the impressive creations of an artist with oil paints, a canvas, and a brush.

 

 

How to get there:

The center does not have any private parking. From the Alsancak Ferry, the center is about a 12-minute walk West along the coast. From the Pasaport Ferry, it is a 7-minute walk East along the coast.

Entrance Information:

Entrance is free. Lockers are available for large bags, belongings, jackets, umbrellas, etc. on the ground floor.

Tours:

Free guided tours are provided in Turkish or English for a minimum of 5 people upon request on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Tours for children are also available in similar form. See information below for contact details and operating hours.

 

For more information:

ARKAS ART CENTER

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00  (Entrance Free)
Thursday: 10:00 – 20:00  (Entrance Free)

Website: http://www.arkassanatmerkezi.com

Address: 1380 Sokak No:1 Alsancak, İzmir

Phone: + 90 (232) 464 66 00, + 90 (232) 464 60 06

For Guided Tour Reservations:  0232 464 66 00

Email: [email protected]

 

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2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

EVENTS: Ballet at the Ancient Theater of Ephesus

In September, we attended 1 of the 3-part annual “İzmir Efes Opera and Ballet Days” (Devlet Opera ve Balesi Genal Müdürlüğü) sponsored by the T.C. Culture and Tourism Ministry (T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı). The festival is part of a country-wide initiative to preserve and promote opera and ballet arts in Turkey.  They are not only held in Ephesus but also other major cities throughout the country.

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The first of the 3 part series began with the  “Gala Concert”, on Saturday, September 16. At the concert, the İzmir State Opera Orchestra performed pieces as well as accompanied an Italian soloist, Soprano Daniela Cappiello, and tenor, Gianluca Terranova. The second part on September 19, the Istanbul State Opera performed compositions from the 18th century, influenced by Ottoman culture and life in Europe. The closing performance, a ballet of “Romeo and Juliet,” was held on September 22 accompanied by a live orchestra.

At 30 Turkish Lira (approximately $8) a ticket, an event in the ancient theater of Ephesus is actually affordable to the general public. We definitely took advantage of attending at least one event! While we purchased our tickets quite easily online, our seats were not specified to any location in the theater. I heard some of our friends purchased their tickets for 15 TL from another source. Even others were about to purchase tickets with reserved seating.

Tips and tricks: The performance is (literally) in a 2,000-year-old theater made of stones and marble, and I suggest for your comfort to bring pillows for your seats! Also, blankets will keep you warm if the evening becomes a little chilly and windy.  Since there is only 1 way in and out and limited parking in the lower arena of Ephesus, get there early and be patient when leaving! We had a rental car, but there are plenty of taxies available for transport.

Since the ballet didn’t start until 9 pm, we decided to make a weekend of it and stayed Friday night in the Ayasoluk Hotel and Restaurant in the nearby city of Selçuk. The next day, after a leisurely breakfast, we spent the day exploring the House of the Virgin Mary, the Grotto of the Seven Sleepers, and the Basilica of St. John before heading back to Izmir.

Seeing Ephesus at night was a rare treat I hope everyone can enjoy at least once!

 

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2017Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

2017 Catie Funk Travels Ephesus Ballet Izmir Turkey

For more information: 

İZMİR EFES OPERA AND BALLET DAYS

Website: http://www.dobgm.gov.tr/opera2013/menu.aspx

Address: Ephesus Antique Theater

When: Every September

 

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Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

TURKEY: Selçuk’s Ayasoluk Hotel and Restaurant

The grounds of Ayasoluk Hotel look as if they have always been there. The wooden gate entrance built into the stone wall opens up to a small courtyard with old sewing desks transformed into a sitting area.  The arching vines draped over the path as it curves around the first building, housing 8 rooms and the reception office, opens up to a large terrace complete with a pool, bar and restaurant, and an outdoor sitting area with a view overlooking the historic landmarks of Isabey Mosque, the Basilica of St. John, and the Temple of Artemis.

You would never guess that these homes weren’t here 100 years ago. The detail of design and choices of woodwork and masonry makes the home look extremely well renovated at best. But that is far from the truth. The owner started this mix of a modern and antique hotel from the foundation and worked slowly over four years to create his lifelong dream.

Since 5 years of age, the owner of Ayasoluk, Aydin Can, has been in the business of selling carpets through his father’s shop in eastern Turkey.  After leaving to attend school in Istanbul, he later wanted to continue his father’s carpet business in Selçuk near the Aegean coast and in 1999 started Black Sheep Carpets selling quality rugs to people all over the world. His specialty is working with clients to find the right rugs for their space and home.

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Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Our group, another couple and us, planned to attend the annual ballet at the 2,000-year-old antique theater in Ephesus. Having only made day trips to Ephesus, we decided to make a weekend of it and booked two rooms at the Ayasoluk hotel in the nearby city of Selçuk. After work on Friday, we drove an hour and a half hour down the hotel to drop off our belongings, enjoy dinner, and head to the ballet just five minutes away.

Before arriving at the hotel, Aydin’s wife, Sarah, who is also from the USA, was friendly and quick to respond to my emails. The staff is like their family and they consider any guests like family as well. I loved hearing Sarah’s story about how she met Aydin at his carpet shop on a field-study trip four years ago. She has been here through the last year of construction and first 3 years of the hotel. Now you can find her or one of the staff entertaining their newest family member, Aydin’s and Sarah’s joyful 6-month-old son. Their hard work and vision have paid off. The Ayasoluk family has a knack for making any guest feel at home in their well-loved and laid-back atmosphere.

Our deluxe queen rooms were a mix of modern with details of an older Greek style. The owner used stone throughout the hotel design including the outer wall of our room. Inset to the wall is a small arch design with custom painting, but it feels like it could have been used for candles to light the room in the evenings long ago. Even the self-regulated air-conditioner/heater is indiscrete and flows with the room design so you never even notice it.

The tinted windows and doors to our room opened up straight to the pool and outdoor sitting area allowing us to enjoy the serene waters and views without losing any privacy. Not normally said about a hotel, the best part about the room was our bed. Each room has a custom-made mattress, and we slept through the night like we were at home. Even though we didn’t use them, the flat screen TV, a desk, and safe are available for those who want to relax or work in their rooms.  

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Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

 

The hotel is larger than it seems with 17 rooms total, each created with its own flare and individual design. Some rooms are customized for families with children. The Cumbali, or Bay Window, Room has a perfect reading nook that also doubles as a child’s bed. Perhaps you don’t have children, but just want a little extra room, this would be your choice to book as it has more living area.

The mini fridge comes with 2 complimentary bottles of water and the bathrooms are stocked with toiletries. Free Wi-Fi access and parking are available for all guests. Additional services can be found throughout the hotel such as a private guided tours of Ephesus and a private airport shuttle. If you are looking for a weekend retreat, the hotel provides a complimentary breakfast from 7:30 am to 10:30 am in their Ayasoluk Restaurant which also is available for dinner from 5 pm to 11:30 pm.

Due to limited time, we were so thankful to have a restaurant at the hotel. With the sunset view and the cozy atmosphere, it was an easy choice to make. Our group decided to order family style and share from the traditionally styled Turkish menu. The mixed meze, or appetizer, a plate with bread and french fries was followed by a grilled chicken kebab and grilled lamb kebab plate, each served with grilled veggies and Turkish rice. The restaurant prides themselves on using only fresh and local produce. Local wines and other alcoholic beverages are available to accompany the meal as well. After enjoying our delicious meal, the customary offering of Turkish tea, or herbal tea for those who don’t drink caffeine at night, was enjoyed by all.

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Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

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Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

 

Our late night out at the ballet was rewarded with the soft, comfortable bed in a quiet neighborhood. We fell straight to sleep and enjoyed sleeping in the next morning thanks to the blackout curtains. The only downside was a lack of blankets for the size of the bed, but this was the first cool night of the season where one would have actually needed a blanket. Had we not been so tired, we may have called for more blankets, and they would have happily provided them.

The next morning, our group enjoyed a buffet of Turkish style breakfast. Boiled eggs, borek (a savory pastry), tomatoes, cucumber, an arrangement of cheese and olives, bread and jams, all greeted us ready to be self-served. I was delighted to find my favorite, sigora boreği, a fried savory pastry stuffed with cheese. While Turkish çay is the choice of drink for breakfast, our American choice of coffee was happily satisfied with fresh filtered coffee.

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Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

 

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

 

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

After breakfast, we toured the rug company, Black Sheep Carpet. The marble stairs led us down to the well-lit, high ceilings, and beautifully designed basement room displaying the diverse assortment of colors and types of rugs. Even now, after having graduated with two degrees in engineering, he continues his beloved rug business in his family operated hotel and restaurant. While we didn’t buy any rugs, I saw first hand how Aydin’s two businesses “combine his great taste in carpets with a great heart for hospitality.”

We were sad to see our morning come to an end when we said farewell to the staff. The hotel is a perfect location for exploring the town and we did just that. The rest of the day was spent exploring the open air museum of Ephesus by day, Mary’s house, Grotto and the Seven Sleepers, and St. John’s Church… which was much more work than any of our time at the hotel!

 

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Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

Catie FunkTravels Ayasoluk Selcuk Izmir Turkey

To make a reservation, book via their website, email for questions about the rooms, or call the numbers below.  

Hotel Reservation:

+90 232 892 33 34

+90 541 565 35 45

Address:

  1. Sokak No: 12 Selçuk, Türkiye 35920

 

Continue exploring more in Turkey: 

Read more reviews of other hotels we have stayed at in Turkey.

Listen in to a podcast interview with the owner of Castle Inn in Cappadocia.

Spend a weekend exploring Bodrum, Turkey.

 

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[DISCLAIMER: I was not paid for this post. However, I did receive a media rate from the hotel as a travel writer. After our stay, I trust the owners, Aydin and Sarah, and am happy to recommend this hotel. One of the purposes of our website is to highlight Turkey, the local people, and try to help their businesses. At the same time we take the trust we have with our readers very seriously and will not recommend businesses/activities we do not think our readers will enjoy regardless of the friendship we create along the way.]