Friday, 15 August 2014

Holidays and Celebrations

I thought it was about time I returned to blogging and what better way to start than to let you know what I have been up to. To avoid this post becoming too long and boring I am going to use a few pictures to help me. There are a couple of links to more information on the area should you be interested in finding out more about the ecology and history. 

 This was my home for 7 nights ...
     I took several daily swims in here ...
Caught a local boat and wound my way through the tranquil reed beds that were home to much wildlife ...












Which half an hour later led us here. The beautiful Iztuzu beach and home to these guys ...
There is no development here as it is a protected area. People are only allowed on the beach for a few hours a day and there are strict guidelines to protect the turtles breeding grounds.

Evenings were usually spent in places like this
eating delicious meals ...
 With views of ancient rock tombs ...
and magical sunsets ...


As this post is my contributions to the weekly 'Celebrate the small things' hop there is one other really important thing to add. My congratulations to my youngest daughter who yesterday received her A level results. Obtaining a whopping 3 x A's and securing her place to study at Exeter University. My baby's leaving home next month - warning expect a teary post from me when the time comes!

Thanks to Viklit and her team of co-hosts




41 comments:

  1. Beautiful photographs - love the one of the rock tombs :) Sounds an idyllic holiday. Congratulations to your youngest! xx

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    1. Thank you Suzanne. It is always good to get away from things for a few days.

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  2. What a wonderful post? it cheered me to see all those wonderful photo's,
    So pleased you had a grand time. Congrats to your daughter on her exam results. Celebrations all round.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Pleased to hear you enjoyed the photos, Yvonne. Thanks for your good wishes.

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  3. Gorgeous holiday pics, and congrats to your daughter. We'll be here to help you through next month :-)

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    1. Yeah I might need a bit of tlc and a few tissues!

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  4. Wonderful pics. Congrats to your daughter.

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    1. Thanks Marilyn and welcome to my blog today.

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  5. Sounds like you've had a lot of fun, and congratulations to your daughter! :)

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    1. It was relaxing, swimming, eating, sleeping, reading... just what I needed.

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  6. Beautiful post !
    Congratulations to your daughter :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting and your good wishes today.

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  7. What a beautiful location! And nice they work to protect the turtles.

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    1. It is so important that they protect these areas.

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  8. HI Suzanne .. what a lovely part of the world - Turkey has some amazingly beautiful places ... and the holiday looks just amazingly good .. and I'm glad the area is protected.

    Those whopping 3 'A's - just brilliant .. and oh dear September will be a wet month .. still Exeter's not too far away - she wants to be near Mum and Dad ... enjoy these last few weeks of early uni practicalities .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, Hilary, at least it isn't too far - though she probably doesn't want mum popping up all the time! I guess it will bring changes for us all.

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  9. Lovely trip and pics! Hugs and chocolate to you and your daughters.

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  10. Congrats to your daughter and wow, that was sure an amazing spot. Not sure the house would count as a small thing though lol

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    1. No it was pretty impressive, a great place to rent!

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  11. I am super envious Suzanne. Looks like you had a great time.

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    1. It was nice to spend some family time together.

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  12. What beautiful photos, and what a lovely place to stay! I particularly like the photo of the rock tombs. So interesting! Congratulations to your daughter on her results!

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    1. They are amazing, so much history and I could see them from my bedroom window!

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  13. What an amazing place! You must have had such a great time. Congrats to your daughter! :)

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    1. Thanks Lexa, hope you enjoy your holiday too :)

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  14. Wow - what beautiful photos! It would've been hard to capture all that in words alone.
    And I love a good teary post - I'm looking forward to that one all ready xx

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    1. I shall have a large box of tissues at the ready!

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  15. What a gorgeous vacation! And congrats to your daughter- she must've got her smarts from her mama! =)

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  16. That is a beautiful place to spend your vacation! And congratulations to your daughter!

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  17. Welcome back! Those photos are lovely... :)

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    1. It's good to catch up with you all again.

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  18. This is the prettiest Celebration I've come across this week! Great pics...thanks for sharing with us!
    ~Katie

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  19. Beautiful pictures! Those rock tombs look amazing.
    Congratulations to your daughter! :)

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  20. What a lovely getaway! And I'm delighted they're protecting those turtles. It was one highlight of my trip to Barbados to see the hatchlings scramble to the sea. The problem was there should have been someone to collect and save them until they could grow a bit. Most of those tiny guys don't live long when first hatched and dive into the water. Loved seeing your vacation home.

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  21. The pictures are lovely, Suzanne. Thank you so much for sharing them. Congrats to your daughter for all she's accomplished. I know it's very hard when your children leave home. I can sympathize with you.

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  22. Wow! Beautiful pictures, and what an amazing trip!

    Congrats to your daughter, and I'm sending virtual cheese to carry you through the tears. =)

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