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Holiday Reports and Reviews / Re: Gxr50 years and counting
« Last post by Babs on Yesterday at 09:33:50 PM »
Just catching up! A belated happy anniversary and birthday Joycie..and Bri. Sounds like you’ve been celebrating in style! 😊
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General Discussion / Re: What is happening to Kalkan?
« Last post by Babs on Yesterday at 09:17:36 PM »
We have a sign outside our village shop saying that shirts must be worn in order to be served......no one seems offended by this :)
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Holiday Reports and Reviews / Re: Gxr50 years and counting
« Last post by joycie on July 18, 2019, 08:48:00 AM »
So i’m sat in bed at home thinking about the fantastic time we’ve just had in Kalkan. I’m surrounded by my washing my lovely gold earrings purchased from Wishes with a significant discount are still firmly in my ears thank goodness and i feel wonderful.
As usual Sahane and Sultinye totally satisfied and much more the three wonderful weeks we spent in Kalkan. The team that keep the Villas and apartments running are exceptional. Always pleasant polite and out holiday wouldn’t be the same without them.
We visited the Chinese restsurant twice and really enjoyed both meals. We loved Moussakka  happily made a reaquaintance with Hussein and Kadir at Kaya had a lovely meal there and of course our fav Aqua. Its such a lovely vibe there and the vibe is fantastic especially on Friday music night. Our Golden Wedding meal there was superb and all our lovely friends who joined us made it even more special especially the wonderful cake that Mandy made and transported out here and some of which ive just transported back. Makes my mouth water thinking about it.
The boat trip on Aqua 1 was fantastic and the food especially the  sweets courtesy of Simon were superb.
My birthday with Burak and his wonderful cocktails oh WoW Jackies birthday at the Castle in Kisla sitting on the ottoman bed and trying to get off it gracefully walking up those wonderful iron steps and having a wonderful meal overlooking the pool. Ooh the gin we had at Mandys first so special overlooking Kalkan from Kisla.
The day at Zest was lovely towels on the beds when you arrive and that gorgeous swimming pool. Lovely meal and they contain the numbers that go over only allowing eight on the boat.
Our trip to Kas on the Dolmus. Crowded as usual and the young Turkish woman travelling with beautiful baby no pushchair suitcase various other goods and a sack of potatoes. It was sweltering and she was fully clothed with all this stuff and baby but she was lovely. She was travelling onward from Kas on the Antalya bus i think and everything had to be transported from the Dolmus to the boot of the coach. She didnt ask for help loads of of turkish “Gentlemen” scrambled off the bus as did some British but not Bri. He picked up various bits and carried them to the coach and lastly the sack of potatoes. Why was she travelling with a baby and a sack of potatoes? Guess we’ll never know!
Uphill to the beach club must have picked the most Turkish one that ive ever been to. I know
we’re in Turkey but usually because the Turkish are much better at English than i am at Turkish we get by. Oh dear asked for a glass of white wine got a bottle. Tried to indicate that the bottle in the bucket was lovely but i only wanted one glass but anothet glass appeared for Bri. O blow it we drank it. Very nice indeed.
There’s been so much to this special holiday that its impossible to relay it all but our last night we decided to go to Aubergine. We had booked a harbour side table the night before and decided to have a cocktail first. We browsed the menu and we decided to share a basket of garlic mushrooms. They were done in a filo cheese pastry sounded delicious. Well the mushrooms were garlicky and lovely but we could have saved a few lira if we’d just had the mushrooms the pastry was indedible you coukdnt get a knife through it. We left it on the side of the plate. I mentioned it to the server but did’nt get any response. We did get the usual free starter which was lovely and as usual in hindsight perhaps we should have stopped there. Okay so mains for me was rib eye steak. Steaks in Kalkan without exception were wonderful always are. This one was tough and gristly so i gave up. I wrapped it in a tissue and determined to find a dog to feed when we left the restaurant. Bri enjoyed his chicken curry. We’d had two cocktails a glass of red wine starter to share two main courses and Bri had ice cream for sweet. The bill was £72 which was much more expensive than anywhere else we’d dined but of course if we were in the UK probally would have cost a lot more but we were so disappointed we left on our last night with heavy heart complete with tough steak in my handbag. I found a little dog to feed it to and he definetly wasn’t as fussy as me.
We headed for Kleos to say goodbye to Al. We had had some lovely lunchtime meals there and they’re definetly the best chips in Kalkan. Cesur was staring at the water and I knew how he felt I could have sat looking at the view for ever. We bade our farewells to Al and with heavy heart plodded to the taxi rank.
Next morning going home day! Finished the packing weighed the cases not too bad ate breakfast and waited for our transport. Samet arrived it was thundering and lightning. The Volume travel transport was wonderful. Seven seater loads of leg room and Wi-fi. Bri says I never grabbed his hand once. I had checked in on line but couldnt print boarding passes so waited in line. The poor woman in front had broken her ankle in Kalkan so her fitness to travel was causing some consternation. It got sorted we got our boarding passes our suitcases were taken and we went off to security. Straight to departure lounge which was open and another security check on our electronic items.
We watched our plane lane and within forty minutes we were boarding and on our way.
So here we are at home and reminiscing about our wonderful wonderful holiday.
Kalkan is changing. The visitors are much more varied. Sat in Yali bar and a big party of Swedish tourists were enjoying every cocktail on the menu. Many more Turkish tourists than I’ve seen before and I loved it.
Thankyou Kalkan for making our 50th wedding anniversary so special we’ve already decided to spend our 60th here and of course everyone in between.
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Holiday Reports and Reviews / Re: TUR..BOO..LANCE!! (Week 1)
« Last post by NormskiD on July 17, 2019, 03:01:15 PM »
I know what you mean Keith, we say the same every year & within 2 days we are in our usual soporific stupor, which lasts for the whole month we are there!! Happy days long may it continue
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Holiday Reports and Reviews / Re: TUR..BOO..LANCE!! (Week 1)
« Last post by keith on July 16, 2019, 08:14:25 PM »
Kevin Norwich.......many thanks for sharing your experience of Kalkan......very much appreciated. I was pleased to get an understanding of rose mans tshirt......I've also wondered if he was sponsored. Have to say that we tend to buy from the young girl......is she still selling roses? We really will have to try different  restaurants  in September and look to get out and about more. Can't see it happening as we always end up totally relaxing and chilling out.
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Holiday Reports and Reviews / Re: TUR..BOO..LANCE!! (Week 1)
« Last post by Lynne T on July 16, 2019, 06:38:30 AM »
My husband went one further, he rang clyde kitchens and left a message. They rang back expecting to sell a kitchen and then where surprised by his questions. Mr and Mrs Clyde have a Villa in Kalkan and always bring him a tee shirt.
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Holiday Reports and Reviews / Re: TUR..BOO..LANCE!! (Week 1)
« Last post by Lizilu20 on July 15, 2019, 11:59:52 AM »
Loving it!

Rose man has had that T shirt for some years now. I wonder if he gets new ones every time Mr or Mrs Clyde Kitchens visits Kalkan?. I googled it, it's real  ;D.

Hurry up and write some more please.  :)
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Holiday Reports and Reviews / Re: TUR..BOO..LANCE!! (Week 1)
« Last post by NormskiD on July 14, 2019, 01:45:12 PM »
Excellent review Kevin Norwich, you've certainly got around, look forward to the next instalment!!
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Holiday Reports and Reviews / TUR..BOO..LANCE!! (Week 1)
« Last post by Kevin Norwich on July 14, 2019, 12:36:26 PM »
Hi All

Just back from a fantastic two weeks in Kalkan, once again staying at the beautiful Samira Exclusive. I attach a note of what we got up to, along with a few observations and other musings.

The fun started on the flight from Stansted - the passengers were restless (a one hour delay, sitting on the plane, didn’t help matters) however, this was definitely Thomas Cook’s B Team flight attendants squad! A bit of turbulence was encountered mid-flight and while drinks and snacks were being served someone ordered a tea. In an increasingly high pitched American accent, the steward exclaimed....No tea, No coffee, TUR BOO LANCE!!! Still, we were in the safe, reassuring hands of Billy, over the tannoy “Yeah, right, okay, yeah, if you could all keep still, yeah, we will soon get through this, yeah”. We laughed and couldn’t wait to arrive.

We eventually reached the town beach on our first day, after a number of handshakes and hugs on the way down. Phew, it was a scorcher! An early lunch at the wonderful Maur cafe, good food at fantastic prices. As usual on the first day, headed for the ever reliable Korsan in the evening. Drinks were taken at Berzingan, Kleo and the Moonlight.

Walked to Kalamar Beach Club on day two (we didn’t walk back). We had a fab day and shared a lovely pizza and grilled cheese salad at lunch. Good to see the lads there and the prices remain very competive. We had a lovely meal in Kosk (for some reason we hadn’t been there for years) and drinks at Bada, Shade Lounge (the couple here do a great job) and the Moonlight in the evening.

Took the dolmas to Patara beach on the next day. The usual organised chaos but we had a relaxing, hot day at a calm Patara. Dinner was at the new place on the front, Ahi. Not overly full but a friendly, welcoming atmosphere (a young baby was the center of attention) and the food was fantastic. Definitely recommended. However we did note that Seaport had a large party in that included two guys who were shirtless (I appreciate that this has been discussed elsewhere). We thought it a little odd and maybe the restaurant owners should have raised the issue. However, I appreciate that a party of 16 would be difficult for them to turn away. The matter was discussed on the new Flamingo terrace (22 lira for a small beer, ouch!), Yakamoz and Yali. There was a power cut while in Yali and we sat in the candlelight, it was truly beautiful.

Yali Beach Club was the destination on Day 4. It was hot walking down there but we had a lovely, relaxing day. While snorkelling there, the sun produced some amazing shafts of light in the water, a quite amazing natural occurrence. We had a special meal booked at Baharat that evening. On arrival, everything seemed very frantic but things settled down and we enjoyed a fantasic meal. The Chateaubriand was, of course,.......................The mini bar and the Moonlight (to watch the Lionesses)were our bar choices tonight. By this point, I had noted that Rose Man always wore a tee shirt with Clyde Kichens on it. Who are Clyde Kitchens? Is he sponsored by them? Is it his name?

Thursday was, of course, Market Day. All the usual banter. I reckon some of that stuff maybe fake you know! As is tradition, we popped into the Swan for a drink. The woman there always looks so surprised when a customer walks in. It is so quiet and tranquil sitting by the pool there with an Efes in the middle of the morning. I highly recommend it. Visited Merkez for lunch (cheapest Efes we found - 18 lira) and had a beautiful evening meal at Alternatif (where the power went again). Cocktails were had at Marley’s and Botanik (where we were not impressed by the service). However, Kenan (?) was seen for the first time. Where had he been.....an international nut conference was my guess! Nice to see him though.

I’ve just noted that I’ve missed a beach day....I’d better do the second week next week!We had a lovely lunch at Kleo and a much needed pit stop at Merkez on the way back. Our dinner was brilliant at Ali Baba’s although the sour Greengages were a little unusual end to the meal.

Hope this hasn’t rambled on to long, more later.......
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General Discussion / Re: What is happening to Kalkan?
« Last post by DRBD on July 11, 2019, 06:44:24 PM »
As we live here we know, that many establishments would not be offended if someone had a little word in their ear re dress code, afterall they know who their regular & resident customers are so they will be hoping to keep their customers obviously.

Yes the holiday makers are changing here, bearing mind also that we are getting more Turkish visitors too which is good. The question of large groups of youngers staying in parents villas has been an issue for several years & there certainly have been one or two in recent years. Noise rules hete are very strick, after midnight if disturbing its a Jardama issue, they will deal if called & this includes the letting off of fireworks.

Alcohol  high prices are really down to the government tax then plus the greed of some of the establishment owners, the prices in many places go up in the season. We visit some in the winter time & charged a reasonable price, come the beginning of the season they rise considerably & we have known it as much as 50%, needless to say we withdraw our custom. Suppose it goes on in many a UK holiday spot too.

There is no argument as far as we are concerned, we have known Kalkan for 26yrs missing one year, so feel we are qualified to our opinion. Obviously there have been changes & many an advantage, such as the D400, more supermarkets, bank etc but not others. The excessive building but poor infrastructure is a concern amongst other things.  It is our home,we have no other so obviously we care about Kalkan & what goes on in it but its not perfect, maybe for a couple of weeks but it has changed & is changing with many business people from outside Kalkan now here, together with different holiday makers.
Remeber a local waiter some years ago say to us" Kalkan is for the old english people especially in September October" 😁 that boosted us up.





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