Friday, July 1, 2011

Bodrum and the Beach

Bodrum, Turkey is a site of exquisite Mediterranean beauty and loaded with significant history. Few Americans have ever heard of the place yet it is a popular enough destination for Europeans, only 4.5 hours flight from London. Europeans seem more willing to explore and enjoy out of the way destinations, even ones in the United States whereas Americans seem interested only in marquee destinations.

Want proof? When Americans think of a European vacation the vast majority automatically rattle off the usual big-splash suspects of London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam and Munich, the big city tours. When Greece and Spain come in to the conversation those destinations remain limited to Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Barcelona, the Madrid region and possibly Ibiza/Mallorca. That's it. Their entire "foreign" experience summed up in to one or two destinations and whatever is within a day's drive or an hour's flight or sail from there. Oh how there is so much more!

For the sake of it just Google "British Holiday Companies" and see the endless list that pops up. Well established names like Thomson, Thomas Cook, Monarch and Direct Holidays. Pick any of their websites and just browse the destinations each one offers, many in competition with at least two or three other outfits and some including their own in-house air transportation. Thomson Holidays, for example, is affiliated with Thomsonfly, billed as the third largest airline in the United Kingdom.

A charter airline owned by a vacation company the third largest in the country? And where do they fly? Between the two sister companies there are listed seven destinations in Egypt alone, six in South Africa and 22 of the Greek Islands. Thomas Cook lists the entire country of Brazil as a destination but specifies 12 unique options in Bulgaria. Bulgaria? Not to be chintzy, Thomas Cook offers over 30 destinations in the United States, from Aspen to Cincinnati and Charleston to Portland.

The Europeans live in the big cities we want to visit so it makes sense they want to go someplace else, especially when we come to town! Spain IS Florida to most Brits, so long as it has an airport, some kind of accommodation to choose from and predictably bright and sunny weather with beaches and surf to enjoy they're all over it, from Sitges to Malaga, Alicante and back. Americans go to Egypt for the pyramids; the Europeans have already been so they hideaway by the sea at Sharm El-Sheikh, again soaking up the sun before heading north to home and the gloom of winter.

But back to Bodrum. Right by the Mediterranean, Bodrum offers a 13,000 seat amphitheater, a huge crusader era Castle of the Knights of St. John and the remnants of the Great Mausoleum, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. All that plus sun and sand, too? Hell, few American vacation companies would even offer something this exotic and out of the way. American Express' website couldn't even spell B-o-d-r-u-m! The question is, how to get there on the cheap from this side of the Atlantic?

The airport code is "BJV" and airfare alone through Travelocity from Chicago for travel on July 1st and back on the 15th started at $2,111 round trip on Turkish Airlines with one 2.5 hour stopover in Istanbul. Expensive but far easier to get to than previously thought. To assuage any third-world visions of what this region of Turkey must be like, the airport is only 20 miles north of town, it opened a new international terminal in 2000, boasts a 9,500 ft. concrete runway and is served by some 40 different airlines!

By comparison, using the same days of travel, a roundtrip ticket from Chicago to London started at $878 on American Airlines. Searching Monarch Holidays from the UK, a seven-night Bodrum package including air leaving on July 3rd and returning to London on the 11th produced five pages of options ranging from $365 at the budget Delta Hotel to $1,750 per person at the top end Kempinski Barbaros Bay pictured above. That includes flights on Monarch Air, the house airline in operation since 1960 and offering Boeing and Airbus equipment to over 100 destinations worldwide, plus the hotel. Uh, and did you also notice the four extra days in London, too? Those hotel nights are not included but at the low end hotel choice the savings is still an amazing $868 over the Turkish Airlines fare alone.

Gotta go.


  1. Thanks , I've recently been searching for info

    about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have discovered till now. However, what concerning the conclusion? Are you positive concerning the supply?
    My web site > Spain visa Application tracking pakistan

  2. I’d must verify with you here. Which is not one

    thing I usually do! I get pleasure from reading a put up that can make folks think.

    Additionally, thanks for

    allowing me to comment!
    Also visit my blog ... hotel albir playa costa blanca

  3. Simply want to say your article is as surprising.

    clearness in your post is just excellent and i could assume you're an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep

    up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the gratifying work.
    Also see my webpage:

  4. Hello there, I discovered your website by the use of Google

    while searching for a comparable topic, your website came
    up, it appears to be like

    great. I've bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Also visit my weblog :

  5. I’d must test with you here. Which isn't one

    thing I often do! I enjoy reading a

    publish that can make folks think. Also, thanks for

    allowing me to comment!
    My website >

  6. You should participate in a contest for one of the best blogs on the web.

    advocate this site!
    Review my blog post :: portugal vs spain euro 2012 neo prime

  7. Wow, wonderful blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?

    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is great, let alone the content!
    Have a look at my web-site - Spainweather.Org

  8. When I originally commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now each time a

    comment is added I get four e-mails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Appreciate it!
    my webpage >

  9. Do you have a spam problem on this blog; I also am a blogger, and I
    was curious about your situation; we have developed some nice methods
    and we

    are looking to swap solutions with others, why not shoot
    me an email if interested.
    Feel free to surf my homepage ;

  10. Hi my friend! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written
    and include

    almost all significant infos. I’d like to see more posts like this.
    Also visit my web blog Http://Www.Diysolarheatingspain.Com

  11. Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles?
    I mean, what you say

    is fundamental and all. Nevertheless think about if you added some great
    visuals or videos to give your posts more,

    "pop"! Your content is excellent but with pics and clips, this blog could

    undeniably be one of the very best in its niche.

    Amazing blog!
    Take a look at my webpage - classified add Costa Blanca

  12. It's a pity you don't have a donate button! I'd without a doubt donate to

    this outstanding blog! I guess for now i'll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed
    to my Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and
    will share this website with my Facebook group. Talk soon!
    Also see my webpage - spain 1st division league table

  13. Hi there! Quick question that's totally off

    topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My blog looks weird when

    viewing from my apple iphone. I'm trying to find a theme or plugin

    might be able to fix this issue. If you have any recommendations, please

    Feel free to visit my web blog ;

  14. Hey! I could have sworn I've been to this site

    before but after reading through some of the post I realized it's new to me.
    Nonetheless, I'm definitely glad I found it and I'll be bookmarking and checking back

    Also visit my web site ...

  15. I think this is one of the most significant info for me.
    And i am glad

    reading your article. But want to remark on some general things, The web site
    style is

    ideal, the articles is really nice : D. Good job,
    Also see my site >

  16. Throughout the great design of things you actually

    secure a B+ with regard to effort. Exactly

    where you lost everybody was on all the facts.
    You know, it is said, details make or break the argument.
    . And that couldn't be

    more accurate in this article. Having said that, allow me inform you what exactly

    did give good results. Your writing

    is definitely rather

    convincing and that is probably the reason why

    I am making the effort to opine. I do not make it a regular habit of

    doing that. 2nd, even though I can

    certainly see a jumps in reason you come up with, I am not convinced of just how you appear to

    connect your details which inturn make

    the final result. For right now I will, no doubt

    yield to your point however hope in the near future you link your dots better.
    my site:

  17. Hmm is anyone else having problems with the images on this blog loading?

    I'm trying

    to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it's the blog.


    suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Here is my page ::

  18. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all of us
    you really recognise what you're talking approximately! Bookmarked. Kindly

    additionally talk over with my web site =). We

    could have a link change

    arrangement between us!
    my site :: classified Carboneras

  19. Hello there, just turned into aware of your blog

    through Google, and found that it is truly informative.
    I am gonna

    watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful should you continue this in future.
    Numerous people will be benefited

    out of your writing. Cheers!
    My web-site ...

  20. advertising
    Feel free to visit my web-site - sailers

  21. We're a bunch of volunteers and starting a brand new scheme in our community.

    Your site provided us with useful info to paintings

    on. You've done an impressive task and our whole

    community will be grateful to

    Also see my web page -

  22. I think this is among the most important information for me.
    And i am glad

    reading your article. But want to remark on some general things,
    The web site style is

    ideal, the articles is really great : D.

    Good job, cheers
    My web site : Subsites

  23. The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my apple ipad and tested to

    see if it can survive a 30 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.

    apple ipad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this
    is entirely off topic but I

    had to share it with someone!
    Also visit my webpage Http://

  24. I think this is among the most important information for me.

    And i'm glad

    reading your article. But want to remark on few general things, The site style is

    perfect, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers
    Feel free to visit my blog - Gala placidia hotel benidorm costa blanca spain

  25. I and also my guys were found to be going through the great information and facts from the website and instantly got an awful
    suspicion I had not expressed respect to you for

    those tips. Those men

    ended up as a result very interested to learn

    them and now have really been taking advantage of them.
    I appreciate you for turning out to be indeed considerate and
    also for

    having varieties of great ideas millions

    of individuals are really needing to be aware
    of. My personal sincere regret for

    not saying thanks to you earlier.
    My web blog

  26. Hiya, I am really glad I have found this info.
    Today bloggers publish only

    about gossips and net and this is actually annoying. A good site with interesting content, this is what I
    need. Thank you for

    keeping this website, I'll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can not

    find it.
    Look into my webpage elastase

  27. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but after I

    submit my comment didn't appear. Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again.

    Anyways, just wanted to say wonderful blog!
    My web page: peages

  28. A lot of of whatever you mention is supprisingly

    accurate and that makes me ponder why I had not

    looked at this in this light previously. This piece really did

    switch the light on for me as far as this specific issue goes.

    However at this time there is just one factor I am not too comfortable with

    so whilst I attempt to reconcile that with the actual core theme of your point,
    permit me see just what all the

    rest of the subscribers have to say.Nicely done.
    Feel free to surf my website

  29. Hi there! I know this is kinda off topic

    but I was wondering if you knew where I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I'm using the same

    blog platform as yours and I'm having difficulty finding one?
    Thanks a lot!
    my site:

  30. Fantastic beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend your site, how could i subscribe for a blog site?

    The account helped me a

    acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright

    Feel free to visit my blog post -

  31. Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your site
    is very cool. I'm impressed by the details that you have on this web site. It reveals how nicely you

    understand this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for extra articles.

    You, my friend, ROCK! I found just the information I already searched all over the place

    and simply could not come across. What a perfect web site.
    Feel free to visit my page ::

  32. F*ckin’ amazing things here. I am very glad to look your article.
    Thanks a lot and i'm having a look

    ahead to touch you. Will you kindly drop me a mail?

    Also visit my site ::
    My weblog - christian louboutin glitter pump

  33. excellent post, very informative. I wonder why the other specialists of

    this sector do not notice this. You must continue your writing.
    I'm confident,

    you've a great readers' base already!

    Here is my website -
    My web page ; calphalon roasting pan

  34. It's best to take part in a contest for the most effective blogs on the web. I'll

    advocate this site!

    My web-site ::
    My website :: do-it-yourself solar powered hot water

  35. Great beat ! I wish to apprentice while you amend
    your site, how can i subscribe for a blog web site? The account aided me a

    acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this
    your broadcast offered bright clear


    Stop by my website:
    Look into my weblog lion king birthday party

  36. I’ve read a few good stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting.

    wonder how much effort you put to make such a magnificent

    informative website.

    Feel free to surf to my web blog
    Here is my site new england hotel london

  37. Once I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new
    comments are added-

    checkbox and now every time a remark is added I get four
    emails with the identical comment.

    Is there any method you possibly can take away me

    from that service? Thanks!

    my homepage;
    Feel free to visit my website ; catfish ebro

  38. I like the helpful information you provide in your articles.
    I’ll bookmark your weblog

    and check again here frequently. I am quite certain I will learn lots of new stuff right
    here! Good luck for the next!

    Look into my web-site:
    Here is my site : rawlings chest protector

  39. Really enjoyed this article, how can I make is so that I receive an alert email when there is a new update?
    My webpage ;

  40. Very good written article. It will be helpful to anyone who usess it, as well as yours truly :).

    Keep doing what you are doing - i will definitely read more posts.
    Also see my webpage:

  41. Hi my friend! I want to say that this article is awesome,

    nice written and include approximately all important infos.
    I would

    like to look extra posts like this .
    My web site:

  42. advertising
    Also visit my webpage ::

  43. Hi there, i read your blog occasionally and i own a similar
    one and i was just

    curious if you get a lot of spam feedback? If so how do
    you stop it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
    I get so much lately it's driving me

    insane so any help is very much appreciated.
    Also visit my page ...

  44. Hello! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with us so I

    came to look it over. I'm definitely loving the information. I'm

    book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers!

    Outstanding blog and excellent

    design and style.
    My blog post -

  45. Hey! Do you use Twitter? I'd like to follow you if that would be

    ok. I'm undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to
    new posts.
    Also visit my blog post ;

  46. I am extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout
    on your

    weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
    Either way keep up the nice

    quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like
    this one nowadays..
    Here is my blog -

  47. I am extremely impressed together with your writing talents as
    neatly as with the format in your

    weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it

    your self? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s

    uncommon to look a nice weblog like this one nowadays..
    Also see my site >

  48. After examine just a few of the weblog posts on your

    web site now, and I truly like your manner of blogging. I

    bookmarked it to my bookmark web site record and will

    probably be checking again soon. Pls check out my website as
    effectively and let me know what you think.
    Also see my webpage ::

  49. Hello, this weekend is fastidious in favor of me, because this point in time i am reading
    this wonderful informative post here at my home.

    Take a look at my web page; Mckinley Joanne

  50. Greate pieces. Keep posting such kind of information on your page.
    Im really impressed by your site.
    Hello there, You have performed a great job. I'll definitely digg it and for my part recommend to my friends. I'm sure
    they will be benefited from this site.

    Feel free to visit my webpage - Cristine Scott

  51. hello!,I really like your writing very a lot!
    proportion we keep up a correspondence extra about your post on AOL?
    I need a specialist on this area to resolve my problem.
    May be that is you! Having a look ahead to see you.

    Feel free to visit my web site Bert Micheal

  52. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book
    in it or

    something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive
    the message home a bit, but

    other than that, this is magnificent blog. A great read. I
    will certainly be back.
    my webpage ::

  53. Wonderful work! This is the type of info that
    should be shared around the internet. Shame on Google for not
    positioning this post higher! Come on over and visit my

    website . Thanks =)
    my website -

  54. What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I've found It positively helpful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & assist other users like its helped me. Great job.
    Also visit my web-site ...

  55. You are so interesting! I don't believe I've read something like that before.
    So nice to find another person with a few genuine thoughts on this subject.
    Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing
    that's needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

    Here is my webpage: Hans Terrell

  56. That is really attention-grabbing, You are a
    very professional blogger. I've joined your feed and sit up for seeking more of your wonderful post. Additionally, I've shared your
    web site in my social networks

    Here is my homepage - american eagle

  57. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot
    about this, like you wrote the book in it or
    something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message
    home a bit, but instead of that, this is fantastic blog.
    A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.

    My website; hand painted dinnerware

  58. When someone writes an article he/she maintains
    the image of a user in his/her brain that how a user can understand it.
    Therefore that's why this paragraph is amazing. Thanks!

    Feel free to visit my web blog; loss elite

  59. Very nice article, totally what I needed.

    my web page: Melodee Annie

  60. My brother recommended I might like this website. He was once entirely right.

    This publish actually made my day. You cann't consider just how so much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

    Feel free to surf to my web-site: Umbrella Insurance coverage

  61. Hello! I simply wish to give you a big thumbs up for the great info you have right here on this post.
    I am coming back to your site for more soon.

    Feel free to surf to my web page; Glassware Hire

  62. I was suggested this website by my cousin. I'm not sure whether this post is written

    by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. You are incredible! Thanks!
    My page ;

  63. Wow, superb blog format! How long have you ever been running a blog for?
    you make running a blog glance easy. The entire look of your website is excellent, as
    neatly as the content material!
    Also visit my blog post ;ão:UVNMohamm

  64. Spot on with this write-up, I honestly believe that
    this amazing site needs a great deal more attention.
    I'll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the info!

    Here is my blog: hawaiian cruise industry

  65. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about sparkling wine.

    Also visit my webpage - wine words

  66. I’ve read several good stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting.

    wonder how much effort you put to make such a excellent

    informative website.
    Look at my web site

  67. Thank you for another informative site. Where else could I get that type of

    information written in such an ideal way? I've a project that I'm just now working on,

    and I have been on the look out for such information.
    Here is my web blog ::

  68. There are some interesting closing

    dates in this article however I don’t know if I see
    all of them middle to heart. There's some validity but I will take hold opinion till I look into it

    further. Good article , thanks and we would like more! Added to FeedBurner as properly

    Here is my weblog;

  69. Hey there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group?
    There's a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content.

    Please let me know. Thanks

    Also visit my web site

  70. hello!,I like your writing so much! share we communicate more about your post on AOL?

    require an expert on this area to solve my problem.

    Maybe that's you! Looking forward to see you.

    My web page -

  71. Ηi would you mind lettіng me know which webhost yοu're utilizing? I'νe lοaded уour blog іn 3 сοmpletely different bгowseгs and
    Ӏ must say this blog lоаds a lot quicker thеn
    most. Cаn you suggeѕt a gοod wеb hоsting ρrovider at
    a faіr prісe? Thanκ
    you, I aρpreciate it!

    Feel fгеe to viѕit my ρage Lloyd Irvin

  72. Inѕpiring quest there. What οccuгred after?
    Gooԁ luck!

    Stop by my web blоg ... reputation management

  73. Great delivery. Great arguments. Keep up the
    good work.

    Feel free to visit my site :: League of Legends hack

  74. I am very impress on your information ,Its a really very impressive blog. I really got some another very nice information , so thanks for sharing these tips.
    Sailing in Greece | Yacht charter Greece

  75. We spent 4 days in Istanbul, 4 in Cappadocia, 2.5 in Selcuk/Ephesus and another 2 in Istanbul at the end. I really wouldn't have done it very differently. We stayed in Sultanahmet (Old City) for the first stretch in Istanbul and in Taksim (in the "new city") for the last stretch in Istanbul. It was an interesting contrast and while not necessary (public transit is good), it was cool to stay in both areas and get a totally different vibe. One of my favorite things we did in Istanbul was to spend a day starting by walking across the Galata Bridge to the Old City, visiting the Spice Bazaar, and wandering around through the maze of side streets behind it up to the Suleymaniye Mosque, which was breathtaking. Istanbul is a great city for wandering around, and while we didn't venture too far from the beaten path, we always felt very comfortable/safe. Cappadocia was amazing. I think we spent the right amount of time there, though we didn't want to leave. We stayed in Urgup, which was central and had good restaurants. Did some amazing hiking (plenty more hikes we could have done, including the Ihlara Valley, which looks amazing), did the hot-air balloon ride (must do), hired a driver for the day to take us around to local sites/vistas (he only spoke Turkish, which made it interesting, but he knew the good places to take us to, so it worked well (about $80US for the day...gas is expensive in Turkey)), visited the open-air museum, underground city, etc. And then Selcuk was a really nice change of pace, more Mediterranean vibe, and Ephesus was amazing. We also took an afternoon trip from Selcuk to Sirince, which is a nice small hill town that has an old-world vibe and is great to walk around in.