Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Back Home

Finally I have some time to update the blog! We returned home last Wednesday and were welcomed by beautiful summer weather (which is now gone). The trip was good and Inara performed admirably, sleeping on almost all transfers. Here comes a ton of pictures of our little adventure:

Ready to roll!
The mosque closest to the hotel. We all grew quite fond of the call to prayer. I especially liked hearing it in the evening while the sun was setting. Despite not sharing the Muslim beliefs, there was something calming about it.

First encounter with the ocean. Not so great.
Tea is very important in Turkey. People seem to be drinking it non-stop out of these little beautiful glass cups.

At the beach.

Warming up to the ocean.

Inara at the "street of columns" (not sure why it's sideways, driving me nuts because she's posing so perfectly). Her column/chair is about 3000 years old and Roman.

Street of columns.

Spices at the bazaar.

Mostly knock-off brand name clothes though.

Inara loves pointing. She tends to keep atleast one "pointer" ready at all times and when she really likes something, she points with both fingers. There were a lot of things to point at at the bazaar.

What's left of Temple of Apollo. It sits right by the water and is incredibly beautiful even now, thousands of years later.
Exhausted little girl.
Visiting a larger mosque holding up to 4,000 people and an exact replica of the one in Instanbul that holds 20,000 (!).

Visiting a village in the mountains.

Village school.

Inara was absolutely loved up by these girls.

We had tea at this house.

The very friendly owner of the house.

The staff at the hotel loved Inara and she was particularly fond of this waiter. The Turks adore children and no matter where Inara went she could be sure to have her little cheeks pinched six ways from Sunday and her face smothered by kisses. She generally returned the favor by waiving and pretending to be shy. The last day she had stopped waiving and I suspect her fingers were wore out.

Fun at the pool.

A very common sight outside our room. Inara heading either for the playground or the stairs.

A statue used to stand here, so Andrew took it upon himself to replace it.

Having some traditional Turkish food.

This dish is cooked in a clay pot...

...and shattered at your table. Delicious!

Enjoying some sand.

Next time I'm planning on posting some videos of Inara in the water and Inara walking. Although she's been able to walk short distances for months, she really kicked it into high gear while we were gone. She's stopped crawling completely and is almost running! On that note, I can add that we went to visit her possible future daycare (if we stay on the island) today and I can't believe that she's getting so big. I have to admit to shedding several tears just thinking about spending a full day without her. Hopefully it'll feel a bit better when she starts three months from now.


  1. Thank you, I have checked every day for vaction photos. Looks like it was mostly good.
    Happy birthday Andrew, my wish for you is a job

  2. Looks like a great vacation.

  3. I love adventures, this looks like it was a good one.

  4. Oj, ser ut att ha varit en fin semester! Ni är så duktiga på att komma iväg. ¨

    Tack tack tack för Franks present som kom här om dagen förresten! Han tog på sig t-shirten direkt!