Walking the Lycian Way in Turkey

In front of me are small bowls of eggs, olives, tomato salad, bread and home-made goat’s cheese. I’m in the mountains in South West Turkey, at almost 2000m, and a shepherd is sharing her breakfast with me. This is one of the many joys of walking the Lycian Way in Turkey, a 330 mile long distance route on Roman roads, old footpaths and mule trails. It starts in Fethiye and ends in Antalya, running between the mountains and the sea, and it takes over a month to walk.

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Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel

Looking out of my bedroom window thirty two floors up the gleaming new Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel, the full effects of the recent Siberian snowstorm were all too apparent. Istanbul was covered in a heavy white blanket and there wasn’t a car in sight.

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The Pera Palace, Istanbul.

As lifts go, this one creaked and groaned as it made its way upwards, but considering this was Turkey’s first ever lift and Kemal Ataturk, President Tito, Jackie Kennedy, King Edward VIII and Agatha Christie have all been former passengers here at the Pera Palace, you can forgive such ailments.

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