One of the things I love about where I live is that, just a 5 minute drive down the road, you enter the British countryside full of fields and sunflowers. On weekends, if we’re just at home, my family and I like to drive down to Mercia Marina and just walk alongside the canal.
There is plenty to do here as just recently a HUGE complex was built overlooking the marina, providing not only everything a canal-dweller would need from clothes to supplies for travelling the waterway, and even a pampering beauty parlor!, but also a canal visitor like ourselves. You can trawl the boutiquey (is that a word?hehe) shops and see whats on offer, my personal fave being the beautiful home interior shop calledZing Interiors. Or, you canhave an afternoon snack in the coffee shop, and pick up something from the farm shop that’s with it! In the evenings, there is a lovely, classy place to dine in which looks marvellous when all the lights are on.
However, the best thing about going down to the marina is the canal itself. It is always so tranquil and peaceful, and it is so fun to look at all the canal boats lined up along the deck. Each one has its own individuality, and history and stories attached to it. The all look completely different, with bright colours and names. The canal also offers canal boat rides too! So you can hop onto one and take a trip along the marina and get a taste of life on the waterways, and an insight into canal life!
Hope you enjoyed this, let me know in the comments if the canal looks like somewhere you would love to visit!..and if you like the pictures ;p .Thanks, xoxo
If you want more information on anything I mentioned, here’s a link to Mercia Marina’s websiteMercia Marina .
Here is a low down of my few days in Oludeniz with my family last summer. Enjoy! 🙂
We touched down in Oludeniz having taken a short flight from Istanbul. We drove to Ovacik, a small village where we had a villa with our own swimming pool, which I was extremely happy about! It was extremely hot when we arrived, as it’s hotter on the Turkish coast than it is in areas like Istanbul. After dropping our bags off in the villa we explored the main road, scoping out the shops and restaurants available near by.
The main road (above) had loads of places to eat, along with shops which sold everything you needed for a beach holiday, from sunscreen and swimming goggles to snacks and drinks! They know what they’re doing with tourism in Turkey so we had no worries about any of that. There were actually loads of Brits on holiday here, even more than we had anticipated, so for a second it almost felt like we were back in England. Our favourites, like Cadbury’s chocolate (;p) and Nivea toiletries, were all available! The restaurants also served things like beans on toast, coco pops and spaghetti bolagnese, alongside Turkish cuisine. We had a bit of both!
Ovacik is overlook by the Babadag mountain and has that road-side, dusty village kinda vibe that you imagine American road trips to have, if you know what I mean? What I guess i’m trying to say that it had a really relaxed, chilled vibe, and being from England we felt right at home..but still like we were on holiday at the same time. So we had the best of both worlds…(Any Hannah Montana fans out there..no, just me, ok 😉 )
Towards dinner time, we took a taxi to Fethiye, a village just 10 minutes away. Here we walked along the harbour, looking at all the boats. There were stalls selling handmade jewellery etc., as well as clothing boutiques and restaurants. We explored, buying a few things, and then found this really cute square with shops selling Turkish delight and all manner of Turkish spices. The local were all sitting outside having dinner, and it was just a really nice evening!
A dinner spot was suggested to us by the lovely lady in the spice store called Miriam, called the Duck Pond, and we ate there.
The next morning, after breakfast, we asked the locals were to go for a swim, and which beaches were good. This is the way we discovered were to go and what to do; we didn’t really plan in advance where to go, but just asked people there what was good! Wherever you go for travel, I would suggest you try this.
The famous Blue Lagoon which we had heard so much about looked beautiful, but was pretty full so we told our taxi driver to take us to a much quieter beach. However we did stop on the side of the road to take pictures of this gorg. view!
This tuna salad was so delicious and fresh, and it just tasted TEN times better eating it on the beach, straight after a swim. Yummy!
That evening we had dinner at Cin Bal, a local restaurant which lets you choose your own meat, and then you can barbecue it right by your table! You can also choose to have it cooked by the restaurant’s cooks, which we opted for. It was such a unique dining experience, and was so so tasty. One of the BEST meals i’ve had in my life! We had a feast consisting of sausages, chops, chicken and slow cooked lamb..eaten with lots of yummy Turkish bread. I think it’s safe to say, we left very satisfied.
On the third day there we had booked a boat trip from Fethiye Marina, so we got there bright and early and set off on our own boat, with a driver, to explore the beautiful blue waters and islets that the Turkish coast had to offer! It was so relaxing to just lie on the top deck as the boat sped along, watching all the little islands and boats go by. I did get a little sea sick, but once we had stopped and I had a little swim I was fine when I got back on the boat.
We had a lovely lunch on the boat, prepared by Captain Tom, and he actually had a barbecue on the boat which he cooked all the food on!..So I can now say I have had a full blown BBQ, with all the trimmings, in the middle of the ocean. Hehe 🙂
On our last day we decided to go to the Fethiye Market, a weekly market which sold fresh produce, clothes, bags, shoes..basically everything! If you want to see pictures from that, you can check out my previous blogpost, Fethiye Market, Turkey. That evening we just had a chilled dinner at what had become our ‘go to’ place in Ovacik, a restaurant called Angora. Most of the restaurants there had outdoor dining which is understandable given the gorgeous weather; you can just bask in the shade whilst you have your meal!
Then early the next morning, sadly, it was time to head to the airport to catch our flight to Istanbul, and then the connecting flight back home. It was an extremely relaxing and memorable trip, and one that my family and I always look back on as a great trip. We definitely found Turkey to be a place to which we would return as it was so beautiful and unique, with the culture and the people being so lovely. I would definitely recommend you book a trip to the Turkish coast for a few days, for a taste of sun, sea and the relaxed Turkish lifestyle!
I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know down below where you’ve been, or would love to go, for a holiday! I would love to know your recommendations. xoxo