12 August 2013

Somewhere Over The Mountain

Fresh from my Istanbul adventure it was time to keep on moving, I wanted to relax for at least one day after my Istanbul trip, but I wasn't complaining about having a good time as I had also saved some money from my trip. It was time to go somewhere over the mountain to get some more sun and to get extremely boozy! Come on let's go to the beach already!

I was very confident that this whistle stop break would be very eventful to say the least! I know that there is something over the rainbow but these Turkish mountain resorts have a lot to answer for! Arriving bright and early at the Ernur Hotel in Ovacık, I was nursing a pretty bad hangover from the previous night so I wanted to find my room as soon as possible. Our hotel was simple and very clean, serving the purpose of our short stay. Securing a bargain is vital; you’re not going to see me in a five star hotel anytime soon! Our room at the Ernur Hotel slept four people, complete with a sofa bed, with a clean and functional bathroom and kitchenette area. What a great deal at thirty pound per family! Staying in a villa is cool but I wanted some party!

Keeping things low key we stayed around the swimming pool for the remainder of the first day, this hangover issue happened to be a family affair! This holiday has panned out very different compared to how I thought it would been originally. This mountain hideaway was just the right thing for me to mend my shameless hangover, I'm on my holidays so I don't give a damn! Our first evening saw us having a relaxed meal at Peking Chinese Restaurant in the nearby resort of Hisarönü. Having a early night would be on the cards for us, I knew that one or two drinks wouldn't break the bank so that was nice. I must admit that myself and my cousin ended the night with a cocktail or two; this needed to be quiet for now because things got very crazy the next day! Please, let's just wait and see!

The beach was calling us all, we packed up our towels and sunscreen to enjoy a day at the beach! We settled for the the world famous Ölüdeniz Beach, we chose to stay around the bay on the private şeker Beach Club to get the best of the sun and to escape the crowds. I had been to this part of Ölüdeniz beach, my absence from Turkey had many this day really nice indeed. I wasn't up for sunbathing during my time at the beach for I wanted to laze in the cool blue waters rather than bronze my skin, such a difficult decision to make! The day was all about relaxing, to take it easy rather than milling about somewhere pointless in the boiling sun! It was a moment I had to get real, holidays don't last forever so mark my words I did my years worth of relaxing and enjoying myself that scorching day. Ölüdeniz Beach has world recognition as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches! Where's my drink at boo? I'm thirsty B!

I took some time to admire the sensational view, enjoying the waters for a short while to feel like I was a part of the Ölüdeniz vibe. Myself and my cousin Laura decided to start our own Happy Hour early because we had fully recovered from our lingering hangovers. I started on the Efes Beer because it was the cheapest drink whilst Laura sampled a Strawberry Mojito. Our afternoon at the beach was getting quite boozy, but who honestly gave a damn that we were getting suitably intoxicated?! Ölüdeniz Beach holds the trophy as a outstanding beach because from the air it wins it picture perfect looks, hopefully that doesn't burst your dreams?! If the truth be told I'm not really down for beaches because of the sand but the salt water is a natural skin cure. Don't get me wrong the beach was beautiful and the time spent together as a family was super as well but we had a plan to fully execute. A relaxing day was had by all, we even saw an African dance troupe! Go us!

Hisarönü was calling! Myself and Laura made our way into town to fill up our cup because we were ready for the night. I honestly did not know how we got ready for we were pretty worse for ware and that was at the beginning of the night! Making our way into the bright lights of Hisarönü's main street we stopped to have a bite to eat, being a kebab to allow us to keep going all night long. I loved being out and about for my time in Istanbul didn't permit a night out, all good things come to those who wait! Ok, so we pretty much had the intention to get as boozy as possible but that was our plan! Grabbing our first drinks at Barumba Karaoke Club seemed like the best thing to do, let's get those skittle bombs down! The bar wasn't really popping when we first got their but we got the party started! Laura jumped on the Karaoke first by singing Valerie by Amy Winehouse, she belted that song out really good!

Bumping into some friends we had made from the hotel, signal to move on to the club? We drank a little more and danced some as the club got that little bit more poppin' and then some! Marrying the night we all made our way across the road to Revolution, a new addition to the Hisarönü club scene. The club that we called our last stop was crazy but clubbing code works differently for me in Turkey so I didn't appreciate that way of being! I'm not really sure of what happened next but must admit that the last chapter of our night was immense! Let me tell you something, we honestly were not ready for the hangover that would hit us the next morning! It was a great few days, something that rounded off my quick-paced Istanbul weekend. From the beach to our continual hangovers and reconnecting with Hisarönü, budget hotels are the way forward! Who knows where the next chapter of this crazy and beautiful holiday will be like? Pour me another drink! Back to the villa?

Thanks ... Ovacık, Hisarönü and Ölüdeniz!

Joseph Harrison

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