Housesitting, Housesitting in Turkey

“Those lazy, hazy, and crazy days of summer” – Turkish style

Summer in Turkey started for us mid-June, and it began with a bang.  From an 18 deg sunny day in the Uk to a 30+ deg sunny day in Turkey.  Yes, we had a crash course in how to adapt our body to those hot days of summer and not to mention the million and one mosquitoes who think I am tastier than the Squire!!

It was the great Nat King Cole who in 1963 scored a hit with the song that gives its name to this blog post title.  I love it for the mood that it captures.  You can’t help but have a smile on your face as you think of your summer antics.

“Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, those days of soda and pretzels and beer.  Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer.

Just fill your basket full of sandwiches and weenies, then lock the house up, now you’re set.  And on the beach, you’ll see the girls in their bikinis, as cute as ever but they never get ’em wet”.

So how is our summer rolling out in Turkey?  

Well, it is bordering on lazy and sometimes hazy and not too crazy. Mezes replaced the sandwiches and weenies, with beer, watermelon, pomegranate juice and water the preferred choice of cooling drinks to quench our thirst.  Our bodies to be seen more in the pool than on the sands of the beach, which we will be checking out more of that soon. Bikinis replaced with something that stretches over those not so young lovely bumps.  The crazy is not looking where I was stepping, chatting too much, which resulted in a face plant on the footpath and now they call me “Black Eyed Suz”.  Taking it easy and bruising has nearly disappeared, and sense of humour still intact!  Moral of that story is to watch your step when out walking at night!!

Here are a few snapshots of our summer so far.

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During those 40+ deg days, all a girl wants to do is have a siesta.  Doing what the locals do.  In a hammock!
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The pool scene, it had to be done.  It’s a cool place to exercise when it’s way too hot, to do so, out of a pool.   Photo credit:  The Squire
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Beautiful clear sea, so inviting!!  It was an invite we did accept on a hottish day.

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Warm balmy nights are perfect for checking out the local eateries.

I will leave the last word to Nat King Cole.Summer

46 thoughts on ““Those lazy, hazy, and crazy days of summer” – Turkish style”

  1. That restaurant outdoors looks absolutely beautiful!! And I’m all about exercising in a pool- it’s fantastic exercise while being much easier on your joints, and allows you to exercise without being overheated and possibly down for the count for a few days !

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    1. Yes the restaurant was very novel, though the street cats and dogs were not so welcome. Especially when you didn’t feed them!! Overall, it was good, though next time I will be more adventurous choosing from the menu. Turkish is a very hard language to learn or know what words mean, a bit like English with many other languages thrown in for good measure. French and German was much easier even though we can’t speak more than a few words!

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        1. Some of the ones that hung around the tables got a bit aggressive even when we initially gave them something to eat. So we did give them something just didn’t want to do it all through our dinner! 🌞

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  2. What a great way to get to know the world, and enjoy and learn the culture once there. Wow. As for the heat, I am not a warm, hot weather person, so am unable to cope with those temperature, I will just wilt. Love the pool and sea so will just stay there 24/7 . Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  3. Beautiful–even your feet 🙂 Turkey seems to have a couple of different personalities. Here, it seems so tranquil. When I read Ruth Daly’s posts on the kerfuffle between the Greeks and the Turks I’m not sure what to think. Maybe I’ll just need to go find out for myself! Thanks for sharing your summer fun.

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    1. Angela depends on what century Ruth was relating to as the Turks and Greeks have had many a battle over the years since B.C. I will be posting about a couple of ancient sites we visited later on. As with most countries we visit, there are good and bad sides to all. We are in a small river town which does attract tourists. 900kms away there is major fighting, in Syria. Which does seem rather surreal sometimes. Hahaha at the feet comment, appears to be the done thing 🙂

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    1. It is good to have warmth and it’s a lovely temperature today of 35 degs with a sea breeze. When it hits 40 degs it is not much fun. Good time to catch up on blogging when it’s in the middle of the day and most are having siestas 🙂

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      1. Anytime and you do have an amazing lifestyle so sharing it not only lets us have a peak, but also helps show us locations we know little about. Good for the tourist industry; you should get commission lol

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        1. The fact we get to live like a local and just ‘be’ in a community is priceless and that is what we love about doing housesitting. I do believe there a literally thousands of travel bloggers getting paid by the tourist industry without me trying! 🙂

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    1. Being an Irish lass, I am not sure you could. Even the locals sometimes lose the plot when it is too hot 🙂 Though having said that, you do acclimatise to the heat, we are now finding 25 deg rather cool, good grief it is going to be a shock to us when we return to cooler climates!!

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