After a week of golf

We finally returned from our 5 days of golf holiday in Belek. We had a great time, lots of sunshine, with lots of golfing and a nice stay in MaxxRoyal hotel.

Relaxing garden of our hotel

Relaxing garden of our hotel

However, although it has been nearly 4 years now, since we started this golf thing, we still are not good enough to have a handicap card. Very very upset about it. Still taking lessons, to improve our swings and still any two of our hits are not he same. Some balls prefer to go right, some to left, but very rarely to where we target.

Morning practice at pitching area

Morning practice at pitching area

Our hotel  MaxxRoyal had a very nice golfing area named Montgomary. But since our trainer was in Carya, we drove to Carya Golf Club, everyday. For 2 hours in the mornings, we did some practice at driving range, some pitching and chipping. After lunch we started to play 9-hole, but very rarely we all could finish it, as each hole takes more than half an hour for three of us to get to green.

Not-so-fancy scorecards

Not-so-fancy scorecards

Decision number 1: We still have  lots of room for improvement

Decision number 2: 6-hours- a -day of golfing, is not enough not to gain weight.

The cost of this holiday to me is 1,5 kg of extra weight. might this be the reason?

Chocolate fundue

Chocolate fundue

Energy before tee time

Energy before tee time

On our final day, we only had the morning to play golf, so we visited the golf club of our hotel, and hit 2 baskets at driving range.

Morning walk

Morning walk

 

Montgomary Golf Club

Montgomary Golf Club

The lonely beach in winter

The lonely beach in winter

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly photo challange: The golden hour

Hot air baloons in Cappadoccia

Hot air baloons in Cappadoccia

The weekly photo challange of the week is the golden hour, which is the first and the last hour of the day. Well, traveling with a child, I realised that it is very rare that we walk around in these hours. The photo above was taken in Cappadoccia, not because we have been in one of these balloons at 6:30 in the morning, but because our flight was very early (which is sooo rare, as a flight before 10:00 am is not a flight to my family). This rule is valid both for the flights and any activities in our holidays: Never dare to go out before 10:00 am.
When I went trough the photographes of our travels, I realised that in the last hour of the day, “Where are we gonna eat?” is the main concern of my family. Tired of being out all day, we mostly prefer to have a mini rest in our hotel, before going out for dinner, or we already start to look for a proper restaurant to feed our stomachs. Sure we have missed some beautiful moments of the days of our travels. Well, I will be more cautious in enjoying the evening golden hour of the day, however, no promise for the morning golden hour. After all, a holiday is a holiday, where you enjoy to sleep longer and longer hours.

Weekly Photo Challange: Curves

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This weeks photo challange is the “curves”. Where on earth you can find curves better than Cappadocia? A land where nature is unique, where early Christians lived in the underground cities and caves, where every season has its something to show you and where children will love the adventures of being in a natural wonderland.

Clouds around curves

Clouds around curves

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A 3 to 4 day trip to Cappadocia with children will provide you more than you expected. The famous cave hotels to stay, will let you pretend to be living in early history. Each one of the undergound cities will come to life with the imagination of your children.

Autumn leaves of Cappadocia

Autumn leaves of Cappadocia

Do you remember game:
Our son: Do you remember the “Family Chimneys”, the father, mother and son?
Me: Yes, and the grand parents further in the back

Me: Do you remember our hotel “Cappadocia Estates Hotel?
Our son: Yes, it was like a cave and had a lovely breakfast.

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Visiting Ancient Sites

Visiting ancient sites

Visiting ancient sites – Pergamon

It always has been amazing to see how our son’s imagination work in the ancient cities. While we intent to see just “stones”, our son loves to do shopping in an “Agora”, do some cooking in a “kitchen”, play a game in the “amphitheater”, pretend to be a statue, be a king, be a slave, be a carpenter or be soldier… Ancient sites are really good places to play the old “pretending to be” games.

When we visit an ancient site he never wants to skip any bit of the “stones” and wonders the story behind every stone. Good way to teach the history and let him know that there were thousands of years people lived without their ipads, or PSPs. Hard for him to believe.

The best ancient cities we have been were in Turkey, Greece and Italy. The story behind the ancient cities are more amazing than the sites itself. How people cured themselves in the very first hospital of Asclepion, how people died of diseases, how they have been to the toilet all together in Ephesus, where the gods lives in Athens, and how people could not escape from the Visuv volcano in Pompei.

Pedestrian crossing on a busy street of Pompei

Pedestrian crossing on a busy street of Pompei

To get the most from an ancient city, when we finally finish all our walking, we love to stop at the souvenir shop and buy a little souvenir or postcards to remember the site. After a fine walk in the ancient sites, we also love to relax in a fine restaurant and talk about what we just saw, what we will remember and sometimes our son draws some pictures about the details of the stones and I am always amazed how he can remember such things in such details.

Pretending to be s statue - Ephesus

Pretending to be a statue – Ephesus

Remember me to write about our little “Do you remember?” game later on.