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Scenes on Sunday ~ Oludeniz

some places were made for relaxing vacations

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a nice pool helps when it’s 100 in the shade

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Chris Rea

home isn’t always where the heart is

Back at home after a sunshine vacation.  All of which was good, except for the sick flight home.  I thought I was looking for the summer ~ seems the truth is, I was trying to fill an empty place in my heart.

Today, here in England it’s cold, wet, grey.  My friends are acting strangely.  I’ve been as sick as a dog for a week.

I’m beginning to wonder if coming home was such a good idea.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

time I found a way to fly away

 

Sick Flights

sometimes air sickness isn’t about a bumpy flight

My flight back from my vacation in Turkey was terrible, not because it was a bumpy flight, but because there were so many sick people on the aeroplane. Before we took off a whole family was deplaned because they were too ill to  travel, much tears and consternation.

They had been sitting just across the aisle from me.

Several other people were very sick for the whole 4 hour journey, and one middle-aged woman fainted and had to be given oxygen.

As I’ve been ill since I got back to the garret, I ‘m wondering if the trip was such a good idea, after all.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

but Turkey is a great place for a sunshine vacation

Another Vacation Over

there’s no place like home

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

I’m exchanging all that for this

similar but a lot colder

Scenes on Sunday ~ Oludeniz

the paragliders are out in force today, squadrons of them

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Orville and Wilbur might approve, but you will never get me up in one of those things

Vacation Mornings

it’s so quiet you can hear the sunrise

Saturday morning after the Friday night partying here, and only me and a few determined German joggers and powerwalkers are out and about.  They never look as though they are having fun.  Mayhap ‘fun’ is verboten.

The bread delivery man and street-sweepers are out and about too.  Only a Mediterranean people would think it a good idea to have a couple of guys with a dustpan and brush each set off to clean up a whole street.

And now it’s coffee time.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a few short hours ago this street was jumping

Peace and Quiet

it’s so serene here by dawn’s early light

Nobody around at 07:00 except for the bread man, a few determined runners, the cats and dogs, and me.  I like early mornings.  Everyone you might meet is so much nicer at that secret time of day.

I also like a very early morning coffee, and I’ve found a place that does a good take out brew.  ’twas easy, because it was always going to be right next to the cab rank.

On my way back to the hotel the first paragliders came in.  They like the still early morning air and clear skies.  (and no, you’re not getting me up there, not without some moral support)

I have no big plans for today, except for time by the hotel pools.  Reading, sunbathing, swimming, daydreaming…….

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

It really is that gorgeous here

 

 

Vacation Thoughts

I’m busy doing nothing, working hard at finding things not to do.

The view from my balcony ~ the water is really warm

A vacation in Turkey has a lot going for it.  Nice hotels, brilliant blue skies, great food, not having to do anything I don’t want to do.  And it’s really good value for money.  Today I had a great lunch in a nice beach restaurant ~ about $7.50 all in.

And last night I slept like a hibernating teddybear.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a twin room is fine if you’re travelling alone

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Mahmut Orhan

 even after the darkest night there can still be a beautiful morning

Today I’m in a place called Oludeniz in Turkey.  Allegedly this artist, song , and video are pretty big here.  The boat is called a gulet, and I have sailed on one of those things.  It was a pretty nice vacation, but there was nonbody on that boat quite as good looking as the women in this video.

As it goes the Aegean is that precise brilliant blue, and some Turkish women really are blonde and beautiful.

I still can’t abide any octopus any place, any time, in any way.

Please listen enviously.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Turkish excursion boat

Vacation in Turkey

the life you have known isn’t the only life you will ever know

Overseas travel is a little problematic just now.  There are some places I cannot go, some places I can go to will mean self-isolation for a couple of weeks when I return home, and some other places I would never go to anyway.  Of all the world one of the countries I can travel to without much hassle is Turkey.  So, in a little while I’m taking myself off to a little town on the Turkish Aegean cost, hard by the mountains.  In theory, maybe, if I’m lucky.

As the 600,000 thousand or so British holiday makers who went to Spain recently will tell you ~ thinking it was safe, permitted, allowed, not a lot of hassle ~ the rules can all change at the drop of a hat.  Some estimate that there are 1.8 million Britons in Spain right now, (including the ex-pats), and any of them returning to the UK will immediately have to spend 14 days in lockdown, under some very stringent not-going-outside rules.  And when they are allowed out they will have to wear a face-nappy.  If anyone breaks the rules they could face a hefty fine.

(BTW neither a face mask, nor surgical gloves offer any protection whatsoever to COVID-19.)

It’s all utterly farcical, knee-jerk, bullying, pathetic, lily livered political crap.  The Government here warns that there is no viable alternative to 14 day quarantine for travellers returning to the UK from high-risk countries.  It looks like Belgium, Luxembourg, and Croatia will be taken off the ‘safe travel list’ tomorrow.  The Government say that; ‘people should continue to book holidays, but they needed to be aware of the risk of the 14 day quarantine being imposed for the country they are travelling to’.  Oh, for f**ks sake!  What a bunch of w**kers!

Meanwhile, here in Europe, lockdown free Sweden is managing quite nicely, seeing a very positive downward trend in coronavirus cases.  Officials there utterly play down the effectiveness of masks on public transport, saying there’s no point to a face-nappy.  Naturally the other European Union countries are not happy with the Swedish stance on COVID-19.  You can always tell a Swede, but you can’t tell him much.

Some say that I’m stupid to go abroad in the middle of a pandemic.  And that it will serve me right if I have to submit to 14 days of quarantine upon my return.  All I know is I’m going anyway, unless Boris panics again.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

I think that Marmaduke wants to go with me

he’s got a hell of a lot of luggage for a bear

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