I’ve been looking back at old photos recently and reminiscing on ‘the good old days’. Although my first visit to Calis was only in 2010, a lot has changed in the past 5 years, and yet still so much stays the same.
I was on holiday in Calis staying in a hotel Berkay worked in, and it’s so funny now looking back on photos I took around that time, totally unaware how things would pan out in the future. It was Grand Vizon hotel in Calis where I stayed, and where we met. I remember sitting on the balcony taking photos of our view over the pool just to remember the place by – little did I know I’d end up living around the corner to this hotel for 3 years, or be walking around the hotel grounds in winter playing fetch with our dog, Boncuk, or having weekly winter BBQ’s with Berkay, sat next to the empty pool long after the tourists had gone home and the summer season finished.
It’s also funny to think that one of the other waiters who worked in the hotel when I met Berkay would become one of our best friends and that I’d be sitting in the house of him and his wife every week for tea and biscuits and playing with their baby son!
Whilst some things have changed, some things never do. This photo of me walking down the road leading to the hotel just sums me up perfectly… animal mad, ever so slightly crazy cat lady. This was taken just on a daytime stroll back to the hotel, where I seemed to attract a small army of kittens. 5 years on this still happens – if there’s a stray cat or dog somewhere I’ll normally end up sat on the floor playing with it! I still do this now in England on my way to work, there’s a cat who wanders around the bottom of our road and on my way to the train station everyday if I see him I stop and talk to him (yes, talk) in fact, I even missed my train once because I stopped to stroke this cat…
Calis itself is of course just as beautiful as ever, apart from a lick of paint on the umbrellas which are now multicoloured, the wide uncrowded beach, the gentle waves of the sea and the backdrop of Babadağ mountain remains much the same. Tourists still come and go every summer and thousands of people fall in love with the place every year.
I wonder how many other tourists like me have sat their bottoms on the stoney beach of Calis and not realised how much the place would change their lives? Or not realised that the place they were visiting for a week’s holiday would turn into a place they’d call home? Do you have any stories of how this place changed you forever?
Wow, Calis looks just like Kusadasi!
Really, I’ve never been! x
Loved Calis so much bought a house there.Moving over there next week.Cannot wait.Living the dream
how did the move go?! 🙂 x
Great blog. Would love to visit there soon. I am planning a journey through Turkey myself. How far is this from Istanbul / Bursa. I am planning to publish photobook about my visit to Turkey. More details can be found http://bit.ly/1liga72.
You can follow the progress of my trip here: http://on.fb.me/1GzD6T4
Thanks! Ooh nice, I will have a look! x
WOW! Yes. I can relate to this so, so much. I haven’t moved to Turkey (yet), but I’m currently traveling around the country for the third summer in a row. This place has become my home more than any other country I’ve visited and I’ve been to at least 30 in the past two years. So many spots here make me feel nostalgic for my first visit as well because at the time I too had NO idea what I was getting myself into by coming here. Some of my most nostalgic me mories include: finding the most beautiful place on earth (Faralya), finding the perfect small towns with beaches surrounded by mountains (Cirali), and falling in love for the first time in years…. with somebody who I was unaware at the time was married (in Cappadocia)… some painful moments there, but I hold everything that has happened in this country so close to my heart, as you do.