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Warning to young females thinking of travelling to Turkey.
I wanted to write this blog to advise young girls who are thinking of travelling to Marmaris, Dalaman. Turkey.
Myself and a friend travelled to Turkey June this year 2015.
A few friends warned us to "be careful of Turkish men" as they had experienced pushy and letchy behaviour. We had both previously holidayed in Turkey with boyfriends and had experienced no problems.
Although we took that on board. We went with an open mind, but could never have predicted what would happen.
I am not here to dampen turkish men's names or tar them all with the same brush.
But I need to and must make young girls aware of the dangers of holidaying in places such as Marmaris.
It was our first day. We had been harassed and ogled repeatedly for our first few hours in Marmaris.
There are no Turkish women around or on the streets apart from a few holidaymakers and to be honest we felt uneasy. I have travelled to many countries and generally felt as ease with my surroundings. but this place had an unsafe feel to it. even in the daylight.
The evening set in. We enjoyed a few drinks at the hotel and made our way out to the bars, again no women are around. We drank a few drinks. We danced. We grabbed a kebab. Then we Caught a taxi.
Generally a normal night out for carefree young girls on holiday right?
But That's when our night took a turn for the worse. Once in the taxi the cab driver pulled a knife and we were taken to a gated property. We were raped at knife point for several hours and how we got out alive is a miracle.
We were too traumatised to report to the Turkish authorities and flew home as soon as possible. I am glad we did, as Once we arrived home we reported to British police. We were told roughly 270 rapes were reported last year in Marmaris by British women, and not one of them were brought to justice. I was also told the Turkish authorities believe if a woman is wearing clothing they deem to be inappropriate, your seen to be asking to be raped. Sickening yes. My father contacted the embassy. Has he ever received a reply? No because they don't want to acknowledge this is happening. Maybe because they don't want it to affect there tourism or maybe they think "we are asking it".
I am writing this to warn innocent young girls who are thinking to travelling to a country like Turkey for their holidays this year. I am warning parents, do not let your daughters travel to a country with a system who believes that this is ok to happen and a "justice" system that serves no justice but let's sick twisted evil men roam their streets free to violate and ruin young girls lives.
Knowing that that "thing" and I will only refer to the perpetrator as "it" and "thing" because in my eyes it is not human, is walking around free and is able to potentially put young girls through what me and my best friend went through sends chills down my spine and makes me feel sick.
So please I ask of you to keep yourselves safe and travel to a country where you have faith in their justice system to help you should you find yourself in trouble and Somewhere you would feel safe to walk the streets. I am not suggesting that this doesn't happen in other countries but please do your research and ideally pick one that does not possess a medEVIL attitude to women and their rights.
Thank you for reading. Please share this with your friends and loved ones to keep them safe.
DAY TOUR TO DALYAN BY BOAT
I was picked up at 8.45am and taken to the Marmaris pier for my Day Tour. To my surprise, the Boat was huge, not the size that I had expected. I should think there would have been about 200 people on it. Upstairs, there was sunlounges and cushions to lay on, inside, Tables, Lounges & dance area and food bar.
1st stop was at a cove where if you wanted you could go for a swim in the Ocean.
Inbetween stops, lunch was had on the Boat, this was included in the price. It was Macaroni, Salad, Cooked Chicken, piece of Bread. If you wanted a Drink, that cost extra.
2nd stop was Turtle beach, a long sandy beach with heaps of different tour groups swimming here. Here, we transferred from the big Boat to smaller ones.
3rd stop was the Mud Baths. To get here, we went on one of the smaller Boats through the freshwater lake and the high Reeds, quite pretty. The Movie the "African Queen" was filmed here.
4th stop was infront of the Tombs that are carved in the cliffs.
A photo of every person/couple was taken on the way to the Mud Baths and on the way back of course, was given to you for a look hoping that you would buy. I must say, that they were very well done, really nice, and only cost 10 t/l.
Back to port after a full day.
What really spoilt this day for me, was the dancing by a young group of Turkish people on the tour for the day. The dancing was ok., but they had the music turned up extremely loud, so loud, that it vibrated through my body!! There was no escaping it, I tried, and it was still pretty loud on the deck, and on the way back it was cool sitting on the deck. This happened there and back.
I was really looking forward to this tour but didn't enjoy it, the music wrecked it - way too loud, too big a boat with too many people, not much of an inclusive lunch.
The Tour company was Orca Tours and cost was 30t/l I wouldn't recommend them.
- National/State Park
- Sailing and Boating
Dalyan Caunos, Turtle Beach
Turtle Beach! A Day Out for the second largest beach of Turkey! Sail Through the reed islands! Visit King Rock Tombs and enjoy the MUD-BATH! Most Popular Trip all over the region!
DEPART : Marmaris : 10:00 Icmeler : 09:30
ARRIVAL : Marmaris : 19:00 Icmeler : 19:15
Includes : Boat Fare, Transfer, Lunch, Insurance , River Boat Fare, Sunbeds, WC, Bar on the Boat.
Price : 20 Eu / 14 GBP
DALYAN MUD BATH
This is my wife and kids at the Dalyan mud bath. I don't think i have ever seen the kids so clean hahahaha. And as for the wife, this mud bath is ment to reverse the ageing process ( IT HAS NOT WORKED ) Hahahaha.
FOR A MORE DETAILED LOOK AT THE MUD BATHS CHECK OUT MY DALYAN PAGE
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
Dalyan is a truly beautifull place. Its discribed as being one of the last corners of paradise and i for one think they are spot on. Overlooking the village are the fantastic Lycian rock tombs of the once kings also the anchient city of Caunos and its ruined amphitheatre and mud baths. When you get to Dalyan you will need to hop on a boat this will take you on a 40 minute trip to Istuzu beach traveling through the huge reeds and passing by the rock tombs. Incidentally the film African Queen starring Humphry Boggart was filmed in these reeds. On the way you can visit the Llica mud baths,our kids loved this. These mud baths are supposed to keep you young looking, it didn't work for my wife Ha Ha Ha. Istuzo beach is one of the last nesting grounds for the endangered Loggerhead turtles and i was lucky enough to see one.
MORE DETAILED PAGES OF THIS WONDERFUL PLACE CAN BE FOUND ON MY DALYAN PAGE, PLEASE TAKE A LOOK
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I have never felt better than that day when I went to river Dalyan and when we visited 'healthy spa'. At first sight is awful BUT when you enter into mud and after that the feeling is....I can't explain...It's just FANTASTIC!!!It is also very funny.Picture is talking for itself;o)
Dalyan : Turtle Beach
One of the best beaches of Turkey.It is about 7 km. long and one side is the sea and the other side is the fresh water.The Caretta Caretta turtles come there every year around july between september to lay there eggs.So,because of them the beach is protected.It is forbidden to build of any hotels on the beach.Thi beach is closed at 20.00 pm.-09.00 am. because of the Caretta Carettas. Here you get some free time to swim/sunbathe. It's nice warm water, and a great panorama on the beach between the mountains.
Dalyan : Healthy Mud Baths with lots of fun
Dalyan has many therapeutic hot springs. The waters which contain radioactive elements and sulphur are believed to cure rheumatism, skin, liver, spleen and bowel complaints, as well as being beneficial for nervous and digestive disorders.
The Sultaniye Thermal Bath which is famous in Turkey, the water is 40 degrees C. The water used since Hellenistic times.
The mud baths are also said to remedy rheumatism as well as cleanse and beautify skin. Once you have covered yourself in the mud, than you wait for a few minutes for it to dry. You clean yourself in the sulphur pool. Mud bath is also at a temperature of 40 degrees.
See my Dalyan pages for extra-ordinairy and funny pictures, and also the travelogues at the bottom!!! It's worth a look.
Dalyan : Ancient Rock Tombs near Caunos
High on the cliffs above Caunos you can see the unique and magnificently carved Lycian rock tombs. This funeral culture unique in history, was done only by the Lycians. It dates back to 400 B.C and some of them were re-used by the Romans were again-used.
DALYAN ROCK TOMBS
The look of amazement,
CHECK OUT MY DALYAN PAGES FOR MORE INFO AND WONDERFUL PHOTOS OF THIS GREAT PLACE
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
Dalyan : enjoy the river trip through nature
Watch out for turtles (hard to find).
And enjoy the fresh forel from this river afterwards. Also take a dive in this warm river.
One of the fun things to do in Marmaris are the mud baths.Its part of a day trip to Dalyan.The only thing that is not so good aboout it ,is that the smell stays a few days.
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