Apparently the food was wonderful, and very plentiful (a 5-course dinner every night seems to have been the norm). Even at breakfast they served five different types of local cheese...
|A small part of the breakfast buffet|
In the hotel grounds there was a vegetable garden and an orchard, producing ingredients for the hotel kitchen, a vineyard with 11 types of dessert grapes, as well as beehives for making the hotel's own honey. There was also a trout pool, though that wouldn't appeal to me since I don't eat fish! Here's a shot of a part of the garden, showing Lavender, grape-vines and citrus trees.
|A part of the hotel garden|
On a couple of occasions the hotel laid on a barbecue dinner, serving various meat and fish offerings, supplemented by freshly-made traditional flat-breads - the local equivalent of the tortilla or the pizza, I suppose.
|Jane learning how to make flatbreads|
One day there was an excursion to see a carpet-factory, where they demonstrated the whole process, from the extraction of silk from the cocoon, right up to the hand-knotting of the carpets.
|Washing the silk cocoons|
|Hand-knotting and weaving a carpet|
Another stop on the excursion itinerary took in a tiny cottage-industry factory extracting essential oils from herbs and flowers -- such as thyme, sage, rose, gardenia etc. (No pictures of the 'factory' unfortunately, but here's one of the delightfully "no-frills" style product).
|Thyme oil and "Anais" perfume|
The proprietor of the essential oils factory had a rather fine garden of his own, growing things like beans, peppers and chillis.
So, as you can see, although I didn't actually go on this holiday, I did derive a considerable amount of pleasure from hearing about all the delightful things to be found in Turkey -- so I will probably offer no resistance at all to Jane's plan that we should go there together next year...