Phoenix Line Dance Club on Tour in Turkey – 2nd to 9th November 2012
A group of sixteen members and friends flew to Antalya before travelling on to Çolaklı on the Turkish Riviera to enjoy a week’s holiday. Çolaklı is situated approximately 8 miles to the west of Side, a town well known for its archaeological ruins.
The trip was organised by Steve & Denise Bisson together with the help of their line dancing friends from Ankara, Őzgűr and Műrűvvet Takaç. The holiday was arranged to include line dance workshops and to take the opportunity to visit the many attractions in the area.
The flight to Antalya on the evening of Friday 2nd November was trouble free and the group arrived on time at 10.15pm where they were met by an old friend, Űnal Gűngőr – a travel agent, who had arranged the coach transfer to the Grand Pearl Hotel in Çolaklı. The hotel provided an excellent all-inclusive service with three meals a day, plus afternoon tea/coffee and cakes, plus a mid-night snack of soup and/or dinner with meat and vegetables. Being all-inclusive meant that all local drinks were available until mid-night – so at 15 minutes to mid-night it was possible to obtain a stock of drinks to take the “night-owlers” through to the wee small hours!
At the hotel the group were met by their friends, Őzgűr and Műrűvvet, who had travelled down by bus from Ankara together with 3 year old daughter, Belinay, and four friends. On Saturday the group were joined by Corrie and Leo De Roo who had flown in from Amsterdam to take part in the many activities. So all in all, the group comprised of 25 people.
Line dance workshops were held each evening before dinner on the hotel pool terrace. After dinner, the group were able to practice the dances they had been taught in the bar area much to the pleasure of the other residents – mainly Russian and German tourists enjoying the last days of the Turkish summer.
Members of the group went on several excursions which included: a nature tour of the Taurus Mountains, camel rides, Manavgat River trip and Manavgat Water Falls, Manavgat town market, shopping in Antalya, the Roman ruins in Side old town. One of the group, Arnold Lodge, even managed to take part in some white water rafting – Arnold later said that it was the best holiday activity that he had taken part in for 3 years. Nobody else was brave enough to join him!
The weather throughout was much like Northern Cyprus with daytime temperatures in the high twenties, cooling in the evenings but still warm enough to sit out on the many terraces overlooking the huge swimming pool.
All too soon the week’s holiday was over and the happy bunch of travellers from Northern Cyprus said their goodbyes to old and new friends from Ankara and Amsterdam before making the hour long coach ride to Antalya airport. The flight back early in the evening of Friday, 9th November went without a hitch – the Pegasus flight even managed to arrive at Ercan ten minutes ahead of schedule!
Everyone agreed that this had been a superb holiday. Phoenix LDC will be returning to the Turkish Riviera in November of next year and hope to make this an annual event.
The next Phoenix LDC trip will be to Handeloh, a village near Hamburg in Germany in April 2013. This trip is planned to coincide with a three day Country Music and Line Dance Festival in the nearby town of Wesel.
Author: Steve Bisson