Phoenix Line Dance Club on Tour in Turkey – 16th to 23rd November 2013
A group of twenty two members and friends flew from Ercan to Antalya before travelling on to Çolaklı on theTurkish Riviera to enjoy a week’s holiday at the 5 star, all-inclusive, Grand Pearl Hotel. 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 mainly for the Phoenix line dancers to take part in “7 Nights to Roll”, a two week International Line Dancing Event that was billed as “The Best Line Dancing Holiday Ever”. The Phoenix group opted to take part in the second week of this event.
The flight to Antalya on the evening of Saturday, 16th November was trouble free and the group arrived on time at 10.20pm and soon after they boarded the coach for the transfer to the Grand Pearl Hotel in Çolaklı. The hotel provided an excellent 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 (Oscar) Takaç and Űnal Gűngőr of Antberg Tourizm (co-organiser of the event), also there to greet the group was Devon, the Country Music singer that most of the group knew from his many energetic performances in Northern Cyprus. Devon had travelled from the UK as a special guest to entertain throughout the two weeks. The group were joined by three other friends that had flown in from Düsseldorf and Vienna to take part in the many activities. So all in all, the Phoenix group comprised of 25 people. Other groups had flown in from Hamburg, Hanover and Stuttgart, Germany. Also taking part were a group of dancers from Telmessos Line Dancers based in Fethiye and Kalkan, Turkey plus a few from Őzgűr’s club in Ankara, bringing the total numbers up to around 50 people. The first week, however, included groups from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Latvia, France, Germany and Turkey – a truly international gathering of like-minded people!
Line dance workshops were held each morning after breakfast and again in the evening before dinner. From 9.0 o’clock until mid-night each evening, the dancers in the group were able to practice the dances they had been taught plus dancing many “old” favourites, much to the pleasure of the other residents. A total of 26 new dances were taught during the week-long workshops with Őzgűr taking the lead roll while Steve was given the opportunity to teach 7 dances to the multi-national group.
Members of the group went on several excursions which included: a boat trip on the Manavgat River, shopping at the street bazaar in the nearby town of Manavgat, a mini-tour of Antalya, the Roman ruins in Side old town. One of the events on offer was to enjoy the delights of a Turkish evening at the hotel’s Ottoman Restaurant that included the performance of a ubiquitous belly dancer!
The weather throughout the week 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 a tired but happy bunch of travellers from Northern Cyprus said their goodbyes to old and new friends before making the hour long coach ride to Antalya airport. The flight back early in the morning of Saturday, 23rd November went without a hitch – the Pegasus flight even managed to arrive at Ercan ahead of schedule!
Everyone agreed that this had been a superb holiday. Phoenix LDC will be returning to the Turkish Riviera in November 2014 for the second week of what will then be a five week International Line Dancing Event that is being billed as “Legends Of Line Dance”.
This holiday was the 7th organised by Phoenix LDC which have included 5 trips to Turkey and 2 trips to Handeloh, a village near Hamburg in Germany. In 2014 Phoenix LDC are planning to visit Holland and Germany – and maybe Italy to take part in more international line dance events!
Author: Steve Bisson