Saturday, 31 January 2015

© Kalkan Rebuilds! - Latest update. New artist impressions.

March 5th 2015.

UPDATE on Kalkan Re-Build! Set for start on March 26th and 70 days to complete?
here's hoping all goes well for our lovely town!

Update February '15 .... storm damages the road to Kas!  Looks like major work ahead?

Highway from Kalkan to Kas badly damaged.

After a devastating fire near the waterfront earlier this year, which destroyed several of Kalkan's well known restaurants the rebuilding begins!
Updates will be posted on this site as we receive them .....

Heavy equipment now clearing the debris from the burned area of Kalkan waterfront. New artist impressions are submitted for the next phase of rebuilding the popular Turkish resort on the Turquoise Coast!

After the Storm - beautiful views from our Villa in Kisla. (photo by Derman)
We returned in March of this year and saw the progress for ourselves. All the destruction has now been cleared and the area being prepared for the new foundations.

June 5th 2015.
Looking at the web pictures of Kalkan we see new streets being laid in Old Town, the work reportedly finishing in about 10 days? Maybe a slower season than expected ahead? We all will be watching the Election this coming Sunday 7th June. Our little town is showing promise of looking really smart!

... and the restaurant building begin their re-build!

October 2015: We return to Kalkan and see the work well in progress with the new site in the harbour district damaged by fire. New facilities underway and restaurants returning! The new streets repairs came out beautifully and the town was full when I first arrived in Mid-September.


The harbour looking as picturesque as ever and the view from the roadside overlooking the town spectacular!

January 2016.

Once again a return to Kalkan! This time for longer residency to enjoy a home here and keep company with some really wonderful people. The town as always being prepared for the upcoming season. January days are much cooler than experienced before. Yet the sun shines and the days are mostly clear and spectacular. A beautiful place to be compared to the wet & cold of the UK or terrible snow storms in the USA! The cruise boats still on dry dock also being readied for their busy times ahead.

The new waterfront is taking great shape and should be well ready for the first visitors arrival in the Spring?

February 2016. Working progressing well. Ready by the season all being well.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

© Wildlife & Nature Photography by Paul Harding

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During the last few years I have specialised in wildlife & nature photography. While flying through the Bahamas with my commercial seaplane charter service there was always a camera stowed close at hand. The aerial views of this island archipelago are often beyond belief. The resulting photographs often look as if they have been enhanced in some ways when the actual colours of the ocean there are as dramatic as the camera records. I added commercial aerial photography to my business portfolio and have been published in popular marine navigation chart publications found in the United States & Caribbean.

The stunning Exuma Cays, Bahamas

With the growing popularity of my photography I branched more into nature photography which coincided with some extra ordinary travel opportunities, namely visiting beautiful Alaska, returning to the countryside of southern England and a stunning opportunity to re-visit East Africa on the Mara Plains. The time spent in the Bahamas was both recorded from the air and underwater with a dive operation I ran for 17 years. The ensuing Facebook page is for all to enjoy:

During my career in the Bahamas I was offered to shoot video for a project that would be aired on the Discovery Channel working with Jeff Hughes, a producer and friend from Beaumont, Texas. We worked on over a dozen of the TV Series 'The International Outdoorsman'. I was honoured to shoot the first shark film aired on that station that later became a hit series that continues today called 'Shark Week'.
All of these adventures with nature will be featured in my autobiography, a work in progress called 'Sharks in the Runway'!

'The Sharks of Stella Maris' TV film shoot in Long Island, Bahamas.

The popular visit by seaplane to the famous Alan's Cay Iguanas

The very popular 'swimming pigs' at Big Major's Spot, Exuma, Bahamas

A highlight of my diving career, swimming with a 40ft Sperm Whale!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

© Discovering the beautiful Eastern Mediterranean!

In May of 2014 I took the opportunity to begin an exploration of places to visit, or maybe even live one day, in the Mediterranean! Having lived on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in the fabulous Bahama Islands practically all my life, now seemed fitting to see other wondrous places in the world that were within easier reach from the new location of the UK. One country kept coming to the forefront, Turkey. Steeped in history from ancient times (a big attraction for this writer) this vast and very diverse country and its people seemed a good place to start? Being also drawn to finding another lovely body of water to swim in, I headed for the southwest Lycian Turquoise Coast and the small resort town of Kalkan.
Beautiful Kalkan Harbour

A two hour drive from Dalaman Airport in Turkey takes one through small residential areas and out into the Turkish countryside. Arid lands give way to farms and eventually the port city of Fethiye. Through mountain passes and the agricultural valleys where tomatoes are exported all over Europe and beyond. The main highway is in great condition and weaves its way through the higher peaks to explode suddenly with the blues of the Mediterranean Sea and the sheltered Bay of Kalkan. The town is full of character lined with a multitude of cobbled streets and shopping for every taste. There are too many restaurants to count being able to please any palate!

A walk along the waterfront offers everyone real pleasures in dining and casual relaxation. The clear warm waters of the Med beckon one to plunge in and swim or snorkel the shoreline.

Within a few kilometres either side of the town beautiful beaches offer a spectacular day's exploring.

Accommodations are vast and varied in Kalkan. I found a gorgeous villa on the hillside just outside of town in the exclusive quiet region of Kisla. The view was stunning! A small water-taxi service running all day would carry passengers across the bay into the town centre. This region is a hot holiday rental area and very popular with Europeans and Brits.

2016 is here and after two years in the UK I have moved back to the sunshine here in Kalkan. There is a winter here! Lots of sunny days but the attire is jeans and sweaters for the most part. A thick jacket to ride the scooter into town! Then comes a day like today where one can lie out under the warm Mediterranean sunshine and get a tan going again, not bad for January - February! (looking the part for the occasional visit back to the Bahama homeland!)

The town is quiet but businesses and residents all occupied with renovations and upgrading of properties readying for the approaching season. Boats still remain on dry-dock as they too get some tender loving care for the visitors approach in the next couple of months.

Recent weather systems racing through the Med have brought occasional rains but so far none of the damaging storms from years past. With the weather comes some spectacular sunsets that only the Turquoise Coast can share with us!

This weekend in February 2016 offered a warm blue Turkish day to drive around the south coast from Kalkan to the next neighboring town or Kas (pronounced Kash) a municipality where government offices and a full resort marina can be found. The natural harbour invites yachts from around the world a safe anchorage here with full marina facilities available.

The town has a beautiful setting with the central waterfront plaza bordered by great restaurants and local stores. 

The coast line around the town offers spectacular walks and dramatic cliffs down to the blues of the Mediterranean.

The Greek island of Meis (pronounced Maysh) lies a short 30 minute ferry ride to the south. Bring your passport and visit another country for lunch and some lovely swimming!

More on Kas coming .....

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