The Turkish Lake District
11th December 2016
We had enjoyed Alanya very much. The dogs had loved running along the beach, and we had all enjoyed the historical monuments throughout the town and the warm friendliness towards us all.
Our next destination was Beysiher, located in the Konya province in the Central Anatolian region. At ten o’clock, we set of on our seven hour trip…..wait, what! It seemed the sat nav, Sabina, had made a slight error, because I had found a quicker and faster route that went back to Side, and then to a main highway going all the way to Beysiher and Konya. Sabrina’s route took us back to Antalya and up to Isparta, and then around Beysiher lake. So, using intelligent lookouts, google maps, and a paper road map, we managed to get onto the main road going to Beysiher. Once on the lovely, large main road it became clear why Sabina had not sent us this way…. In her tiny satellite of a brain this road didn’t exist! Currently we were off-roading so hard Jonny Jeep would be proud!
Going through the Taurus mountains, that split the cities on the Mediterranean coast, and the cities of the Central Anatolian region, the landscape was always changing. At some points, there were impressive large, towering mountains, which were snow capped, and at some points, there were small, rolling hills. Other times, the hills were lightly coated in white powder, and many small and undeveloped villages lined the main road, with the old Turkish men brandishing there old and large guns and tired, weighed down donkeys whilst sitting having a cup of Turkish tea.
While the men were busy drinking tea, the women were at work gardening and cleaning. Some young boys were fishing, while most,-(like there fathers)-were drinking tea. The rocky landscape is almost impassable, and with no OS maps, nobody would dare try and explore the unforgiving landscape, unlike the Lake District of the Yorkshire Dales, where it has many known paths and tracks. The weather outside had changed dramatically since we left Alanya, and despite being sunny, it was a chilly eight degrees Celsius.
Soon, we had passed the tallest mountains, and we were on a two lane road, that turned in and out small, steep hills. The road was empty, not a car in site.
Our accommodation in Beysehir was a small hotel called the Ata Park hotel, just past the outskirts of the lake side city. When we arrived at the hotel, we knew that is was going to be a small, quiet hotel, and that the owners of the hotel had a Kangal….. Mum had read a trip advisor review about the hotel after she had booked it and it told of the hotels dogs roaming, attacking the visitors pet dog and biting her husband.
Mum was wary, and she normally isn’t bothered about our dogs meeting others, we left the dogs in the car whilst mum and GEOFF tried to get the hotel owners to tie up their dogs or at least put them on a lead until ours had acquainted them…. It became apparent that the hotel owners were actually afraid of their own dogs and had no control over them, not a re assuring start!
What we also didn’t know, was that the Kangol had a male friend, and they had had two, young puppy’s. This was going to make the already growling Kangol more of a problem! It was a lengthy process with GEOFF and Mum doing the co-ordinating between all of the dogs, Asena was attacked a couple of times, ( dogs always go for her because she is so big, and she’s such a wuss she just runs away, which is sometimes amusing, but not when it’s a 45 kilo snarling, protective Kangol chasing her! ) mum and Geoff were apprehensive about the place from the start!
The hotel had a beautiful view looking over Turkeys largest fresh water lake and a large private beach, very pretty. There were some raised eyebrows at the fact that our dogs were a tally going to come indoors…. The Booking.com advert that proclaimed that this hotel was dog friendly was looking a little suspect!
The whole reason we had decided to stay in Beysehir was that Konya was completely booked. After a quick re check it seemed more rooms in Konya had been released and there were now some vacancies there, ( this would also save an hours drive into and out of Konya from Beysehir each day, ) we all had a quick re think and whilst eating that night, we decide that we would cancel our 6 day stay at the lake and go to an Ibis hotel in Konya mainly as we were so worried for the dogs.