Chip Pan Alley

This is a gumbet – a Bodrum water cistern

We closed the door on our little stone house in the heart of old Bodrum Town for the last time and said our fond farewells to our great neighbours. Tears rolled down Bubbly Beril’s cheeks and Vadim distributed rib-crushing bear hugs. We left Bodrum a week before returning to Blighty. We would have been homeless itinerants if two Gümbet gal-friends hadn’t come up trumps and offered us their holiday villa for a week, no strings attached. It was a fantastic parting gift. Lovely Lemon Tree Villa comes highly recommended. If you want to know more, contact Carole or Liza on

Ironically, it was like taking a proper holiday, the first for four years. We planned to relax around a cool pool with a G&T, ice and a slice. We also planned one or two evenings getting down and dirty with the good, bad and the ugly along chip pan alley with its competing cacophony and naff neon. We were looking forward to witnessing the garrison of tattooed emigrey arms, pussy pelmets and pot-bellied Nike tops on proud display. It was not to be. Instead, our week became a fabulous fanfare of farewells as the Belles and the Gals sent us on our way in drunken style. I’ll be taking my liver back to Blighty in a jiffy bag.

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11 thoughts on “Chip Pan Alley

  1. Bon Voyage Jack and Liam, our paths may yet cross, we have a lot of friends and a love of Turkey in common. xxxx


  2. Bon voyage, Jack and Liam. A meeting in Turkey wasn’t to be, but I am looking forward eagerly to hearing all about your new life in Norwich.


  3. good luck to you and Liam on the next stage of your journey – as Dave Allen used to say ‘May your god go with you.’ Sorry that we never met up in the real world, I think it might have been a gas!


  4. What a fitting way to celebrate friendships and closing the chapter on your Great Escape. As an author you know well that the chapter may end but it’s on to writing the next…life’s a book, baby 😉 Travel well


  5. I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for the past 6 months & have related to the trials & tribulations you’ve gone through (being an ex-pat myself)… PLEASE tell me you’ll continue blogging once you get settled in Blighty…


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