Frank Sinatra once sang that "It's very nice to go traveling, but it's oh so nice to come home"
Well I've just done my bit of traveling for the year - my annual trip back to the UK to see my family, so hardly adventurous or exotic, but a much needed fix of family and friends. It made me ask myself where is home? We are told that home is where the heart is and that is so true. But when you heart is divided between two different lives in two different countries its never easy. When I go back to Manchester I always say I'm going home. But when I leave I know for sure that I am coming home! Goodbyes are never easy and I am always somewhat emotional when I say farewell to my nearest and dearest in the UK, but as the plane descends a strange sort of peace settles as I know I am truly at home in Turkey
This year was no different. After a couple of weeks being royally entertained by family and friends it was finally time to return to Kalkan. With the added complication of my bags deciding to take a slightly later flight I was finally home. Still feeling a little emotional I was delighted when a good friend called me to see if I wanted a coffee and a catch up and the answer was a resounding yes! So we headed off down to the harbour to sit in some much needed sun. The weather in the UK had been cold, wet and windy and we even had a heavy snowfall, so it was just lovely to feel the warmth of the sun on my face.
We arrived at Aubergine to find it packed with locals and ex-pats alike, all just enjoying life. The sun was shining. A gentle breeze rustled in the trees and the sound of laughter filled the air. As I sat and watched the boats gently bobbing on the water I knew I was home. All of a sudden, lots of people got to their feet and went to look out over the water, being naturally nosy, I didn't want to miss out on whatever was happening, so I joined them. And there in the water was a seal, swimming around and raising its head every now and then to see what was going on. Apparently she has been around for a while and has recently given birth to pups, but for me it was my first sighting. It was truly magical.
As I headed of home it made me realize what a special place Kalkan is and how lucky I am to live here. Choosing to by a holiday home or deciding to move to a different country is not a decision that you can take lightly. But once you have done your homework and once you know that a little bit of your heart will always be in that place then I would say go with it!
Kalkan is a wonderful place to live and every day is special. If it is something you are thinking about then take the bull by the horns and follow your heart. We have some amazing properties for sale up at LaVanta and a lifestyle that is second to none......yesterday we saw temperatures of 19 degrees - a prefect day for a 12km walk along Patara beach! The opportunities to get the most out of every day are endless.
And if you are not ready to invest in a holiday home but still enjoy the magic of Turkey and Kalkan, then most of our owners offer their villas for holiday rentals and for a couple of weeks you can enjoy the LaVanta lifestyle. If you are thinking about your 2015 holiday, then get in touch and we can point you in the right direction for the perfect holiday villa