Screw camping, we’re getting an apartment in Fethiye

Fethiye, Turkey

After six months of moving fast through Europe, I’m thrilled to report we’ve arrived and settled ourselves in Fethiye, a resort town on the Turkish Mediterranean where we’ll be spending the next few months.

Mark, Scout, and I are burned out and dying for a break. We’ve been racing through Europe because of Schengen visa restrictions, so staying in one place for a while will be bliss. We’ll do some home-schooling, focus on our growing ebook design business, and figure out where we’re going to live after we fly back to Canada. We sold everything before leaving to ensure the world would be wide open to us when we returned. Well, so it is.

We’d hoped to do all this thinking, working, and learning at one of the nearby campgrounds, but it turned out to be way too rustic and isolated for a long-term winter stay. No hot water in the showers. No internet. Not within walking distance of town. It’s jacket weather and the campground is deserted. Bah! No good. It’s beautiful, but two months of that and we’ll be going all Jack Nicholson on each other.

Fortunately Barry and Julia of Turkey’s for Life came to the rescue. They’re based here in Fethiye and within days of arriving, they’d hooked us up with a friend’s empty-but-furnished apartment for less than the cost of a campground. (Thank you, thank you, thank you!) We encourage you to check out their excellent blog to learn more about Fethiye and the surrounding area.

So for the next two months we’ll have 700 square feet (a mansion!) to ourselves. There’s even a washing machine, so no more hand washing for a while. A huge fridge and stove mean I can make great use out of all the wonderful produce for sale at the farmers markets. And the shower, oh the shower. It’s got hot water (when the sun’s out anyway) and I don’t have to skittle across a campground to use it. Swank!

I’m sure by February the three of us will be dying to get back on the road, but for now this apartment is dreamy.

Apartment in Fethiye, Turkey

 Our new apartment


Archie gets to run in the hills every morning.


 Ooh la la…my kitchen with WASHING MACHINE!


The joy of learning (or perhaps just stretching)


We moved the couch so Archie could look out the window…


Oh look, there he is again. What a handsome dog!


Let’s include Mark too, so he doesn’t feel left out.


View from the balcony (when you have drumsticks for legs)


Our foyer…

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenn November 21, 2011 at 7:59 pm

That pic of Jack Nicholson describes how I feel about my kids right now. Brian and I went out on a “date” to buy groceries….so romantic! lol

Nice place! That view of Fethiye made me miss our time there even more. Such a lovely place to hang out for 2 months! I miss the market and their delicious fresh breads too. I’m looking forward to hearing about your discoveries for the next year.

And oh, Archie is so adorable!! I think that when we move back home and find another place to stay for a while, we’ll get a puppy. The kids want one so badly.

Wish you all the best,
Jenn :=)


2 Renee November 22, 2011 at 8:45 am

LOL, Jenn. I hear you about the grocery-store date. We’re loving Fethiye and feeling right at home.

Dogs are the best. Are you planning to return to Canada? Or stay in France? Or try a new place each year? Your dog can come with you.


3 Turkey's For Life November 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Awww, love the pics of Archie! Every self-respecting apartment/house in Fethiye needs a perpetual row of empty Efes bottles outside. Just as you get rid of them, they inevitably reappear again. 🙂


4 Renee November 22, 2011 at 8:00 am

We’re blending right in, aren’t we?


5 Jennifer Duncan November 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Isn’t it great to take a break? We are at a relatives for a week and I’m loving the space!


6 Renee November 22, 2011 at 8:40 am

Hi, Jennifer.

With three boys, I have no doubt! 😉

We’re enjoying our new space as well, though we were quite comfortable in the camper and with each other in the small space. It was the campgrounds that were becoming uncomfortable. Not sure how they are in N. America, but here (at least in Turkey and Greece, where we just spent a quick month) in winter they are completely deserted. No other campers, skeleton staff. All the showers are solar, so on grey days there isn’t any hot water. Spooky! Of course on the plus side, we could listen to movies on our laptops at full volume and let Archie loose to chase cats. 🙂


7 Dwayne November 22, 2011 at 12:05 am

Hi there gang, that sounds wonderful after so many months in a camper. I hope to hear about it upon your return as Julie and I will be in a similar situation in years to come. All the best, enjoy your travels and the time together…what a great experience. We will hopefully see in Toronto upon your return. Cheers



8 Mark November 22, 2011 at 8:47 am

Thanks, Dwayne. This apartment is a nice break from the road. A chance to recharge the batteries and catch up with other obligations. It will be interesting to see what we will be feeling after a couple months in this lap of comfort. Based on past experience, my guess would be a swelling of desire to start going again. After a year we’ll have lots to talk about with you and Julie upon our return. My first piece of advice: start planning. Cheers!


9 Tricia(Geeky Explorers) November 22, 2011 at 12:51 am

Looks awesome! Can’t wait to hear how you adapt to staying still for awhile and Turkey sounds like an amazing place to do it.


10 Renee November 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

Thanks, Tricia.

We’re loving Turkey and I won’t want to leave in two months, though I suspect we’ll be ready to start touring again. Fethiye would make a terrific permanent base.


11 Alan November 22, 2011 at 8:23 am

. . with a bit of luck we’ll see you at the Calis (say Chalish) Christmas Fair in about 12 days. We’ll be with disabled artist Gulay.
Welcome to Mugla.


12 Mark November 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

Once we find out when and where it will be, we would enjoy meeting you at the Çaliş Christmas Fair. Sounds like a fun time. You know, I have a background in art. Mainly painting. Though it’s been a long time.


13 Kirk November 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I love the pictures and the sun shining through the windows make me very jealous. Vancouver is doing the ovecast, chilly, rainy thing again so you guys are definitely not missing anything.


14 Mark November 23, 2011 at 8:53 am

The sun does more than lift the spirits. As most apartments here, our water is heated by the sunshine. When the sun is shining, I find the system is amazingly efficient. One has plenty of hot water — even in the winter. When the sun is NOT shinning? Well, I guess one skips a shower that day.


15 elaine November 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Hi guys! So happy for you that you get a chance to re-charge. Yay for hot showers & a non-moving kitchen 🙂

hugs to all. xoxo


16 Mark November 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Thanks, Elaine! We’re sure enjoying the change. The girls say hi. Hugs back to you, too.


17 Lynn Ingram November 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm

this looks fab – what can i say – i know exactly how excited you must be about the space, convenience and luxury – just don’t fill it up with crap that you will need to fit back into the camper – although you are all so minimalist that I’m sure you won’t!! Miss you all – Lynnxxxx


18 Renee November 24, 2011 at 8:13 am

Hi, Lynn!

Yes it’s fab, but don’t worry, we aren’t filling it up with crap, lol. We did buy a larger cooking pot, which we’ll probably leave with friends when we leave, but that’s it, I promise.

Can’t wait to see you guys in the spring. 🙂


19 Lynn Ingram December 21, 2011 at 12:50 am

Yeah – nor can we – we must arrange soon – am emailing you now



20 Bridgette Booth December 16, 2011 at 12:15 am

Love your new space! It looks like you are well-arranged for planning your next adventure.

By the way, is it common to have a washing machine in the kitchen? Don’t think I’ve ever seen that but am now fascinated with the possibilities.


21 Renee December 18, 2011 at 7:47 am

Hi, Bridgette. Yes, the space is working well for us, though we’re starting to miss life on the road.

In my travels to England, I’ve noticed washing machines are in the kitchen. Not sure if that’s for ease of use or ease of plumbing, but I really like it. Back home I’d always forget about the laundry because it was down in the basement. Having the washer in the kitchen, where I’m often pottering around anyway, is super convenient, and if I ever built my own house, I’d probably design it that way.


22 Akila January 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Renee, I know that this is totally random but Patrick and I are starting to look for places to stay on the Turkish coast in May (we’re looking a little early because I’m a bit worried that spots are going to book up as high season begins in Europe). We know we’re going to be there about 3 weeks to a month and this apartment looks perfect. Do you mind introducing me to your friends cause I’d love to talk to them about this place if it’s still available in May?
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