Second Anniversary Special

Trip Start Aug 12, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Wow! So two years ago we set off for Istanbul. We remember thinking, who is stupid enough to go to Istanbul in August and no wonder the flights are cheap..... Well, Istanbul turned out to be perfect, Turkey a revelation and Steve entered his own dream world also known as "Kebabylon"! 

It is nigh on impossible to mention every highlight of the last two years, so we'll present some special awards:

Best Meal - Monstrous Tiger Prawns and great company at Cherai Beach, India. 

Best Kebab in the World - Beit Jabri, Damascus, that sheep did not die in vain. 

Finest City - Chiang Mai, Thailand. We love it, we miss it and we will be back!

Greatest Ruin - Petra, Jordan. Nothing prepares you for just how extraordinary it is! 

Best Food - Georgetown, Panang, Malaysia! A tough choice, but worthy winner!

Architecture - Sanli Urfa, Turkey. Amazing mosque complex, beautiful parks and historic courtyards everywhere including our lovely hotel.

Best View - Dana, Jordan. Simply breathtaking!

Best Building - The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They may not be the tallest anymore, but they are definitely the most stylish!

Best Beach - Nipah Beach, Tioman and Mira Beach, Perhentian Kecil. Both Malaysia, both stunning and we can't split them. 

Hottest Location - Varanasi, India. 47 degrees celsius and no electricity.

Favourite Place for Breakfast - Sonam's, Darjeeling, India.

Most Idyllic Island - Koh Rong Saloem aka Lazy Beach, Cambodia. 

Noisiest Town - Indore, India. Luckily it was a one-night stop-over en route to lovely Bundi.

Natural Wonder - Trekking in the Himalayas, Nepal.

Weirdest Site - Nemrut Dagi, Turkey. Just who put all those stone heads on top of a mountain and why? 

How much you can get on one scooter award - Four people, one dog and a mattress, Taiwan.

Worst Drivers - Indians! Special mention for the insane bus driver between Alleppey and Periyar!

The Most Wonderful Wildlife - Borneo. Orangutans, Proboscis monkeys, Hornbills and so much more.....

Best Night Market - Taiping, Malaysia. Atmospheric, bustling and aromas and flavours to die for!

Most Glamourous - All the Lebanese Ladies of Beirut! Ridiculously high-heeled on the cobbled streets.

Our Favourite Students - VDCA, Siem Reap, Cambodia. So well-behaved and adorable!!!

The Finest Bus Journey - Crossing the Western Ghats, Kerala, India. 37 hairpin bends and we made it in one piece.

The Finest Train Journey - Bangkok to Amphawa, Thailand. So narrow it brushes the fruit and vegetables of the market as we pass through.

The Greatest Road - Fettiye to Kabak in Turkey, a road to rival the Amalfi coast road anytime. 

Friendliest People - The Taiwanese. Despite our pathetic Chinese, these guys smile, assist and welcome you at all times!  

Lifetime Highlight - Hot air balloon flight over Cappadoccia, Turkey.

To choose a best country is impossible, we have been lucky enough to genuinely love them all! Here's to the next two years of adventures. Where will they be? We don't know yet...... 

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