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The most famous celebrity graves
Purple Hearts… Dalaman Holidays 2014

The most famous celebrity graves

Despite being six feet under, Elvis is still drawing around 600,000 people per year. Graceland in Memphis, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s former estate is a major stopping point for fans who light candles, leave flowers and mourn for the star who died in 1977.

Find it at 3764 Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis, Tennessee

Although hailing from Hoboken in New Jersey, Frank Sinatra is actually buried in his adopted home in California. The beloved singer was entombed with two of his constant companions – a bottle of Jack Daniels and a packet of cigarettes. His headstone has one of his most famous lyrics: “The Best is yet to Come,” inscribed on it.

Find it at Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, Riverside County, California

In the famous Pere Lachaise cemetery, you’ll find the grave of The Doors frontman Jim Morrison who joined the infamous 27 Club in 1971. The gravesite is apparently haunted by his ghost and has been known to have orgies, parties, thefts and riots. Other famous names buried there include Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde.

Find it at 16 Rue de Repos, Paris

The grave of Michael Jackson at the Forest Lawn on Glendale Avenue in California has the capacity to become one of the most visited the world. The King of Pop who died in 2009, is entombed in the Great Mausoleum there and there’s renewed interest on the anniversary of his death, June 25th every year.

Find it at 1712 S. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, California

Jimi Hendrix’s grave in Renton, Washington has become a main attraction to the town over the years. The memorial has engraved images, including one of a Fender Stratocaster. With fans travelling there all the time, it can get a little busy, but if you’re a Hendrix fan it’s well worth it.

Find it at 350 Monroe Avenue, Northeast, Renton, Washington

Johnny Cash’s gravesite has become a magnet for country, blues and folk fans from all over the world. The Man in Black passed away just four months after his beloved wife June Carter Cash in 2003. The simple memorials in Hendersonville, Tennessee still draw fans from all over the world over 10 years since his death.

Find it at 353 East Main Street in Hendersonville, Tennessee

Even though James Joyce is one of the most famous Irish writers he’s actually buried in Zurich, Switzerland. A small statue of the poet in Fluntern Cemetery is the only thing to indicate his grave. Joyce died after undergoing surgery in Switzerland in 1941.

Find it at Zurichbergstrasse, Zurichberg, Switzerland


Purple Hearts… Dalaman Holidays 2014

Purple Hearts… Dalaman Holidays 2014

For most travellers, Dalaman on Turkey’s Southern Aegean coast, is little more than an airport stop for visits to either the beach resorts of Fethiye, the southeast, or Dalyan to the northwest coast. However, it’s definitely worth basing yourself here, particularly if you have transport that will enable you to see the highlights of the region.

Things to do on Dalaman Holidays 2014, Turkey

Take a hike
Take a walk through the Lycian Way to explore the more unspoilt aspects of the region. Between Fethiye and Antalya, the mountains rise steeply from the wooded shoreline and small bays, offering beautiful views and varied walking opportunities. It’s likely that the only other people you are likely to see will be the farmers and goat herdsmen that tend to the pastures each day. The Lycians themselves were a democratic people, with a unique style of art and a luxurious standard of living. Although they absorbed Greek culture, they were later conquered by the Romans. Their graves and ruins abound on the peninsula, which comprises many remote historical sites.

Indulge in a mud bath

The spas in Dalyan are internationally renowned, attracting visitors with their sulphur-rich mud baths. The baths are believed to provide relief from many rheumatic and skin conditions and some have said that a mud bath in Dalyan has even left them looking younger. Either way, this great experience will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed for the remainder of your holiday.

Try your hand at paragliding
On route from Dalaman to Kalkan, you will pass the cliffs above Olu Deniz, where you can find paragliding like you’ve never seen it before. If the idea of jumping from a cliff with another person holding onto you also sounds appealing then Olu Deniz is your new favourite place, particularly as it now hosts for the International Air Games each October.

Party at the Lycian Festival
For three days at the end of June, Kas hosts the annual Lycian Festival. Folk-dancing troupes from Turkey and beyond perform in one of  Dalaman’s largest and most vibrant festivals. The festivities are met with street food, lots of drink and a lively, party atmosphere to the early hours of the morning.

Take a hydrofoil to Rhodes
Taking a hydrofoil trip from Marmaris to Rhodes for the day is a quick and cheap option that gives you more travel for your money. You can also do a similar trip to Kos, but we recommend Rhodes for its historical sites and beautiful tavernas. You don’t need any visas or documentation to take the trip.

Places to see on Dalaman Holidays 2014, Turkey

This stunning, well-maintained fishing village is just south of Fethiye. Its well-facilitated and attractive accommodation, and heaps of first-rate eateries make it a wonderful place to visit. And what’s more, the hotels and shops of the day  become rooftop restaurants at night, providing the perfect spot for viewing the harbour at sunset.

Patara Beach
Patara Beach is nine miles of almost completely deserted golden sands. As it is an archaelogical area, you will be required to pay a small fee to go onto the beach, but thw soft sand and shallow waters will most definitely make it worth the money. You can also head up into the dunes of the Beach, where you’ll find unexcavated Roman ruins such as temples and columns of buildings with sand blowing over them and Marram grass growing in their creeks and crevices.

Myra and Kekova
St Nicholas (the original Father Christmas) was the bishop of Myra. He dropped gifts down the chimney of poor people’s homes so that their daughters would have a dowry upon marriage. He wore a red costume and a red hat (no surprises there) and has been celebrated in the Christmas story ever since.
Nearby, the town of Kekova has a ancient Lycian underwater town that sank beneath the waves after an earthquake. You can hire a canoe and sail over the rooftops and market squares of the old city, the home to hundreds of people.

Where to eat in Dalaman
If you’re staying in the centre of Dalaman, you’ll find a great deal of choice when it comes to where to eat. The numerous restaurants on offer span from the more casual cafe restaurants to the smarter, find dining end of the spectrum. Dalaman is also famed for its tea gardens – a lovely place to spend an afternoon. Try our favourite haunt, the Akkaya Garden for a meal to remember.

Dalaman cuisine
As Dalaman is less touristy than many other parts of Southern Turkey, you will be glad to discover there are no British style pubs and restaurants – it is traditional Turkish here. Turkish cuisine is renowned as one of the world’s best, considered to be one of the world’s three main cuisines due to the variety of its recipes, its use of natural ingredients and its flavours and tastes. A main meal will usually begin with soup and meze (a variety of small cold and hot dishes made for sharing), which is usually made up of Tarama salad, cacik (taziki), dolma (vine leaves or peppers stuffed with rice), börek (pastries) and arnavut ciğeri (cubes of fried liver), but there are many varieties and alternatives. The main course is usually meat or fish, served with çoban salatası, a salad made of tomato, cucumber, parsley and onion, dressed with olive oil and lemon juice. Try a siş kebap (grilled cubes of seasoned meat on skewer), or if you prefer something hot and spicy, try an Adana kebap, made of minced lamb and hot peppers and spices formed around a flat skewer.

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