In October 2013 we spent a week with our friends Mark and Marion at their apartment in Side, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Mark and Marion have a lovely, comfortable, 4 bedrooms apartment with sea views. We enjoyed some beautiful sunsets from the balcony and the mountains behind the sea were the perfect frame to this gorgeous view. The enormous Turkish flag which flew as a giant landmark over the centre of town was also a constant reminder that we were in a foreign country. Our hosts made us Turkish breakfast on the balcony and we spent some lovely lazy mornings enjoying the sun as it warmed up through the morning. The coast in Side is very beautiful, with sand and a turquoise blue sea, but also rugged rocks in places. We visited the old town of Side, where the Roman influence is very clear, there are ruins everywhere in Old Side, a very obvious reminder of what an important Roman city this was a couple of millennia ago.