I started thinking about this eclipse soon after the 1999 one. I left it rather late in the end to sort it! I had been following the website of the Manchester Astronomical Society where Graham Hodson (thanks very much indeed for all the great info by the way Graham) had been setting up a trip for MAS members. I might see if I can go with them I thought - good thinking, but I left it too late and lost my chance. Instead, I searched the net to find a reasonable alternative. Everything was too expensive. In the end, late in 2005 I walked into our local travel agent and they found me a room at the same hotel (the Arum ) where the MAS people were going, via Thomas Cook. I booked it for my wife and I
We flew out from Birmingham the day before and after a bit of a 'mess-up' at the airport in Turkey we finally arrived at the excellent hotel. I had planned to check out the sites I had pre-thought of, but we arrived a bit too late, so all final arrangements about where to set up were left until the moring.
After breakfast we planned to walk into the old town of Side where I was to set up by the Temple........
As soon as we opened the curtains, we saw people setting up on the hotel roof behind the Arum.
By the time (about 10:30 ) we arrived at the temple, there were few spaces left to set up !
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