So we spent two months this past summer in Turkey (end of June through end of August). Let me enlighten you if you missed me mention it 39 times over the past six months - we spent our weekdays working at an English summer camp in Istanbul, and our weekends exploring the city. Two of those weekends, though, we planned ahead and went a bit further afield - in July we went to Cappadocia, and in August we went to Pamukkale and Ephesus.
Inadvertently, we saved one of the most picturesque cities with a fairy-tale like fortification as the final stop on our road trip around southern France. We visited Nîmes in the morning, drove a few hours to Carcassonne, and then drove a couple more to return our trusty rental car and fly from Toulouse back to Madridas we ended what turned out to be a diverse, beautiful, long, and really special trip.