With Plenty Of Spaces…….
28th May 2016
At last it was the weekend, and because school was out, we went to the beach. The closest beach that we know of, which is dog friendly is called Koca Calis, so we all jumped in the car and set of for a glorious day of basking in the beautiful, divine sun. But first we went to try and find the horse ranch so I could carry on practising my horse riding skills. We actually went in completely the wrong direction and soon found ourselves on the steep, windy mountain road out towards Kayakoy. Today it was hot, 27 degrees Celsius to be precise, and even though we had the air conditioning on, it still felt like we were in an oven.
The road towards Kayakoy-(the so called “ghost town” which was once a thriving village nestled between hills behind Fethiye , but has been deserted since 1923 and is now left in ruins)- The WRONG road, was bendy and because Geoff had the car tyre pressure high due to the weight we had been carrying, the back kept on swinging out which amazingly, mum didn’t scream at! On previous occasions , mother always screamed at how Geoff drove our big Nissan up these squiggly roads, especially the one from Marmaris to Turunc, were there are no barriers, fences or speed limits…..this certainly brings out Geoffs inner-Turkish-driving. Soon when we couldn’t find the stables ( this being because we were on the WRONG ROAD ) we turned around and headed towards the beach.
As we entered Koca Calis, it was exactly the same as it was the last time I was there….The turquoise water glistened in the sun, the trees swayed side to side, and the waves crashed down onto the shore. Today, we planned to relax in the sun and also to let the dogs, Asena and Vodka swim in the warm Mediterranean.
Even though I had had breakfast, mum and Geoff had not, so we had brunch at the restaurant on the beach where the start of “Skyfall”was filmed. Today though, as well as a beautiful sunny day, there was also a strong onshore wind which was perfect for kitesurfers and windsurfers, and soon the water was in festooned with kitesurfers and windsurfers all out to play. As I played with the dogs in the water, a windsurfer came dangerously close, as if to say,”GET OUT OF THE WATER, IT IS MINE!”, so I got out of the water, after all…. It was his!
The scenery at Koca Calis is wonderful, the backdrop of the dramatic mountains and the stunning view across the wide blue bay with the tiny islands and distant hills is awesome, it’s hardly surprising it features in top Hollywood movies. It is a delightful and friendly place with many hotels, bars and restaurants, and since it is the closest dog friendly beach to Fethiye, mum, Geoff, the dogs and myself all adore it!
Much of the day was spent relaxing in the sun, but some of it was playing with the dogs and seeing my windsurfing teacher again, his name is Ufuk, and hopefully tomorrow I can carry on with my windsurfing at ten o’clock, seems that a Sunday lie in is postponed!
When we spoke to some of the staff at the restaurant and the people at the water sports school they said that the lack of tourism has so far seen their numbers down compared to last years. They say the Russians are not coming because of the trouble in Crimea and the incedent with the shooting down of one of their jets, so they dont come.
The British have stopped coming, because of what they hear on the news, lets face it, if it’s written in the Daily Fail, then it must be true, so they don’t come.
The Germans and most of Central Europeans hear the same on their news, so they don’t come either. This year, I think the tourism industry here is going to be really affected….
As we left Koca Calis, Geoff came in to his own. He loves being back here and the Turkish driving syndrome has really taken hold. Today, he honked someone,twice! And then , just for good measure- and because everyone else was still doing it – he gave them another blast just to celebrate the double honk!
Because Geoff drove like a Turkish person, we got back very quickly and I watched the sun set as I thought about why we loved ECE Marina. I think it is because the backdrop of the mountains is idyllic, we can see the rock tombs and the mountains blurring into the horizon the other way…where we are berthed is very spacious, the people are friendly, and the Marina is only a short walk from the town centre. ( what more could you ask for?)
our pontoon also has a new “mayor” (and he is a really good friend of ours ) we are now part of the ” pontoon committee” and as part of the committee we can get anything passed on a pontoon vote, without any voting having to take place just as long as everyone drinks Raki with him and agrees with what he says……..Can Democracy really be that simple?
ive just heard that on Tuesday we are going out to one of our favourite garden restaraunts over in Kayakoy with a good friend of ours. This is fabulous, but I feel another three hour history lesson coming on!