For two weeks now, my blog has been at a standstill. I haven’t posted anything at all and have been, in fact, rather relaxed.
But, I’m back! And I’m going to give you a look at what we’ve been doing over the course of two weeks.
To start on some good news, all of my photos that I lost when I deleted them from my media library in Kos have been restored and are back on the blogs, this was no mean feat and has kept me busy for days and has been an exercise in patience and computer know how! We are also back home in Fethiye!
After leaving Serce Limani, we stopped for one night in Asi Beach-(known to us as secret bay)- before we finished the long trip back home.
Despite being back though, our sailing adventures are not over just yet, because in a few weeks time we are going back towards Marmaris and seeing Tessa and John, the couple we met in Kamari, Kos. We hope to do some sailing with them around the Marmaris area.
I admit, since I have not been writing I have done many fun and interesting things. last week, I went with our friend Yusuf up to what he called, ” Real Turkey” on a Dolmus, where we went to watch traditional Turkish oil wrestling, and I tried the traditional Turkish village food of Beef, lettuce and tomato in a bread roll. I also had the traditional village ice cream which was crushed, melted ice flavoured with sour white grape……divine!
Whilst in the village, I met Yusufs Aunt who was very kind and I also met his father.
His fathers house was a small wooden beamed house, and next door to it there was a large orchard area of trees and shrubbery that was filled with plums, figs, walnuts, apples, cherries and gooseberry’s, all of which would be kept, harvested and then sold at market in Fethiye.
Upon attempting to come back into town though, we faced a problem…. the Dolmus we wanted to take was full, and there weren’t anymore until eight o’clock that evening. We thought we would try hitchhiking.
……Yusef hitched up the leg of his shorts and pouted at passing vehicles. No! Not really!……
It wasn’t long before a black BMW came roaring around a sharp corner, saw us and came screeching to a halt outside an angry farmers house…….” Ah, good!” I guessed this was our transportation back home!
Since being back mum and i have been getting to grips with our new all singing, all dancing camera and taking plenty of photos. It’s a Nikon D3300 camera and produces images which are better than the I pad.
Having it has helped us create some wonderfully colourful and vibrant shots. We have been taking pictures everywhere, from the local Friday food market, inside and about the marina, in the bazaar and even at the local boatyard, where many traditional boats called Gulets are in the process of being built and refurbished. All of the locations have made some wonderful photos and many represent Turkish life in a nutshell.
Mum has been doing some research lately and has found out that there are many more beaches around the Fethiye area which we didn’t know about mainly after finding a recent topic of discussion on the “Calis Beach Forum”. This is a great forum for ex pats who now live or spend a lot of time over in Calis or in the FETHIYE area. It’s packed with helpful information and local stories, generally very informative…….
Thus, I’ve now been tasked with locating all of the beaches mentioned in the recent topic and plotting them on a map so Mum and Geoff can plan some day trips out for us.
Those who know or are familiar with the Fethiye area will know all too well of Oludeniz with its massive blue lagoon and also probably Calis, the closest beach to Fethiye.
Also in the the area is Patara Beach, even though we have sailed past Patara beach numerous times we are always too far offshore to catch a really good view of it, but you can see, even from a distance that it has vast expanses of sand, and most unusually for Turkey, large rolling sand dunes.
This is noted as being one of the most charming beaches which is located in the ancient city of Patara. The beach is quite long with golden sand and shallow sea – ideal for families with the kids. Caretta Caretta Turtles lay their eggs here. A few years ago Patara beach was recognised as the best beach in the world by the Sunday Times newspaper. This is on the ” to do ” list definately, as to access the beach you actually have to walk through the ancient ruins of Patara.
Also mentioned is Karoat beach, this one is apparently famous amongst bird watchers and is also where the Desperado ranch lead treks to. We have spent lazy, hot days here in the lapping blue waters, sunbathing on the sands by the beautiful lagoon right over in the cliff.
Katranci beach is a new one to us this is apparently closer to Gocek and has a resturant, shop, campsite, and a laundry and shower. This beach, I have discovered, has some of the clearest waters in Turkey.
Iztuzui Beach is a 4.5 km long beach near Dalyan. The beach is a narrow spit of land, which forms a natural barrier between the fresh water of the Dalyan river and the Mediterranean. It is one of the main breeding grounds for loggerhead sea turtles in the Mediterranean and is therefore often referred to as “Turtle Beach”. Years ago, on our first visit to Turkey we spent a summer here. Beautiful stretch of beach and an interesting Turtle Hospital to visit too.
Sarigerme beach is written to have pristine sand and is popular with Turkish and foreign tourists alike. There is a cafeteria situated onsite providing the usual fare, soft drinks, tea and ice creams and also beers. The beach is long and sandy and there is usually quite a strong prevailing NW wind.
I read that Kidrac beach is back towards Oludeniz, and it has a wonderfully sandy and sheltered beach. It is unknown from tourists, which make it a lovely and quiet beach to relax on.
This is now our bucket list of beaches which we are intent on finding and exploring in the next couple of weeks. So for the insiders guide to the best beaches around, watch this space!