…And The Trip To Marmaris…
The week from the 10th to the 18th
This week has been very busy, we haven’t done any school since the previous
” chemistry overload ” week, but we have done plenty of sailing and adventureing.
The journey began on the 10th, when we left the Ece marina in Fethiye and headed across the Fethiye Gulf where that night we stopped at Kilzuruk Koyu. The bay is very tranquil and peaceful with bright and perfectly clear turquoise waters, but in the mornings the bay gets festooned by wasps-(read The Dawn Invasion)-.
We left the bay early the next morning, motoring towards Asi Beach, where we parked stern to against the plastic floating pontoon. In the very sheltered bay, there is a restaurant which overlooks the entrance and a very busy beach. I was beginning to recognize that as it is the Muslim festival of Bayrim there are many people celebrating the festival and places like beaches and beach clubs are VERY busy! Normally the pontoon at Asi gets very busy anyway with people jumping off and this makes Asena very nervous as she wants to jump in and save them, so because it was ultra busy, Asena was having a minor nervous breakdown as she didn’t know who to save first!
After a delicious dinner and relaxing evening chatting to the chief diver ” JJ” from Sarigerma dive school, we set off from Asi and motored once more to our marina for that night, called Joya Del Mar. The hotel use to be called the Pupa Yacht hotel, but has recently changed ownership and name.
At the 5 star hotel, there are many sunbeds that line the seafront on beautiful white ( imported ) sand, a gorgeous swimming pool with a jacuzzi in the center, live bands during the evening and all services for yachts.
The 12th of September was also my 13th birthday, so many of our good friends that we knew from Marmaris came to visit us at Joya. The food at the hotel restaurant is wonderful, and with all our friends there, the atmosphere was brilliant, our Russian family made the toasts and our Turkish family observed sobriety, the balance was perfect!
The next day dawned and There was a brief run in with the two local stray kangols in the morning on the walk with the dogs, and a slight fire scare which turned out to be the government spraying mosquito repellant with great gusto, so much so it seemed like clouds of smoke! After a quick swim we rigged the dinghy up to the back of the yacht and I climbed in for a tow across the bay.
Now, one of the main reasons we came to our former home port was to visit our friends we met in Kamari-(read Kos South Harbour). Tessa and John were staying at the Royal Turban hotel near Marmaris, in a town called Icemeler. We couldn’t moor the yacht up anywhere near their hotel, so I was to be jettisoned loose from the yacht to row ashore in “Doris” ( the dinghy ) to collect them.
We knew a story about the amazing 5 star hotel in which they were staying but had chosen not to tell them. But they were here now, and Geoff thought it would be appropriate to let them know.
Apparently, during the coup attempt against the Turkish government in July this year, the Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan was taking a holiday, he was staying in a villa belonging to the Royal Turban Hotel, the hotel was shot up and raided and many harrowing stories emerged in British Tabloids from reports from holiday makers who were staying there. The aftermath from the bombardment was shocking. Many windows were shattered, bullet holes everywhere and some people were nearly wounded, but no casualties.
Once we had told them the story They were very surprised but said the hotel food, service, entertainment, views and staff were all excellent, which is hardly surprising as its possibly one of the best resorts in MARMARIS, mum thought they were so lucky to be staying there and was really rather jealous, bullet holes or not!
We took Tessa and John all around the large marmaris bay, stopping many times so they could swim in the warm waters, snorkeling around with the fish. They stayed with us for 2 days, but they would have stayed longer if they were on a longer holiday! We took them to a bay called Ciftlik-(read our previous experience by searching Ciftlik)- where they enjoyed sipping drinks whilst watching the sun set over the hills.
The next day we sailed with them back to their hotel where I rowed them back in to their jetty. That night we were also staying back at Ciftlik, and this time we were seeing Jenia and Sveta there.
The trip back there though was tough, 30 knots of wind had blown up from nowhere and with it a very bumpy sea! Mum was busy tying the dinghy down tighter on the bow of the boat as it was threatening to fly away like a kite! All the cushions, towels and dogs(!) from the cockpit were secured down below and we all held onto our hats as the gusts increased, we moored at Ciftlik in 36 knots of wind, which was no mean feat and soon, we were safely back on the pontoon in Ciftlik. With Jenia and his wife and captain, we ate at the restaurant and enjoyed the lovely atmosphere and area.
The following day, we left at ten o’clock and planned on going to Asi Beach. The wind was a lot calmer today and the sea state ( for the RHODES Channel #alwaysbumpy ) was very flat.
Jenia had left just before us and apparently was heading across to Rhodes. His journey was then to go on to Crete. Soon after setting off, the wind picked up and for most of the trip we had full headsail and full mainsail. We decided to continue passed Asi and we kept going on to Fethiye, which made the entire trip length 8 hours, a very long time with the dogs onboard.
We are now back in Fethiye, and from now the work begins. School starting at 8:30, and hopefully finishing at 2:45 each day. So if you don’t hear from me for a while, don’t worry, I’m just busy doing more chemistry!