Sundays Great Adventure.

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A long Day….

22nd April 2018

Day 9

We set off that morning just after sunrise, and after the sunrise tour boats and gulets had left.

We had woken up this morning to the anthem of Titanic which tour boat operatives insist on playing to their excited Asian – photo obsessed – passengers which in many respects added to the romantic ambience and feel of this mornings planned journey. The dawn start tied in with a spectacular sunrise and we shipped out.

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Following a small trip boat out and around into the main bay we were struck with awe as we sailed close by to Duden waterfalls – another Antalya landmark – that were constantly thundering into the sea, so we decided to pause the trip a little there whilst we admired the beautiful setting.

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Even though Johns friend David was now sailing with him, I decided to sail with them for one more time., so stayed aboard the Catamaran again for this trip. Whilst motoring out of the harbour, we dragged our main sail up and unfurled the head sail. Even though the wind was still quite calm, we anticipated it to pick up slightly around the headland.

Back on course, the wind had picked up, and eventually, it was enough to sail. Though this lasted for less the half an hour, we eventually put the engines back on.
Soon after that, the wind was completely dead, and we furled up the headsail once again.

After a while, the sea state became slightly choppy, and we recived a radio message from Steady on Jean, who said-
“Coral Reef, Coral Reef, Steady on Jean, Over”
“Yeah, go ahead Geoff…” replied John…
“Hello John, keep and eye out for dolphins because we currently have two playing on the bow of the boat at the moment, over”
“Okay, will do, Coral reef out”
So David and I stood on watch at the front of the boat, waiting for the elusive dolphins to start playing on the bow of our boat……..fingers crossed……

After 5 minutes, they hadn’t shown, so I span around to walk back to the cockpit when a black triangle poked out of the water…
“There’s one” I shouted over to David. Out of nowhere, two came along, three, four, five and eventually six turned up, all jumping, breaching and playing on the bow wave.

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These dolphins were unlike any I’d ever seen before, and their sheer size shocked me. We quickly identified then as Bottlenose dolphins, and it was incredible to see them crisscrossing, and elegantly performing on the bow.

Soon however, they had all gone, and we continued on towards the destination of

Plan A,

Side.

The wind had now picked up again, and we unfurled the headsail once again. From the sea, it was quite difficult to identify the harbour, though after much examination, we saw the small breakwater to the left of the Temple of Apollo. Eventually, after weaving through isolated danger marks, fishing pots, and cardinal bouys, we entered the harbour while Geoff and Steady on Jean held back. We were all aware that the approach and entrance to this harbour were extremely shallow, so we, with a much shallower draught than the monohull, had been sent ahead on a scouting mission.

Inside the harbour, there was no sign of the a harbourmaster, and the depth was too shallow along the harbour wall for Geoff to moor although he had picked his way precariously through the entrance!

David managed to hook what seemed to be a lazyline, though we had a struggle to turn the boat around because of the wind.

And Geoff headed back into the bay and explored the anchoring situation on the west of the harbour….the depth here also was a huge concern!

So plan B was in put into actions.

We motored ahead of Geoff, and whilst john made lunch, David and I set about putting the sails back up. I took the helm while David set the sails. Minutes later we were sailing along fast whilst Geoff and his clearly incompetent crew were a mere pinprick in the distance…….I think David and I should apply to be the new crew for the British Americas cup team!

Plan B

Consisted of getting to the nearby river mouth entrance of the Manavgat river, where we had read and been informed that we may be able to moor on a pontoon or against a wall. The jury was out on wether this place would be a) entirely suitable for our boats and b) wether we would be able to get in…. again depths were apparently an issue.

Before we arrived there though, we had a rip roaring sail in some 30 knots, of wind where we were averaging 7-8 knots in the Catamaran . This was perfect cat sailing weather, and when Geoff and Steady on Jean eventually caught up with us, we were duelling for first place, though the monohull wussed out of it to put reefs in their sail.

Around 2 miles from the entrance, we dropped the sails and motored In to the river mouth. The Cat again was sent ahead again on a scouting mission.
We recognised strong river currents and eventually, we settled upon mooring side to into the current and against the river entrance wall.

Mooring here was a relatively difficult, since you had to take into account the river current, sea surge and the wind. Berthing in a place like this is usually something rare in the Mediterranean, but Geoff and John have had tidal and coastal experience all over the world, so enjoyed this rare technical challenge.

Safely moored, our attention turned to the wall, since there were one or two problems with it.
It was too high, you had to mountaineer your way to the shore..
Iron spikes stuck out from it, these had to be hammered flat to prevent damage,
There was a huge swell from pirate trip gullets each time they passed,
And swell from the surf on the beach had begun to pick up……

The surging and snatching of the boats was obviously putting all the warps and in fact the situation under considerable strain, the ropes of the fenders were being strained to the max …so much infact, that our biggest fender “Bertha” snapped from the shrouds with a huge bang! She was quickly rescued from a terrible fate with the boathook which itself was no mean feat with the rising and falling and surging of the swell and the boat, and we all looked at the Skipper…….

The decision rested on Geoffrey…should we stay or should we go?

“Lets go!” He said, and soon, with some very nifty planning and manoeuvring we were safely back out of the entrance to the river and now surfing huge, great waves to get back out to the ocean.

The afternoon swell had increased considerably and we were now in a big and uncomfortable sea. Plus…. it was soon going to be dark.

Plan C was initiated…

The rest of that sailing journey was a night sail, the first I had done in around 2 years. Though, it was all good practise for the trips down to Israel from Cyprus, it was a little unexpected. From Manavgat we would now go to Alanya Marina, some 30 nautical miles away.

We didn’t arrive there until ten o’clock that night and locating the entrance to the marina in pitch darkness was another scouting mission for us and the cat………..

Safely moored alongside, we all heaved a sigh of relief….it had been a looong day!

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Beautiful Antalya

Minarets and Waterfalls

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20th April 2018

Day 7

The phrase you read at the end of the last blog, is from a book I have. It’s a Collins independent travellers guide all about Turkey. The book was published in 1988, and is written by a bloke called Daniel Farson. In it, he provides the “essential practical information required by the independent traveller and contains many illuminating personal reflections on the country and its people,inspiring the reader to explore this still largely undiscovered land”.

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It’s an interesting insight and a somewhat humorous comparison to observe the differences in the forty years since the book being published and the present day which show how this country’s look, and the overall holiday scene, visitors and tourist industry has changed dramatically.

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This can be seen upon arriving at Antalya. Farson says Antalya is more, “Miami then Med”, and from afar, sailing towards the town, one cannot help but agree with the author.

The tall, stunning cliffs have been mounted by towering apartment blocks, and office buildings, shopping malls and industry but the long and unspoilt coast and beaches are impressive and inviting, nestled at the foot of the sheer, domineering cliff faces.

Kaleci Harbour isn’t really geared up for accepting private yachts. There was an operation at the harbour mouth which seemed to be involving divers, police, gendarme, paramedics and Soldiers and we milled around at the entrance for a while after contacting the harbour operations, awaiting guidance on entering.

Geoff had been trying to contact the harbour operatives by various advertised telephone numbers prior to arrival here, none were responsive – so once closer to the harbour itself – he reached them by VHF.

It seems that the responsibility for Kaleci harbour has recently changed and now it is being run as a private co operative….Yet to really be aware of how to operate and accept private yachts, Geoff gave them a beginners “how to” guide and we tied up and checked in.

Upon mooring in the Kaleci, also known as Antalya’s old towns, the palm lined promenades and an impressive 5 kilometres castle wall, which date back to the Roman periods, make Antalya different to any other place we’ve been to in Turkey. In fact, it reminded us of Kos and Rhodes, with the castle walls, history, and tour boat packed harbours.

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An hour after parking in the old town harbour, we went off a walk into the well preserved old town, on a quest to find the Fluted minaret.

This thirteenth century minaret was built during the time of Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad. This eight thousand year old minaret has now become a symbol of Antalya. The 38 metre tall minaret is conjoined to a mosque still in use, and the ancient turquoise blue tiles and Arabic inscriptions can still be seen. In many respects, this mosque is something I would expect to see somewhere like Konya.

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We then continued walking into the city centre, where a tall statue of Ataturk celebrates the Turkish Republican movement after World War One when the Ottoman Empire was dissolved by the victorious allies.

The City is very busy and multi cultural with travellers and tourists from all around the world. There is a vibrant city buzz which we haven’t experienced in the Turkish towns we have visited recently.

 

There is an energy in Antalya all of its own and the new town is alive with tourism in all its forms.

 

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21st April 2018

Day 8

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The Antalya Archeological museum is a half an hour from the the Kaleci and harbour. It houses a unique collection of Neolithic, Bronze Age, Hellenistic and Roman pots, coins, jewellery, scarghoigy, statues, all from the important and known sites such as Perge, Aspendos, Termessos, Patara and Xanthos.

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The museum was created at the end of the First World War, when Antalya was under Italian occupation, Italian archeologists started removing archeological treasures that had been found in the city center and surrounding the Italian Embassy, which they claimed to do in the name of civilization. To prevent these initiatives, Suleyman Fikri Bey, applied to the Antalya post of provincial governor in 1919, had himself appointed as voluntary curator of antiquities, and established the Antalya Museum to try and collect what remained in the center. The museum was first set up in the Aleaddin mosque, and changed location again until it was established in its present location.

The Antalya archeological museum is surprisingly one of the most important in Turkey, probably due to the fact many the museum consists of 13 exhibit halls, the first few with halls consisting of pins, bone, stone tools and decorations which were used in Mezzolithic and Palaeolitic age are exhibited. Most of these are from the Karain Cave.
Other parts of the section host numerous remains of the Chalcolithic, Neolithic and Early Bronze Ages. One exhibt shows the top of the skull of a Homo Neanderthal human…

Other halls show the plethora of incredible statues of Gods, Goddesses and Emperors. Most of these statues date to the 2nd century BC and are impressive in their own right.

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One of the most famous statues in the museum is the ‘dancing lady’, which is well known because it was made using two different types of marble. The statue, which originally came from the nearby Perge, is now a reknown symbol of the museum, along with the ‘three graces’, a statue of three nude women standing beside each other.

Through the halls of scarcophaghi and pillars, you reach the amazing statue of Heracles, which is noted as one of the best statues in the world because it is so well preserved.

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After leaving the museum, we had lunch with awesome views from along the cliff tops before heading back to the boat.

Later that afternoon, we went back into town and walked through the old town to discover Hadrians Gate.

Can I just say, thanks so much for reading and following along guys, I know these are coming through slowly but the internet has been evasive so far on this trip, so I know it seems that we are playing catch up…….Stay with me…more great stories to follow!

Ottostop

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A Screen Printing Workshop…

Mum and I are just back from a great morning being creative and getting messy with Leyla Temiz from Ottostop. In her own words Leyla describes Ottostop as an ” independent design & screen printing studio shaded by a large avocado tree in a jungle-like garden in southern Turkey. Inspired by nature, travel, local village life and traditional Turkish arts & crafts.”

She’s got that pretty much right!

“Ottostop” is a combination of the words Ottoman and Ottostop, which is Turkish for ” hitchhike” and immediately appealed to our bohemian, nomadic lifestyle.

We arrived the morning after the first huge electrical storm of the winter and both mum and Leyla were complaining about lack of sleep from the noise of the storm the previous night. The garden though, was glistening wet in the morning sunshine and looked all the more jungle like from its recent drenching.

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Inside Leyla’s studio we were briefed very professionally about the methods and principles of screen printing and encouraged to practise a few times on gift cards and paper, until we were confident with the required technique – we were also encouraged to create our own inspirational designs to work with, if we wanted to, – but mum and I were happy to work with Leyla’s prepared screens……. for now….

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Leyla was on hand permanently to cast an eye over our shoulders and pass on encouragement and also to humbly point out enormous mistakes ( such as still leaving the clear Perspex marker sheet down when you come to do your print ! Doh ! )

Even though some errors were made, we had loads of fun in Leyla’s studio, and in the end turned out some really great ad interesting pieces of artwork!

A delicious array of breads, olives, fruits and cheese were laid out on one block board unit in the corner of the studio, and between snacking and feasting upon these nibbles and matching colours for the most impact for each print we were attempting, the morning passed really quickly. Chattering the whole time, mum, Leyla and I were getting along like old friends, the teacher was most gracious and accommodating.

Ottostop workshops are offered all year round out in the hidden Yaniklar studio, they need to be booked with Leyla, obviously, and you can contact her through her website or her Facebook page to check availability and organise a session.

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The workshops are a great way to get in touch with your creative demons, and even though I wasn’t immediately inspired to create an image from my own designs, since I have come away I have been brainstorming some concepts for a new heading for my blog…. An ” adventurer in training ” conceptual logo… the sketch pad is on the table and I think we will be visiting the Yaniklar jungle again really soon.

The Best Places To Eat, Drink Or Chill In Fethiye.

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……always on the lookout for more………..

Fethiye, south west Turkey is a popular destination for Turkish and foreign visitors alike, I have decided to bring together some of the best restaurants and cafes to visit in Fethiye. A visitors guide to some of the coolest places to visit for coffee, a snack or a complete meal, This list isn’t in any paticular order, it’s just my top pick of places to go to in Fethiye, why don’t you give some of them a try?

Apple Cafe

On the Main one way Street in Fethiye, the Apple cafe serves a selection of homemade (and delicious) cakes, tiramisus and triffles. The friendly couple who own the place treat you with the best hospitality. This contemporary cafe is a great place to hangout with friends and family. Dishes include a selection of grilled sandwiches, pasta, and a large variety of deserts.

 

 

What’s it best for?

The Apple cafe suits people if they want to have a shopping break, either by taking time out to sample their wine and a cheese board, or a coffee and one of their incredible cakes.

 

 

 

 

Carikli

Located on the sea front on the way around to Calis, along the kordon towards the new marina, Carikli is ( in my opinion ) officially the best place for a Turkish breakfast in Fethiye. What makes it so good is the fact that the owner of the restaurant also owns the butchers shop in the fish market, so the meat is the best in Fethiye.

Dishes include Lamb chops, Chataubriand, Dallas Steak, New York Steak, and Turkish meatballs.

 

What’s it best for?

For people who want to go on a romantic evening, or a night out with friends, Carikli caters for your needs. You may want to try the breakfast there too!

 

 

Kukina

This Cafe is a must if you are in Fethiye. The decor and atmosphere are very relaxing, they are always playing the most ambient tunes and the staff are more than happy to help.

 

Although it is in the main bazaar, it is quite hidden, however, when you find it you won’t be dissatisfied. The food is very well cooked, and to me the ambience of the place is great. Dishes include Seafood Pizza, their own handmade selection of burgers, a wide variety of salads and lots of meat and chicken dishes.

 

 

What’s it best for?

If you want to go for lunch with friends, or just a simple coffee stop while shopping, Kukina would be the place to go.

 

 

Moziak Bache

This restaurant, which specializes in Eastern Turkish meals, is an excellent place to eat. Hidden away in the backstreets, the restaurant has a brilliant ambience, a hidden garden oasis within the city. Mosaic has great, friendly staff and wonderful food. Dishes include Lamb Kebab, Liver and Chicken Casserole, all of which are seasoned and cooked in a slightly more Eastern Turkish way.

 

What’s it best for?

As the food is so reasonably priced, you could go to Mozaik for lunch or dinner, or both! Who needs an excuse for great Kebab?

Saraphane

Although it’s only open during the winter, the Saraphane, which translates as Winehouse, is a brilliant place to eat. Illustrations of wine making, wine selling and wine drinking surround you as the open fire crackles in the magnificent fireplace. A well stocked menu, most of the dishes are made from locally grown/produced foods. Modern, contemporary food is cooked here, so great for steaks and often grouse too.

 

What’s it best for?

Saraphane is the place to go if you want to eat in the warm with friends. For a romantic tweet a tweet with your partner, the setting here takes some beating!

 

 

Yacht Classic

The famous place where Daniel Craig stayed when Skyfall was being filmed, the restaurant is a lovely place for an evening meal. With seating right beside the sea, the Mori restaurant has some delicious food and a great setting.

If you eat here for lunch you can then relax afterwards beside their pool aswell. Dishes I would recommend include their mushroom pizza or Chicken goujons and wedges for lunch, and they offer a wide variety of modern cuisine, meat and fish at dinner.

What’s it best for?

After relaxing by Yacht Classics pool for the day, sit at your table by the sea, whilst eating your delicious food.

 

Pukka Cafe

This recently opened coffee shop makes for a nice stop when going back to the marina from town. They offer a wide variety of herbal teas, coffees, wines and deserts and make this chic little coffee parlor an all new rival for Apple.

 

What’s it best for?

After exploring the town, you start walking back to the marina, when you suddenly need coffee. Don’t fear, because the Pukka cafe is only a few steps away. Opposite the main Barbour with the statue of Fethi Bey and the amphitheater on your left.

 

MOD Cafe

In most marinas, the restaurants normally have great food, but are very expensive. This cannot be said for the Mod Cafe. This very reasonably priced restaurant is a perfect place to eat if one does not want to walk into Fethiye after a long day sailing. The dishes are all healthy, and include Ginger and Lemon Chicken, Ottoman Kebab, and vegetarian meals too. Cooked fresh in the mods ample kitchen, there is a great selection of coffees, soft drinks and beers and wines too.

 

What’s it best for?

After sailing in and around Fethiye, you get back and realize there is no food on the boat. You can’t be bothered to walk into town, but you realize, that the Mod is only a skip away down the pontoon

 

An Absent Summer

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Explained……

 

It’s been a long summer, and although I’m not looking for excuses as to why my blog has been so quiet, I must explain that we have had such a large number of visitors this year, that it’s been difficult to find the time to step away and actually put “virtual pen to paper “.

And it isn’t even over! ( The summer that is! ) A heatwave from Libya is apparently gracing our shores throughout October and it’s still a balmy 27 degrees during the day, but the evenings are drawing in and the temperature drops to a chilling 16 degrees! The next fresh batch of visitors are due to arrive in a weeks time, this time it’s only my Sister, Summer, but she’s going to expect the full guest treatment. Little does she know that this time she’s actually going to learn to sail and pull a few bits of string, too long has she been the reclining passenger over the years!

 

We have had a hugely varied selection of friends and guests on the yacht with us this year, it’s been an interesting experience being able to observe and take part in the changing dynamics on board and a life lesson in being able to interact with all types of people. There has been excitement, adventure, discovery and adrenaline, wonder, surprise, exploration and lessons to learn.

All in all this has been a season of discovery and understanding for me. After being so insular throughout the winter, with my head stuck in school books and only the company of my parents, the exposure to ” real life” through the experiences of the people still living in it has been an exciting journey. – but one which I, for the moment, only wish to take from the comfort of my floating home and by listening to their tales……………..

 

I know, one day that I will be involved back in their world of fear, worry and political correctness gone mad, and I will embrace the route which I choose to take in it, but for now I will just listen to their tales and experiences and store it in the part of my brain which holds the ” things to come” information………. right now I don’t need that kind of indoctrination…. I’ve just started back at homeschooling and I’ve got better things to learn about.

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Actually, as a point of interest mum was reserved today about teaching parts of the biology schedule which goes into detail about genetics, genetic engineering, cloning, vaccines and antibiotics, she’s assured me that we will be learning about the alternative views ( especially regarding vaccines and the use of antibiotics ) as well as what the ” national curriculum” have decided we must study……… can’t wait! This is what makes home schooling so much more interesting than being in a classroom where what the teacher tells you is word.

 

We do tend to live a rather holistic lifestyle out here on the boat, mum opts initially for herbs, oils or spices as remedies for everyday ailments ( although we don’t get many…..ever….) and we have found a great local supplier – (as here in Turkey there are MANY oil, herb etc stores) – we have now narrowed down our main suppliers to two or thee different vendors and mum is still learning every day about brilliant supplements and remedies from them.

So, as we wind down for a little while now and get out the text books to study the UKs curriculum, and more, we can reflect upon a summer of travel, great food and adventure. It has definitely been an enjoyable study of people and actions, sometimes a laugh a minute and other times serious, but, all in all……..a season of great sailing adventures.

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Thanks for reading, and sorry to have kept you waiting so long for this instalment. With the winter (?!) around the corner there will be plenty of things to blog about. Stay with me!

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NEXT BLOGS………

A look back at the average trip, routes, menus, destinations and sights of a summer sailing trip.

The ten best places to enjoy eating in Fethiye.

The ten best days out from Fethiye.

 

 

The View From Here

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Gemiler Island

 

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So after being back in Fethiye port and going out for a few days sailing here and there, we set Off on the next large trip heading south towards the Kekova Gulf. We have ten days or so to play with until we return to collect some more friends from Fethiye.

Our first stop was Gemiler island, a small, now, uninhabited place which was once home to St Nicholas, aka.Father Christmas.

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The island is separated from the mainland by a small channel, which is where we would be anchoring. The water here is crystal clear and cold, fed from freshwater springs again.

Many different ruins are now submerged near to the islands coastline like the Harbour side itself and roads and the market place. Among other ruins if you actually visit the island and explore the island itself you can find churches, baths, and an interesting long tunnel which went all the way from the top of the island to the sea.

 

Excavations undertaken by Japanese archaeologists (?!) discovered that the tunnel joined churches three and four on the island, but local Turkish tales involve an over protective, eccentric man who had a daughter and wished to conceal her beauty from the rest of the islanders, it is said that he had the tunnel built for her so she could walk down to the sea to bathe without being looked upon by any body else there! I think I like that story best!

Most of the ruins date back as far as the 4th-6th Century AD, during the Byzantine period. Gemiler island means “Island of boats” in English,hence why St Nicholas was the patron Saint for sailors.

If you do head over to Gemiler to visit the island, make sure you take some water to drink and a little bit of cash ( if you don’t have museum cards) as its 8tl each to enter. Just a heads up.

 

Upon arriving at Gemiler, we anchored just before the tour boats started to embark of the island. As they came past the bow, we noticed groups of people dancing on deck, having a great time in a foam party aboard a pirate ship. The loud disco music echoed throughout the channel, creating a haunting noise that woke up all of the local birds.

That evening, we watched the sun go down beyond the hills, and before we went to bed that night, we enjoyed the peaceful sound of crickets, and the lapping of the sea.

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We decided that morning to stay in Gemiler for another night, so today we were going onto the island to enjoy the beautiful scenery and historic excavations. An open-air museum

It’s said that St Nicholas established a monastic retreat on the uninhabited island in the 4th Century, after he and some of his followers escaped persecution from the Romans. Today, the four 4th- to 7th-century rock-cut Byzantine churches and 40 or so other buildings remain shrouded in mystery.

 

There are no written documents about or by St Nicholas, and present-day signage is scarce.

Gemiler may also have been a key stop on the Christian pilgrimage route to the Holy Land. Pilgrims sailing to Jerusalem would put in at this safe harbour, replenish water and supplies and pray for their safe journey. Today, one can explore the remains of these early churches, baths and harbour.

After going to shore using the dinghy, we walked over the island exploring all of the ancient buildings. Excavation of the island took place in 1995 collaboratle between some Japanese archeologists and the nearby Fethiye Museum. After exploring the ruined and ragged island, we went back to the boat, were we once again watched the afternoon entertainment of Gulets and tourboats and charters trying to anchor, always amusing!

That evening, mum and I went exploring in the dinghy, and we went over to a nearby beach at sunset. A pretty ride.

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Cold Water Bay ( reccy ), underwater cave bay and Kalkan.
13th June 2016

We left Gemiler reasonably early because our plan was to try and visit a new, unknown to us, destination.

We were still heading down south to a Harbour called Kalkan, but I had found a bay half way between the two, which we may be able to stop at for the night.

Today, there was some swell, which made Asena quite nervous. The bay I had found was called Kötü Bükü, a large open bay which has little protection. It would be good for the future because the ragged coastline between Gemiler and Kalkan doesn’t have many bays for anchoring in.

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After arriving and anchoring, we considered staying overnight however the swell was too large making the boat uncomfortable , so we just stayed and had some lunch before continuing the long trip to Kalkan.

Passing the 6.5 mile Patara beach, we ran parallel to a thunderstorm. The storm had the most impressive Fork lightning I had ever seen before, and to make the whole thing even more spectacular, we saw a small pod of dolphins going in the opposite direction, parallel to the beach with the lightning illuminating them.

 

Upon arriving in Kalkan, we moored flawlessly, had dinner, and went into the town for an evening drink. We call Kalkan ‘Birthday Bay’, because of how many “happy birthdays” you can hear being sung in all the Harbour side restaraunts in the evenings. This year though, the whole town seems really quiet.

 

A Busy Couple Of Weeks

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Sailing Daze….

 

From Knidos, we sailed all the way back to Fethiye on a long 13 hour trip. We had decided to do the long trip to Fethiye because of strong winds approaching the entire coastline in those next few days. This passage was one of the longest trips the dogs had ever done, so it was great that they managed without needing the loo. Upon arriving in Fethiye the expected strong wind blew.

Whilst we have been in Fethiye, we have taken friends out sailing. On the 17th, we took our friend John out. He owns a Catamaran on our pontoon, but he hasn’t been out sailing for six months. We took him to Tersane, where he stayed on board for one night. With him, we did lots of sailing, practicing Tacking and Gybing.

On the 27th, our good friend Elaine from Kas was sailing north, but they had stopped in Fethiye for two nights. They were travelling with some of there friends. We managed to see them before they continued their trip.

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People we knew from England came out to visit us. Tanya, who came out last year, came out with her boyfriend Nigel.

 

We had a great week out with them, We took them to Wall bay, Tersane and Gocek, and they loved them all! They had a great time with us paddle boarding, snorkeling, swimming, and enjoying the sun.

They will come out again to see us later in the year when we do our Greece trip.

After staying on the boat with us for four nights, they went and stayed in the beautiful Olive Garden Hotel, in Kabak, where we went and visited them the following day and relaxed by their gardens and pool. The food there is great and the infinitey pool is amazing!

 

The latest person we took out sailing was Christine. We once again took her to Tersane, where she went on the paddleboards and didn’t fall off…she must have done it before!

Before we left to do another big trip, we planned to go south toward the Kekova gulf. At the moment we are in Gemiler, but that will be a separate blog coming soon. The plan is from here to Kalkan-(A place we like, but I have never blogged about it)-then to kekova where there are lot of bays to explore, and then back to Fethiye, where we will be taking even more people out sailing.
This year has so far been a busy, and will continue to be, a busy year…

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This isn’t normal Summer sailing wear!!

 

Mum and Geoff had an idea once about doing yacht charters, initially they thought the idea wasn’t great because for a week of a charter myself and the dogs would have to be off the boat, ashore somewhere….. then they had a better idea.

Basically, keep me and the dogs aboard and approach the market from a different angle. The new idea is to find people who might be considering giving up their conventional life on land in the U.K. ( or wherever ) and moving aboard a boat somewhere warm, and giving them a taster of what real life living aboard is really like. In effect this is what we actually did with our friends for the week, and funnily, they were virtually ideal candidates as their long term plan may be to buy a boat and live aboard!

The experience definitely went down well. They commented it was the best holiday of their lives. Now mum and Geoff might consider the idea seriously.

 

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Anybody out there want first hand ” live aboard” experience?