Family - The Drive to Kas

Trip Start Mar 12, 2008
Trip End Mar 31, 2008

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Breakfast at the Orange Motel was great. Served out on the open patio under the orange tree, the food was fresh, colorful and just kept coming. Fresh squeezed orange juice, feta cheese, cucumbers, crepes with home-made honey, fig, apricot and marmalade jams, soft bread and probably get the idea.
And then were on the road. We had se our sights on Kas, and the drive took just over 3 hours, with one stop for orange juice, fanta and coffee at a roadside stop at an inlet with a beautiful view. The countryside was variable and interesting, with a remarkably dense amount of covered fruit farms on the coast. Arriving at Kas is dramatic - a steep winding road down to the town, with views of the bay, islands, and the nearby Greek isle across the bay. It was warm and hazey, and Patty felt remarkably reminiscent of the South China Sea. We checked into a family sized room at the Hera Hotel, again with a balcony that looked straight out over the Aegean, then walked into the town for lunch. The town is compact, pretty, and at this time of the year, not particularly touristed. The central square has a statue of Ataturk, and everything, including the harbor, spreads out from there.

In the early afternoon, we walked just over a mile away from the hotel to a lovely alcove beach, called Kochukchakil beach. The water was again to cold to swim, but the sun was shining and there was no wind. We spent the better part of a couple of hours scampering over rocks, lazing, and eventually getting refreshments at the ADA Restaurant, right on the beach. While we were there, some locals who were sitting at an adjoining table sent over some delectable honey soaked pistachio pasteries. Incredible! The restaurant proprietor, Fatihada, was friendly and hospitable, and lent us his backgammon board.

Later that evening, dinner was at a local family run restaurant, Bi Lokma. Local, home-cooked food is hard to beat in a place like this.
We all slept well with the sounds of the waves in the background.  
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