Family - The Drive to Bodrum

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

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Friday, March 28, 2008

It was raining gently as we drove out of Gokova. The road led pretty much straight up into the mountains, almost above the cloud line and out of the rain. After that, we drove through farming country until the turn-off to Bodrum. The approach into Bodrum was lovely. The peninsula is surrounded by islands, and the water was the typical blue, even though the wind had stirred things up a bit. We found our way to the road in fron to f the marina, and landed right outside the Marina Vista hotel. The whole drive was little over 2 hours from Gokova. Patty secured a lovely family room using our usual strategy, and we then set of walking. The town is centered round St. Peterīs castle, now a museum, which separates the larger bay into two smaller bays. This town was one of the first to experience the tourist boom, starting in the late 80īs and early 90īs, and parts of it certainly had a more cosmopolitan feel. Other area had a very typical local feeling. There were fish markets going along the ocean front, and a fairly hustle-bustle feel to the streets and walk-ways. We were more in the mood for wondering around and shopping, and the market we found extended along the bay away from the marina. We bought some souvenirs, and ended up in a small restaurant which fronted right onto the bay. The waiters were fantastic, and ended up playing cards with the kids. Patty and I relaxed, had a glass of whine and planned the next stage of the trip. After that, we took a circuitous walk back to the hotel in quite windy conditions, and set in for a relaxed evening of reading and writing.
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