Two Busy Days Exploring Cesme - (Erythrae)

Trip Start May 13, 2010
Trip End May 14, 2010

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"Aegean Sunset"

Flag of Turkey  , Izmir,
Thursday, May 13, 2010

Today we are on our way to meet David and Elaine, - the Local Expert of Turkey, my friend from TravelPod. The Local expert of Turkey…. but not Turkish at all !! YEeesss!

The fact that David and Elaine are British, is so comforting for me.

The ferry leaves at 8.30 am and the trip lasts 60 minutes.

It is really small but fast.  One way tickets from Chios to Cesme cost 25 euros, while a two way ticket costs 30 euros.

The cost for a tour to Izmir with a private guide costs 40 euros. (in case somebody is interested).

At first I thought that we would spend one night with our friends and leave early the following morning, but we were told that the ferry from Cesme to Chios does not leave earlier than  6 o'clock in the afternoon. So we are having 2 whole days with the company of our friends.


David is holding a piece of paper with my name on, but the moment I see him from a distance I know it is him. He is just as I had imagined him, kind, open- hearted, and with a sense of humor. (Hugs and Kisses)……!  We get in the car leaving behind the rather reserved resort centre of Cesme, and David wants to show us a bit of the coastal area and his little village "Ciftlikkoy" before driving us home.  Life here seems easy-going. The small village has a few small shops, a bakery, some restaurants overlooking the Aegean, and a picturesque harbour. No wonder that our friends have picked this place and settled here for good !

The " Aegean Sunset” Villa can be seen in a distance among fields in a semi-rural location. David tells us that the locals still plough their fields with horses here, and he is excited telling us that they enjoy the real village life here.   

Elaine welcomes us at the door.  She seems so kind and sweet.  We are shown to our huge self-contained apartment which is called “Sunset”.   Elaine is a very sympathetic and open hearted lady who makes you feel comfortable from the very beginning.

We left our hotel this morning without having breakfast.  Getting down to the port we went straight to check in, hoping to have a cup of coffee on board the ferry but there was nobody at the bar. We badly need a cup of coffee, so Elaine offers to make some coffee and have breakfast together, giving us time to unpack and become acquainted with our apartment.

A nicely set table and a rich breakfast is waiting for us in our friends’ apartment, next door, with home-made marmalades, peanut butter, cheese, toasts, etc.  We laugh a lot, talk almost about anything - our families and grandchildren, summer plans, and future trips.
     (The Aegean Sunset Apartments)

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Just can't wait to get there in October. You make the world look so beautiful though your lens.

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