To the Coast

Trip Start Jul 01, 1997
Trip End Oct 29, 1997

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Tuesday, July 15, 1997

Got up at 6.15 to walk with Lisa and Teresa to the top of the hill behind our camp. Everywhere there were wonderful wild flowers - poppies, a vivid blue flower and many different purple flowers. The view was fantastic and well worth getting up earlier for. In the night I'd heard bells and bleats and from our viewpoint we could see a herd of goats near the camp.

When we set off again it was actually quite chilly in the back of the truck because of a cool breeze and the higher altitude. We soon had jumpers and fleeces on. I was listening to the Prodigy tape which I like a lot. It's high in the turkish pop charts, but the Spice Girls are number one unfortunately.

There was a lot of winnowing going on in the fields we passed and many people were making tea - real tea in teapots, not teabags in mugs. It was very pretty as there were carpets of small pink flowers and thistles. When we stopped at a petrol station to fill up with diesel and water they made everyone a cup of tea which was very welcome and warmed us up.

As we continued we hit countryside which was a bit wilder and less cultivated. Once we hit pine forests it became warmer too, although it was still windy.

Arrived in Fethiye late morning for the cook group to shop. I had been here on two previous trips. Had lunch in one of the harbourside cafes. Brits everywhere. Apparently there's a large ex-pat population here. After lunch Teresa and I remained in Fethiye while the truck took the others on to Oludeniz, our base for the next few days. Had a quick look around, but it was too hot to do much. Found somewhere to get some photos processed, bought some fruit in the market and then caught a dolmus to Oludeniz. Noticed a lot more tourist-based development between the two places than when I was last here. Oludeniz itself has extended back into the valley and the front has been pedestrianised. It's more commercialised, but tastefully done.

Once again I find myself staying at the accommodation behind the Buzz Bar. The last time I'd stayed there we'd camped and I remember that the ground was so hard it was difficult to get the tent pegs in, so Teresa and I decided to fork out for one of the cabins I'd stayed in the first time I was here. The others hadn't done much when we arrived, but we soon all headed down to the beach for a swim. Unfortunately the current was too strong for it to be enjoyable and I was knocked down by the undertow when I tried to return to the beach. Miles had to help me out. It was refreshing anyway.

Finished the day with a few drinks in the Buzz Bar and a walk on the beach. Will be strange sleeping in a bed again.
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