A Quick Stop in Cool Kas - Then Onward to Fethiye

Trip Start Jul 06, 2008
Trip End Aug 18, 2008

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

We moved along the coast to Kas, a mellow and relaxing town.  It is not known for it's beaches - which we did not really even find - except for a little patch of rocky ground between a couple of restaurants.  The town was a cool place to visit though.  Buildings and homes were built up and into the mountainside and there were many restaurants and pubs to visit. 

Trevor and I enjoyed a leisurly wander through small shops and boutiques before we visited some ruins just before sunset.  The best of the ruins in Kas was that of a theatre which was in very good condition.  We spent some time here taking pictures and enjoying the breeze off the sea below. 

Since we were still looking to lay on a beach somewhere, we decided to move along to our next stop, Fethiye. Fethiye is tucked into a broad bay and is a very old town.  Unfortunately, a major earthquake in 1958 levelled most of it and left only tombs from 400 BC.  It's an incredibly relaxed place and we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves. 

We have been here 3 days now, and have walked along the inner bay - a natural harbour - every evening, stopping for supper to overlook the boats in the water and watching the sunset through the sails and lines that reach up into the sky.  It is a bazaar feeling to be sitting at small restaurant here.  It is just as the movies portray it - only we're IN the movie.  We sit outside at a small, cozy table, with dinner plates already set out on a a simple but pleasant table cloth.  The sea-breeze gently cools our skin and we are happy to be sitting after walking on the cobblestone streets for the afternoon.  Music is playing in the background and water is lapping along the boats in the marina.  All is calm and the local people are so friendly that we can see a twinkle on their faces when they talk to us. 

Our choice in Pansiyon this time around definitely left something to be desired.  Rather than doing our usual routine of searching for a while and asking at at least 3 places for their prices, while also inspecting the rooms - we had our heart set on 'Ideal Pansiyon' a place listed in the guide book.  We were suckered into going there because the book said it was run by a retired teacher and that there were offers of free boat trips if you stayed 3 nights.  Since we were planning on staying 3 nights - and since we are both teachers, we thought this would be perfect.  

From the bus stop, we boarded a dolmus (mini-bus) and asked the driver if it would go past our pansiyon.  He nodded yes and sped away - picking up and dropping people off as he went.  All we knew was that the place was near the marina.  When we passed the marina and kept going - and going - and going - we figured something had gone amiss!  (very clever, we are).  Looking back to where we HAD been, we were now pretty much on the OTHER side of the bay - looking BACK at where we KNEW we were SUPPOSED to be.  (yes I realize this is a lot of CAP LOCK writing - but really...it is not like us to mess a mere bus ride up this badly - the CAPS is warranted.  Trevor stumbled to the front of the dolmus and pointed to our little map stating our pansiyon name again - I think the driver said he "forgot about us" - no problem really - we weren't worried - just tired of driving and looking forward to eventually settling in to this great pansiyon (teacher - owned...it must be great, right!)

The driver seemed to wave to us and said, "No problem".  The next dolmus he saw going in the other direction, he honked at (which could mean, "Get out of the ^+&=\* way", or "move over!" or "I'm going to pass you", or "Hey buddy!". This time it meant, "Hey stop!  I've got these two stupid Canadians on my dolmus and they didn't bother to tell me they have missed their stop by over 15 minutes - will you take them off my hands for me?".  OK OK OK, knowing the Turkish people the little bit that we do - he probably was very kind and simply asked the other driver to take us back to the road that our pansiyon was located.  We hopped off the current dolmus and scuttled across the street and hopped on the second one, heading back in the direction we had just come from.  Within about 10 minutes our new driver had pulled over near the marina and was pointing up a street.  We thanked him kindly and began to climb a very steep hill (with our large, heavy packs on) and finally found the place. 
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