'A Real Gem'..

Trip Start May 02, 2006
Trip End Mar 02, 2007

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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Hello again.

We're up on the Black Sea coast in a seaside town called Amasra. Before I start let me read to you what the Lonely Planet has to say about this place:

'Amasra is a real gem and surely the prettiest small village on the Black Sea coast. It's relative isolation preserves it from the sort of over-development it might have suffered if it were on the Aegean.'

Sounds really nice right, well that what's we thought when we read it and just the sort of place we needed after being bedridden in an Ankaran sweat box sick as the proverbial for 3 days. Well, the reality folks is that Amasra is a deep, dark and round shithole.

Sure it has some nice people living there and we did enjoy chatting to more than a few of the locals but that was not and I mean not enough to endear us to the place in any shape or form. To be honest, Palamutbuku has spoiled us and any beach till we get into the Southern Hemisphere is going to have to pretty good to top it.

The setting of the place is nice enough but they have basically destroyed any natural beauty the place might have had. The beach is disgusting, the town is filthy and the water reminded me of Bondi 20 years ago when they were still pumping sewerage out of the southern end. Why anyone would want to swim in the Black Sea is beyond me. We swam in it for a couple of hours on 2 separate days but when you come out of the water with a ciggie butt behind your ear you know it's time to make like a tree and leave.

And that's exactly what we did. We packed our bags and got the hell out of dodge.

My advice, if you want beaches in Turkey, stick to the Aegean firstly and the Med secondly. Do not on any circumstances head to the Black Sea, just think of the countries that surround it. I'll be very surprised if we don't pop out a three eyed kid.

Take that Mr Lonely Planet!

Hope you're all well.


Nath and Kat.
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