Roast Turkey (Part 1)

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
Trip End Feb 15, 2011

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Boutique Yacht Hotel

Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sam: Disclaimer: If you are reading this at work, or after a crappy day at work, you might want to stop reading now. This is going to hurt!

Well, I warned you.... but now you've chosen to read about the most fantastic couple of days ever. Oh well, you could always choose not to look at the photos.

Lee: So we decided to make our last day memorable and headed out to the amazing Sikati Cave with Mark and Jitka. It was a super day at one of my favourite geological wonders. Everyone rode an emotional roller-coaster, whether it was from struggling, to "that's the most scared I have ever been" moments, to unexpected successes. Highlights were Jitka leading the extremely runout (sparsely protected) climb Lolita, facing the prospect of some truly huge falls. And another was my onsight of Morgan + Adam (7c+/8a). See the pics. It's a crazy place. 

Sam: We woke early on 10 June (5:00am) which hurt significantly after the late last night we had in Kalymnos, drinking sangria and eating our last supper with friends. We then caught a taxi to the port of Pothia, jumped on a ferry to the neighbouring island of Kos, caught another taxi to the other Kos port and jumped on another ferry to Bodrum, Turkey. From here, we collected our Hyundai Getz (Lee: after a debacle, stupid taxi drivers!) and hit the road. It took us about 15 minutes before we worked out that in Turkey, lane markings are drawn on the road for decorative purposes only and overtaking on a two-way street in heavy traffic is common practice.

Anyway, we got on the correct highway straight away (thanks to the iPhone Turkey GPS application we downloaded last week) (Lee: we bought the el cheapo $23 one and it's doing alright!) and began our 4 hour drive to the coastal town of Fethiye. Along the way, we stopped at a service station for fuel and lunch.

Lee: I filled the car, did a quick calculation and pulled out 20 Euro to pay. Should cost about $30 Aussie to fill a Getz, right? The dude on the register laughed and told me it would be 72 Euro (over $100 Aussie dollars). I was sure I was being scammed and refused to pay. After some calculations and realising that yes, fuel does cost 3.65 Euro a litre here, I sucked it up and paid. OUCH! Bring on the US of A, eh?

Sam: Expecting a burger and fries, you can imagine our shock when the proprietor brought out chicken stew, rice, fried vegies, yoghurt and a basket of Turkish bread. Lee's reaction to the latter was hilarious... as the bread was brought out, he exclaimed "We’re in the land of Turkish bread!" (which he hadn’t realised prior to this point). Now, anyone who knows Lee knows how much he loves Turkish bread (Lee: I love it). Needless to say, he has been a pretty happy boy since this revelation. (Lee: how good is Turkish bread?)

We arrived in Fethiye without hassle and checked into our hotel where we were welcomed with complementary drinks and a two-tier platter of bakery treats. Nice! After our bags were taken to our room and our car valet-parked, we hit the streets for some exploring.

Fethiye is a seaside town with a beautiful marina, great restaurants, fabulous shops and paved streets; a great place to visit if you’re ever in Turkey.

First stop that night was a Turkish barber where Lee got his hair cut while I explored the shops. After receiving a great recommendation for a restaurant from the barber, we had dinner and retired to a cafe for cappuccinos and Turkish apple tea.

Interesting facts about Turkey that we have learnt over the last few days:
  • The locals love to give you tea. If you stop at the servo, you’ll get tea. If you pick up some groceries at the supermarket, you’ll also get tea. We even stopped at a market stall that sold nothing but spices and we were given tea. Everyone is constantly walking around with a glass of tea in their hands and of course, every meal is followed by tea.

  • The locals also love to give you presents. So far, I have been given two bracelets and Lee has been given one.

  • Gözlemes (Turkish pancakes) with spinach and feta are awesome (and are very cheap if purchased from a roadside stall).
But that's just the beginning of our Turkey coastal adventure. Stay tuned for the next instalment.
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Azza on

Love it, love it, love it! Keep the entries coming guys! See you soon ;-)

Ross on

So glad your having a great time. Sounds like nothing has changed in Turkey since I was there in 1988.( thats embarising) Except the price of fuel!

Sandra on

Can you stash a few of those Turkish treats away and bring them home for us ...P L E A S E
Luv to ya both from the little weblets too.

Steve H on

Turkey is a great Country. the apple tea is interesting but not as good as the turkish delight!! enjoy the variety

Mike Skidmore on

Hi Lee and Sam, love the pics. Not sure I should visit Turkey again as the cakes look toooooo yummy.
Climbing looks awesome.
Enjoy every moment
Love Dad & Robyn

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