Cruising the Med

Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, October 3, 2005

I just finished a 4 day gulet cruise of the Mediterranean side of Turkey. We started in Fethiye, and finished in Olimpos. A gulet is a wooden boat, that sleeps about 16 people give or take. The crew don't have cabins, they sleep on deck. Though most of us ended up sleeping on deck the whole time too!

We left Thursday morning, clear blue skies as we set off. Every hour or two we stopped for a swim, I think I have said it before but the water is unbelievably clear and warm! It was a strenous 4 days of swimming, lying in the sun, eating, drinking, reading my get the picture!

There were 4 crew and 15 passengers. One of the crew is the cook, and all meals are prepared and served for you. The food was actually quite good, to my surprise. Overall if you were a vegetarian visiting Turkey you would have no problems at all. Most of the passengers were from Australia, although there was a Canadian family from Vernon (where much of my mom's side of the family is from). They were travelling with 2 of their 5 kids! Quite an adveture.

The cruise sort of reminded me of houseboating in the Shuswap of B.C. back home, when we would anchor for the night these smaller boats would raft up to use plying their wares: ice cream, gozlemes (sort of like a crepe), pashminas, sea doos and water skiing! It was great. You could shop from your spot on the deck.

We stopped at one town, Kas, but mostly just in quiet bays for swimming. The third night is the big party night, when a boat comes to collect everyone and take them to Smugglers Inn, a dance club just across the bay. I went, and had a great time, but at that point the rash of 19 year old "let's DO Europe" kids were beginning to wear on my nerves. They kept everyone up each night until the wee hours with their partying, which on a boat like this was to be expected. But at 3 am when we closed the bar down, and they were inviting everyone from the other boats to come back to ours to keep partying...was a bit too much!

The cabins are tiny, and after a few days the washrooms get quite rank, so most of us slept out on the deck. Under the millions of stars, with the boat gently rocking, how could you not sleep like a baby? (After the party died down of course!)

The only damper on the trip was the last day when we were awakened by the pouring rain...which continued ALL day. And everything got soaked, including many of the cabins leaking. My stuff wasn't too bad off thankfully. But it did mean cutting our day short as no one wanted to do anything except get dry! Luckily it was the last day, and the weather had been perfect up until that point, so we didn't miss out on too much.

All in all, a fabulous time, and something I would definitely recommend doing if you are ever on the south coast of Turkey!
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