Day 9: Clear Blue Water

Breakfast was great because I had TOAST!!!! I don’t have toast at home unless it’s with eggs. This is the FIRST hotel so far in 9 days that has had warm bread. Very nice. They also had fresh honey in a giant glass bowl with a wooden spoon and the usual Turkish items minus the salami. I had toast with cream cheese and honey. Delicious.

After breakfast, I rented an off-road scooter for 20 liras (great price) and headed off to Oludeniz. This city was a little more bustling than Selcuk and Pamukalle but not as busy Istanbul. A lot of ex-pats and many people spoke english which was convenient.

It’s a good thing I got an off-road scooter because the road to Oludeniz wound itself around mountains going up and down up and down with no guard rails and steep roads. The scenery was unlike any I’ve seen before. Trees preserved in their natural habitat surrounding homes over several decades old and farms with lambs, goats, and chickens. The air smelled like the forest and it was very easy to breathe. I’ve always wanted to goto a beach where the water is blue and you can see to the bottom of the ocean floor. In Houston we have Galveston aka the Dump (please don’t take offense), so there is not much to look at.

When I arrived, it was just as I had imagined it. Crystal clear blue water with one drawback… it was super cold. That’s the drawback of coming to Turkey in the off season. I was the only one in the water because of the temperature but the weather wasn’t going to stop me. I had never seen blue water before today and I was going to experience it!


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Waves hitting the rocky shores. The rocks are very smooth… no holes in my feet.

As I was leaving I met some more ex-pats who suggested I goto the city of Kayakoye. When the borders of Turkey and Greece were established after the first World War the Muslims on the Greek side of the border shifted to Turkey and the Christians on the Turkish side of the border shifted to Greece. Same thing with Pakistan and India minus the massacres. This whole village of Kayakoye was Christian so they migrated to Greece. You can learn more about it in a book called “Birds Without Wings”. The whole place gave a very serene feeling. It’s a ghost-town surrounded by a small farming village.

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Cute kid entertaining himself with a wheel attached to a stick and running after the chickens.

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On the way to Kayakoye

After checking out Kayakoye and heading back to the hotel in the scooter through winding mountains (ahhh so nice!), went to a restaurant recommended by Lonely Planet called Nefis Pide, which is a Turkish pizza restraunt. The pizze was AWESOME! They chop it up into slices and I had a beef and cheese pizza and a chicken pizza which didn’t have cheese on it. Afterwards I scootered around the city, had some baklava and went back to the hotel.

I was supposed to leave tonight or tomorrow morning, but on the way back to Fethiye from Kayakoye, I passed some mountains with tombs carved in them. Later I found out they were the ancient Lycian tombs, so I’m going to stay another day and explore those. One extra day in Fethiye to relax, and then back to Istanbul for the rest of my trip.

Tomorrow: Relax around Fethiye and check out Lycian tombs.

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View from the balcony of my room.

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