Thanks to the Stanley's for their hospitality!
Yalıkavak is a town near Bodrum in Muğla province, on the Aegean coast of Turkey. It is 18 km from Bodrum and located at the north eastern tip of the Bodrum peninsula. It has been inhabited since near the end of the second millennium B.C. The cliffs overlooking the ocean are covered with little white villas, one of which Marks mum owns. Kira was kind enough to let us stay in the villa during our stay which we appreciated because this is where we had our first proper home cooked meal in two months! The villa came with free cats (about 6), an awesome 25m pool and plenty of room for the 5 of us.
During our stay, we visited a town called Gumusluk to walk on the 3500 year old Royal Road. The 150 meter long and 1.5 meter wide Royal Road connects Rabbit island to the mainland on the Gumusluk Beach, in Bodrum. The road is now visible, after the sea withdrew in 2007. Pretty freaking awesome! We could wade through the knee deep water to get to the island but we were able to go onto the island because the ruins are currently being excavated.
Most other days we made our way to the town down the road, Bodrum, because this is where Marks dad, Dave, lives. Bodrum is an awesome town with a Grand Bazaar for those 'Genuine Imitation' purchases, and also lots of traditional Turkish souvenirs like the Shisha pipe, ceramic crockery, rugs, pashminas.... Every girl at least needs a black pashmina! This was my justification to Brad for my pashmina purchase in summer. Unfortunately we couldn't buy too much because its not real fun carrying around bulky souvenirs for months :o/
We had one big night out at Halikarnas, one of the biggest/best open-air clubs in the world. Its design is a combination of ancient and modern world. It is situated right by the water and has two entrances; by boat through the pier or by land. We took the by land option.... The scenery from the club is marvelous; while people dance they can enjoy the Aegean Sea and the medieval castle (St. Peter's Castle) right across the bay. Thanks to Mo Captain (captain of Dave's Gulet) we got us some VIP treatment! We felt like kings! I'll leave out the details about me holding Brads hair back... Hehe
After a week of chillin', swimming, window shopping, eating and drinking, we went sailing with Dave on his 18 meter traditional wooden gulet! Dave is the proud owner of Southern Cross Blue Cruising so we felt extremely privileged to be invited to go on the boat. Our trip included sailing along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey and the Greek islands. We got to visit beautiful little villages, ancient Roman and Byzantine ruins, an active volcano, quiet beaches, and eat lots of Turkish cuisine, cooked by our wonderful chef, Umi. Or 21/blackjack as the boys would call him because he has 6 toes on one foot! He had no troubles balancing in rough seas. Haha The crew are absolute legends. The deckhand, Verol, had lots of secret talents incuding playing the guitar and singing, backflips off cliff jumps, and always making sure that we always had a drink in hand.
But then there was Mo Captain. Who is kick arse at his job! Mo Captain got to display his expert captain skills one day while we were docked in a harbour and a charter yacht was reversing without dropping his anchor chain and the wind blew the yacht sideways into the gulet beside us. It was very intense and there was lots of yelling from the owner of the gulet. Particularly when he tried to deflect the 35ft yacht from hitting his boat with his hands..... Let's just say that his wrist took on an awful S shape... I had moments of feeling very ill for the remainder of the day from the sight of his wrist. Yuk! Thankfully onlookers on the harbour placed fenders along the cement wall to stop the yacht from smashing up against the wall. Phew! The captain of the charter yacht had all the right clothes, but no skills to match. They didnt even really seem to care... By the end of the afternoon, Mo Captain had done captain duties on all the neighbouring boats to get the harbour in good order and all the boats secured in the harbour. Especially because the gulet next to us had lost their captain with his trip to thr hospital. Not bad for a 28 year old! We were all most impressed.
Mo has been trying to improve his English and is planning a trip to Oz to study around December - look out ladies!
Yalikavak/Bodrum Pics - check out Halikarnas!
Sailing Turkey Pics - google Southern Cross Blue Cruising and do it!