Co-Pilot goes to Turkey
Here are some photos of a recent trip that included one week on a Turkish gulet, cruising the coast between Antalya and Dalman. What a great way to travel! We chartered the boat, then set about finding family and friends to share the trip. The charter included a captain, mate, and cook. It was heaven to have all meals prepared, served, and cleared away - not quite like the boat travel I'm used to. So relaxing, very few decisions to make - just whether to swim or hike, read or chat. And it was surprisingly inexpensive.
We hired a wonderful guide, who lead us to local restaurants we'd never have found, took us on interesting hikes to various ruins, and helped us understand what we were seeing. Turkey is full of ruins from the Lycian, Greek, Roman and Byzantine era - by the end of the trip we were joking that anything younger than 500 AD was hardly worth notice, because so much of the ancient world is there to explore. A distinctive feature of ruins in Turkey is that most of them are just sitting there, unregulated, unguarded, and openly accessible.
In these pix you can see the Co-Pilot at Patarra beach and on board the boat. The photo of the couple on the small boat is an example of local commerce: they would come up to our boat and cook to order a "pancake" - kind of crepe-like but made with dough instead of batter. Next shots are just a typical harbor scene, and a valley we hiked in.
Sorry about the upside down photo in the first post! Here are some more pix of some of the ruins:
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Stunning scenery! At first I thought - "Ahh the Co-Pilot gets to enjoy the trip and relax" and then I saw the blue water, the ruins, the sky....wish I could visit too! (And I'd have to bring along my Co-Pilot of course.)