Nanny's last day with us
Trip Start Jul 01, 2007
79Trip End Sep 02, 2007
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During the afternoon we worked on a puzzle and I started teaching the kids how to play bridge. I knew there was a reason I had 3 kids-- it was so I would have a foursome for bridge! We got through the basics of play yesterday. Josh is eager to learn bidding, but we might save that for another day or two down the road, we'll see.
We headed to Yalikavak for dinner and a sunset. We stayed closer into town this time and it was surprising. Yalikavak is a pretty happening place at night. It's not cramped and crowded like Bodrum, but very lively just the same. We rolled the metaphorical dice and picked a place. Kids had spaghetti and cheeseburgers. We also ordered a cold octopus salad, a plate of Turkish mezzes (appetizers), a mixed grill and a mussel dish. It was an adventure in eating. The mezze plate included seaweed, something like broccoli rabbe, a spicy eggplant dish, something like coleslaw and two other dishes that had eggplant as a key ingredient. There was also a herring-type fish salad on there and some grilled red peppers. We (Nanny and I) tried it all. My favorite was the seaweed. Nanny liked the spicy one which had mint in it. Mostly they were things that we didn't feel like we would need to order again, but they were interesting. A nearby cat who looked like Kenny got a fair amount of octopus for dinner.
The waiter must have forgotten to put in the mixed grill order because it didn't come for a long time and we had to aske for it twice after the original order. The second time they comped us some teas and I sent the kids down the street to buy themselves some ice cream. Nanny was ready to bag it and leave, but I talked her into staying
We decided that the experience of the flaming fish was emblematic of our trip. You just have to relax and try and take everything as it comes because you never know when a flaming fish will arrive. The flaming fish makes it all worthwhile.
After dinner we had to walk a block away to pay our bill because the restaurant shares its credit card machine with another shop. We thought that was funny. Then we walked around for a bit to find Nanny some ice cream. We saw a barber using a blue flame to remove ear hair from a guy getting his shave--clearly fire was a theme of the evening. We checked Alex and Josh, but they didn't need the blue flame treatment. We found a lokma vendor and decided to give that a try for dessert. Lokma are Greek I think. They are almost like doughnut holes, but crispier and tossed with a glaze of honey. We had the choice of having them sprinkled with cinnamon or chocolate and we went with cinnamon. Nanny bought two nazar bonjuk to use as Christmas tree ornaments and we headed for home.