On the Med

Trip Start May 22, 2008
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Trip End May 31, 2010


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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Mediterranean Coast,
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Arriving in Kas we can instantly see this place is special. It's a small port town with a nice central plaza surrounded by restaurants, open air cafes and shops.   We bypass the guidebook’s recommended pensions and end up at El Kapitans.  The owner is a very nice gentleman in his 80’s that speaks almost no English.  With some hand motions and lots of smiling we settle on a price ($15 per night).  His place is right across the street from the sea and our room has a nice terrace with a great view of the water and islands which belong to Greece.  It’s hard to imagine but we are that close.   The small town is quiet, not packed with tourists, but it seems everybody is getting ready for the busy season.  People are sweeping, painting and dusting off everything in anticipation the crowds.  We are lucky enough to be here before the crush, but actually who knows if there will even be one in this economy. 

The next day we stroll about 200 meters and visit the ancient Hellenistic theater.  A great small site, with an awesome view of the bay and best of all there is no entry fee.  Again there are no tourists and have the place to ourselves.  We sit and ponder our next jump, a weathered traveler recommended a small town about 2 hours down the highway.  We decide to give it a go because it has ruins and a beach, both things we really like.  With that settled, we wander into town catch a glimpse of the Lycian tombs of the ancient city of Antiphellos.

On our final night and we have some freshly caught Calamari and crisp white wine on the Plaza.  Afterwards we stroll around town to look for the Futbol World Cup Qualifier, Turkey Vs Spain.  We enjoy 3 mezze dishes, a few beers and see the Turks go down, tough loss. 

The next morning the sun is still shining, we thank the Kapitans and roll out of town, next stop the ancient city of Patara.
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