A lazy day in Dalyan

Trip Start Nov 09, 2007
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Trip End Feb 03, 2008


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Thursday, November 29, 2007

We enjoyed our boat trip with Ali so much that we organised to go out with him again today. We asked to go down river this time so that we could visit the beach called by the boat operators as Turtle Beach because it is another breeding ground for the caretta or loggerhead turtles that nest there, but it's real name is Iztuzu Beach.
We passed the awesome Lycian tombs carved into the bare cliff face into ornate patterns. We guessed that the more ornate the tomb the more important the people inside. As we continued downstream we passed through an elaborate gate operated by three men that raised and lowered a blocking device to stop some boats passing through. The sign said that 'seed boats' were not allowed to pass, but neither of us were sure what a seed boat is. Possibly the sign referred to speed boats. This would make sense as these are some very special wetlands that need to be protected.
We tried to capture some of the birdlife with the camera but it's hard. Ali took us on a tour around some of the sites and then dropped us off at the beach. We spread out our towels, and the girls went and swam and played by the water's edge. I dozed, Jess daydreamed and after a while it was time to return to the boat for the barbeque that Ali had cooked up for us. Chicken, salad, fresh bread and best of all barbecued fish, freshly caught. So good. Ali poured us 'a little raki', then when we had finished that, a little more. By the end of it we were both feeling a bit light headed and I was worried that Ssej might be about to appear. But no, it was all good.
We returned back to Dalyan slowly up the river, enjoying the birds and the passing boats. After we arrived we thanked Ali and then went in search of a good coffee and some delicious baklava. We managed to find both and the girls had a chocolate pudding. Demet was the name of the pastanesi (patisserie) and I recommend it.
A roaring fire was happening at Yeni Gol when we got back so we sat, played Uno, typed up the blog and luxuriated in the warmth of the fire. Another brilliant day. Time to pack up and head on to Selcuk  tomorrow.
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