Amasra

Trip Start May 24, 2008
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Trip End Jul 26, 2008


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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Black Sea Coast,
Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Our last official stop in Turkey was in the small Black Sea port town of Amasra.  (Homer mentions the city in his writings by its original name, Sesamus.)  It's a small place with a population of only about 7,000.  Like Safranbolu, it too is a Turkish tourist town and domestic tourism is the most important part of the economy in the area.  It has some fairly lengthy beaches that span across two inlets and the setting is pretty, even if a little bit contrived for the tourist trade.  Of course, that too can be a fun part of the atmosphere in a place like this.

The mood was liberal here.  Both men and women were making use of the bars and their bathing suits.  We stayed in a private home on the top floor in what amounted to a small efficiency apartment.  The views were excellent, but we discovered all too late that an open air disco was sitting about a hundred feet below our balcony in a large parking lot near a fleet of fishing boats.  The festivities went on there each night until at least 1am.  Hey Turkey!  It's party time!

We spent 3 nights here with nothing on the agenda but to watch the water, enjoy the sunsets, and have some good food and drink along the coast.  Mission accomplished.

We're heading back to Istanbul.  Enjoy the pictures!

Jon and Liz
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