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Trip Start Aug 28, 2007
28Trip End Nov 02, 2007
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Mitch had really talked up Fethiye based on his visit five years ago, and it didn't disappoint. The main attraction of Fethiye is the "12 islands cruise" that you can take from its harbor to the surrounding islands. The cruise actually stops at about five islands, where they let you jump off the boat and swim for about a half hour.
Our cruise was heaven. I swam a little (had to jump off the diving platform on the top deck once Mitch said he didn't think I could do it!) but mostly just relaxed on the deck. They have comfy mats that you can lay on, and they played some classic 90s tunes. (When was the last time you heard "Stay" by Shakespear's Sister - their spelling, not mine - or "How Can I Fall?" by Breathe? Awesome.) The cruise was one of the single best values of our entire trip - 15 lira (about 12 bucks) for a full day cruise including a fairly decent lunch
We actually based ourselves in Kayakoy, a smaller town about a 20-minute minibus ride outside of Fethiye. "Kaya," as the locals efficiently refer to it, is set in a valley just below a deserted former Greek hill town. (Apparently all of its residents left in a population exchange program between Turkey and Greece after World War I.) The modern town of Kaya was tiny and could not have been more relaxing. We met some interesting folks at the bar of the little family-owned pension where we stayed, and had some delicious gozleme at a little restaurant down the road. (Although we felt bad that as soon as we ordered, the owner hopped in his car to go pick up his mother from where she was visiting with a friend - she is the only one who can roll out the dough properly.) But the best part about Kayakoy was how quiet and dark it was at night - walking home with our bellies full of gozleme and beer under a sky full of stars was a memorable end to a memorable day.