Christmas Greetings from Turkey
Trip Start Jun 01, 2007
74Trip End Ongoing
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Last week we were lucky enough to be able to join the local Turkish walking group to continue our journey along the Lycean Way, known locally as Likya Yolu. 14 of us set off in a mini bus at the crack of dawn on Thursday morning and after a brief stop for a very cheap cup of tea (away from the tourist area!) we were soon walking in the sunshine. Our first night was spent in Gey, a very small village with basic accommodation. We sat around the table in the car port to eat our meal and then to warm up, we danced around the table. The music was provided by the minibus driver, who kindly left the vehicle door open with the radio at full volume.
The next morning we followed the path along the coast to Bel. It was very windy but bright and sunny. If we thought Gey was basic, Bel gave us an example of rural Turkey at its best. We were given a very warm welcome, so much so that the family gave up their rooms for us. Peter and I were given the main bedroom which, despite having no bed, was comfortable, albeit we were sleeping on the floor under a huge pile of blankets. I think the family slept on the kitchen floor!!! I think several people could have strangled the cockerel which started crowing just outside the door at 0330!!
We had plenty to eat and after a hearty breakfast which included potatoes, cheese, olives, yogurt and honey, we were soon off again. The weather wasn't so good but the rain was light and didn't last long and it was warm going up hill. The walk took us through pine woods and olive groves. There were some spectacular views and we met lots of friendly people along the way. We reached Patara beach just in time for a quick dip before the sunset. Some people had bought wine for a sundowner, and though we could only find coffee mugs, we were invited to join in!
On the final day we walked along the coast and round the bays where we had anchored our boat in the summer. It was lovely to look down on the clear blue sea. We came across an aquaduct that had been built by the Romans to transport water from the hills to the town and we had not known it was there.
Peter writes .....
Apart from the walk life has been pretty ordinary really. I'm beginning to get a bit worried however that recently we seem to be getting a bit too close for comfort when it comes to the quiz nights; two first places and a second are more than I can handle. It's a bit scary to think that the only reason I know some of the answers is because of my age and having lived through many of the events or topics in the quiz!
My new career in boats has led me into many new and technical spheres but the other day it was well and truly put to the test when we discovered we had a bad corrosion problem of the anodes that protect out boat beneath the water. After two days checking the boat thoroughly with a multimeter the fault was found. It was a 220volt short-circuit that was crossing over into the 12 volt system and then going to earth near our propeller! All solved now and a new circuit box will be installed soon.
Christmas and the New Year are nearly upon us. The decorations are up on the boat and there are some parties, dinners and drinks ahead. Can we wish everyone a very enjoyable time and good luck in the New Year.
Hope everyone enjoys the photos especially the video message from both of us.