Pedi Bay and Marathouda

Our first morning back in Greece, just planning a wander along to pick up a Cheese Pie and the Port Police tell us, very politely, we had to move by 11 as we were on a ferry berth.

Simi is a pretty place and we were in two minds as to whether to move to another gap when someone left, or to simply leave all together.   The berths in Simi are exposed to the wash from the numerous ferries, and the previous evening had been so unexpectedly good that we didn’t want to spoil the memory with a mediocre second one. With just enough time for a the Cheese Pie, we left and headed for Pedi, a large bay a few miles south of Simi.

We’d heard nice things about Pedi, which is pretty and thought we’d stay overnight before moving on.   But, it is notorious for poor holding, with yachts invariably dragging their anchors; even the author of our Pilot Book dragged his anchor there so what hope did we have?!   So, we anchored and made sure it was well dug in then settled down for a BBQ and a nice cool swim, planning to go ashore for a walk in the evening, grab a wine and a welcome-back saganaki.

As the afternoon wore on the wind began to build and got to about 20 knots when we started to drag. It is quite alarming really, suddenly finding all the other boats around you drifting slowly by ……. . We heaved up our anchor and had two other attempts to get it to hold, both unsuccessful, before I decided to head out for another anchorage before everyone else got the same idea.

There are 4 other bays on the east coast of Simi where you can anchor. The first is described as being deep, the Pilot Book advising ‘anchor where depths are convenient’, code for ‘good luck with that’, the second is ‘a good lunch stop’ or ‘you wouldn’t want to be here for too long in a blow’. I set off for the third bay called Ormos Marathouda;  ‘anchor in 4-8 metres at the head of the bay’.

Many of these islands are subject to Katabatic Winds on their lee sides. The wind climbs one side of the island and then falls off the other, rolling down into the bays at higher than expected speeds. As we passed each of the bays the wind was gusting to over 20 knots, dropping away again before the next inlet, and Marathouda was no different, it was however, almost empty.    Either a really good sign or a really bad one.

Marathouda

The only other yacht there was tied to a 20 litre plastic can on a piece of string. These are ‘laid moorings’ which are generally concrete blocks with a chain and rope attached. There was a second one not too far away from it but I am always loathe to pick up such moorings as you do not know what is actually on the other end; with my luck it would a lobster pot, the 20 litre drums have multiple uses!!

We anchored in the dead centre of the bay and let out plenty of chain.   It felt well and truly set in a depth of 7 metres and as the water was crystal clear I snorkelled out to check the anchor was well dug in before settling down for the evening.

There is a small hamlet at the head of the bay with a very local taverna on the beach; we took the tender ashore in the evening for a light snack and whiled away the time watching the local goats, watching us, watching them. The picket fence made sense now; cats in a taverna are bad enough, but a herd of goats !!!??    We also tried to connect to their WiFi, but it was hopeless. This is my ‘blogging challenge’, getting strong enough WiFi signal or enough data to publish photos and blogs! We almost completely failed to connect!

It was so nice, and the winds forecast to be so strong on the west side of the island we stayed at anchor for the whole of Wednesday waiting for our opportunity to push on towards Tilos.

Marathouda sunrise

Marathouda was one of those last minute, spur of the moment destinations which turned out to be lovely. It was fairly quiet, relatively sheltered with good holding and beautiful clear waters. Clear other than first thing in the morning when a slick of unmentionables tends to wash in on the morning sea breeze. If the wind is in the other direction it goes to Turkey, but on Wednesday it was Greece’s turn! We found this out chatting with a local fisherman, ex Merchant Navy engineer who had worked in the Brooklyn Shipyards in the 1970s and whose family owned 11 of the houses around the bay. We only counted a dozen buildings, not including the taverna and the church so figured he must also be the Mayor! The slick dissipated, as the Mayor had predicted and the waters returned to being crystal clear so we spent our time swimming and snorkelling and then planning our next legs west, dodging the Meltemi.   We have a cunning plan to dodge the adverse winds which will be put into operation tomorrow morning at 4 am!

Symi

Our Port of Entry back into Greece was to be Symi.   We’d had mixed reports about the place and as soon as we arrived we were turned away by the Port Police and told to come back at 4 pm.   A good start!

Our first sight of Symi

Our passage across had been straight forward and as expected the wind was from right ahead of us although only 5 to 10 knots.   It built as we approached Symi and was gusting to 20 knots as we tried to find somewhere close by Symi port to anchor for an hour or so.   We couldn’t.   The nearest bay, Empourio, is just north of Symi and is too deep for us to anchor in apart from one small, shallow spot off the village, easily identified by the yacht anchored on it.   There was nothing for it but to drift for an hour then join the rush hour back in Symi harbour.

Symi harbour

We found a spot and once secure, and paid, I went in search of officialdom. The first office to visit was the Port Police for Immigration, they are on the north side of the harbour entrance.  Then on to Customs, right in the middle of the end of the harbour before going round to the other Port Police for the DEPKA, they are on the south side of the harbour entrance directly opposite the Immigration Port Police.   Immigration were impressed I had the correct Crew List, the Customs man wasn’t interested in VAT, he only wanted the Insurance, Registration and our impressive Crew List and the other Port Police wanted the same documents and our DEPKA, and to collect a €15 tourist tax.   It is a mystery why you need 3 offices at, quite literally, the three extremities of the harbour, but rules are rules, and at least I didn’t need to pay someone to do it for me!   Another bonus of touring the harbour was locating a Bakery close to the Customs House.

Looking along the harbour from the Customs House

That evening Valeria found us a great restaurant, Taverna To Spitiko, just a few metres from the boat.  Wow.  We had a seafood meze and it was fabulous. We were munching our way through it trying, unsuccessfully, to recall better this year; it was a great welcome back to Greece!

Following that we went for a wander around the streets and found ourselves at an open air concert, three singers and an organist doing classical type music. Hardly Greece has Talent but it was fantastic to simply pull up a chair in the church yard and relax; Valeria was Live Face-bragging for most of the recital. Really cool.

And then it was back to the boat for another night of Air Conditioned comfort!

Symi is a pretty town, built along the steep sides of the hills which surround the port.  None of the stark blue and white buildings we’ve been used to, here the colour scheme is far more subdued going for pastel tones in cream and white!    Symi is the nearest Greek port to Turkey and so is very busy with boats doing what we were doing.  The ferries ploughing back and forth set up quite a surge in the narrow confines of the harbour which makes it rather uncomfortable, alarmingly so sometimes.    Our idea is to stay another day to look around the town in day light before moving on to explore some of the bays around the coast.   Then we will embark on our journey westwards through the Southern Cyclades to the Peloponnese and on to Cephalonia for September.

Bozburun

We had an uneventful 3 hour trip from Selimiye round to Bozburun on Saturday morning.   We planned to stay in Bozburun on Sunday to have look around before clearing Turkish Immigration on Monday morning on our way back to Greece.

Bozburun Bay has numerous anchorages around it but anecdotal evidence suggested we’d need to be in the port so that Customs could come and check the boat if they wanted to.

Bozburun is only a small place and when we arrived there was one gap in the corner on the quay just a bit bigger than we were. Happily the wind was very light and we manoeuvred ourselves alongside very nicely and paid to stay for two nights. We also paid our 70TL pump out charge.

Bozburun was once a ship building and sponge fishing centre. The sponge fishing is long gone but the ship building is still going and the local yard builds gulets; the prime industry now seems to be tourism. It is a small, busy place and had little to really recommend it to us other than a Customs and Immigration post!

We had a couple of meals in the harbour front restaurants, bought a few bits and bobs and enjoyed the electricity which meant we could run the A/C all night; it was rather warm, although probably not by current UK standards!

Leaving Turkey was a bit of a saga. As with our arrival in Bodrum you need an Agent to conduct all the paperwork to ‘check out’ of the country, although the system does seem to be set up solely to create the role of Yacht Agent for locals to earn money conducting the paper shuffling, scanning, photocopying and rubber stamping. However on this occasion the cost was a mere €40.

Bozburun harbour, looking at the Customs Berth

The Agent then took us along to the Harbour Master’s Office.  Here we had to wait while He finished His breakfast on the balcony of His office looking out over the sweating mortals below awaiting an audience. However; it transpired that we weren’t actually to be admitted to His presence. He only had to rubber stamp the rubber stamps on the aforementioned photocopied documents. This was a bit of a relief to be honest as we were in our scruffy sailing garb and hardly attired appropriately to be admitted to His presence! Immigration was simple, two more rubber stamps and then the Agent then told us we’d have to move onto the Customs jetty.

When you consider that Bozburun harbour is 100 by 131 metres (as measured from the chart plotter) I was firstly surprised that there was room for a Customs jetty, and secondly that we would need to move the boat 100 m along the wall to it! But rules are rules and so we let go, manoeuvred along the line of 12 moored boats, dropped our anchor and reversed onto the Customs jetty and tied up. As soon as we got there the Agent handed me the Ship’s papers back and said we could leave! She had sat on the quayside and watched us move! If she’d walked to us she’d have been back in her air conditioned office practising with her rubber stamps about a half hour sooner!

So we left Turkey.   And to be honest we have been slightly under-whelmed by the visit. The high point was visiting Zeynep in Bodrum, the ruins at Knidos and one or two pleasant anchorages, the low points which will sour our memories were all the rip off Agency fees and officialdom.   I think perhaps we spent too little time here to make all that worthwhile, only 3 weeks, which isn’t really long enough to get the feel of a place.   We left finding ourselves looking forward to returning to Greece; as we crossed into Greek Territorial Waters I could almost smell the Cheese Pies!

Selimiye

Our next destination was to be Selimiye about 7 miles from Kuyulu Bükü.  Zeynep’s guide  suggested 1 or 2 days here and as the wind was forecast to be uncomfortably strong from the west until the weekend we figured we’d follow her advice.

Again the PB info was dated and we did a tour of the bay looking for a mooring spot.  The bay is very deep until close in shore and so anchoring free was going to be difficult as those spots were taken.    All of the quayside was full, most of the jetties too; I figured the empty jetties were empty for a reason.  We wanted to be close to the town and so we found ourselves a spot in the south east corner of the bay, anchored and took lines ashore.

Although crowded Zeynep’s advise was good.  We went ashore a couple of times for wander and a couple of meals and enjoyed both.  Selimiye seems to be a Turkish holiday resort and the vast majority of the boats in the bay appeared to be Turkish, the gulets obviously disgorged large numbers of people but over all it was a quiet, peaceful place..

Selimiye from the Poseidon Restarant
Selimiye from the Poseidon Restarant

We were tucked out of the way close to the Poseidon Beach and Yacht Bar, close enough for their Internet which was better 100 m off than it was sitting on their jetty.    We asked about mooring on that and were told the last ‘guest’ had run his AC continuously, overloaded the electricty supply and nearly burned the hotel down.  Possibly an exaggeration but no is no!  But the staff were nice and the food was good and anchoring cost us nothing but some fuel to run our AC a couple of times!

Seliemiye was once a small fishing village but has grown with the tourist trade and it was a pleasant place to spend a couple of days swiming and relaxing.   We’re not sure if the forecast winds blew or not as the bay appears very well sheltered and we aim to leave for Bozburun on Saturday morning as originally planned.

Hisarönü Körfezi

Hisarönü Körfezi is the Gulf which lies south of the Datça Peninsula.  It was suggested that we visit some of the bays and coves there as we made our way round to Bozburun.

Leaving Datça on Monday, 30 July, we were headed for an inlet called Bençik about 20 mlies east.   In antiquity the Knidians planned to dig a canal across the peninsula at this, it’s narrowest point, as a defence against the Persians.  They sought the advice of the Oracle at Delphi and were told that if Zeus wanted another island, he’d have made one.   No canal was dug, the Persians arrived, Knidos fell and the Oracle carried on oracling.

But when we got there it was rammed full of gulets!   Also in the Pilot Book it made mention of sharks breeding there and although the book was published 10 years ago, touchingly the Captain didn’t want her Crew Guy eaten by sharks whilst swimming our lines ashore ……. we passed on by and instead stopped in a bay a few miles further on called Kuyulu Bükü.  This was quite busy but we tucked ourselves into a corner and spent the night anchored.

Kuyulu Bükü
Kuyulu Bükü

On Tuesday we set off for Keçi Bükü, or what is known as Girl Sand Beach.    Zeynep highlighted it on her maps and according to the Pilot Book ‘Keçi Bükü is a gem‘.  Unfortuneately ‘was a gem’ would be more accurate.    The 10 year old Pilot Book and Zeynep’s childhood memories are, sadly, just that.      The feature of the bay is a 300 m sand bar dividing the bay in half.  The PB describes it as ‘a long sand bar, just under the water, which does not always show up well.’    We had no difficulty identifying it as soon as we entered the bay.  I thought it was the site of a ruined jetty, but the jagged wooden posts turned out to be herds of tourists wading waist deep along the sand bar.   The inner end of the bay is now full of jetties and yachts and after we’d finally managed to get our anchor to set (took 3 attempts) we decided to go back to Kuyulu Bükü!

Kuyulu Bükü. Idyllic by comparison to Girl Sand Beach !!!!

It was only 4 miles between the two so we were back by mid afternoon and anchored in our previous corner, too shallow for the gulets, and I went ashore for a walk.  There is a rough road down to the sea and I followed it for just over a kilometre looking for views over the bay.  Being heavily wooded there weren’t that many but it was pleasant to wander through the woods as the sun went down.

Our next destination is Seleimiye, a large and sheltred bay on the south side of Hisarönü Koyu, where plan to spend a couple of days before getting to Bozburun.

Knidos

The ruins at Knidos are those of the city which flourished between the fourth century BC until the 8th century AD.  Prior to the foundation of the city the Knidians were a wealthy and successful people dedicating temples in Delos; theirs was the first all-marble temple in Greece.

For a description of the site and its history I found this site to be one of the best reads.

View from the amphitheatre across the old comercial harbour
View from the amphitheatre across the old comercial harbour

We got a cab there and back which gave us an hour and a half to walk around the site.  This is not enough to see everything but on a baking hot day you can get an idea of the scale of the place.  Our original plan of an overnight stay in the harbour would have been fantastic, I could have spent all day there!

Trireme Harbour

The city was built around an isthmus leading to a rocky head land which sheltered two coves, converted into harbours, one military and one commercial, and was vast.  It is only partly excavated and so there are a large number of unidentified piles of rocks.    But fascinatingly under some of the piles you can make out the basics of what used to be there.   We have visted a lot of archeological sites but this is the rawest one,

The front of what used to be the Corinth Ian Temple
Fallen carving from the Corinthian Temple

One striking feature of the site is the sheer volume of red clay pottery sherds originating from roof tiles, pipes and pots; the paths around the site are carpeted with them.

Piles of salvaged tiles and pipes

It was a fantastic site and one I would have loved to spend all day wandering round; perhaps another time.   But now the rest of the pictures.

Temple of Dionysos, later converted to a church
The Stoa
The Stoa. Numerous small shops and storage spaces beside the temple
Sections of portico from the Stoa
The Amphitheatre
Main Street

Christian church adapting earlier building

The Round Temple
View across the Temple of Dionysos and the two harbours

 

 

 

Datça

Sunrise after the Blood Moon
Sunrise after the Blood Moon

We left Mercincik early on Saturday morning to get ourselves round the end of the Datça peninsula before the westerly winds picked up.   Our original plan had been to stop for a night in the ancient harbour of Knidos and visit the ruins then go to Palamut,then Datça, but we needed to get our black water tanks pumped out so had to head straight for Datça.

We had put the fishing line out, more in hope than expectation and as we passed the headland which is the site of Knidos we caught a nice big tuna!   We had a quick look at Knidos then headed off again, with the line out thinking we might get another tuna.   We didn’t.   In very short order we snagged a rather large sword fish, over a metre long and a good 9 or 10 kilos.  Most effective fishing day ever!!

We got into Datça at about 1 pm to find the quay virtually full.  We found a gap but when we’d tied back were told it was a trip boat berth, although we could stay for a few hours to shop.  Happily, as we returned to the boat a spot opened up on the town quay quite close to the ‘Pump Out’ station so we quickly moved along there.  The price here for pumping out is 70TL, 1/6th of the rip off rates in Bodrum.

Old Datça
Old Datça

Once settled we took a cab up to the old village of Datça.   Until recently this had been on the verge of abandonment, but is now being gentrified.   The old buildings house numerous craft shops and assorted restaurants and a number of new buildings are going up, built in keeping with the ‘rustic aesthetic’, which look likely to house apartments, shops and eateries.  It is a quaint place and good that it has a new lease of life.

Valeria then found us a Trip Advisor restaurant in new Datça which turned out to be a kebab shop serving variations on Kofte and Liver.  It was no frills but it was away from the tourist areas, the food  was simple and good and the Trip Advisor recommendation accurate.

North Bay, new Datça

Datça is another rather modern looking town which is pretty quiet during the day but is very lively at night.   Obviously a tourist destination, it is a port of call for gulet cruises and has a night life to match.

Tomorrow we are going to visit Knidos before continuing further into the Hisarönü Körfezi on Monday.

Gokova Körfezi

Having dropped Zeynep and her family off on Monday evening we went to Kale Koyu, the bay to the east of St Peter’s Castle to anchor for the night before setting off around the coast of the Gokova Körfezi or Gokova Gulf which lies between the Bodrum and Datça Peninsulas. We plan to spend 3 or 4 days visiting some picturesque, isolated bays on our way around to Datça.

13th century technology / 21st century technology. Super yacht Adastra anchored in front of St Peter’s Castle

Our first night was spent in Cökertme, 20 miles west of Bodrum. There is a small village there, with jetties belonging to the restaurants but we anchored and used our long lines to tie up to the rocks. I bought a couple of heavy duty webbing lifting strops to use with these lines and am more than glad I did. The rocks in Cökertme are razor sharp and would have destoyed our ropes but had little effect on the strops.

It is easier to swim ashore with the ropes

We spent a restful afternoon under our awning and a peaceful evening watching the moon rise over the bay and left Cökertme on Wednesday morning.

We sailed most of the 15 miles to Akbuk Limani a big, reputedly picturesque, bay where we figured we might spend the night but found the beach obscured by beach umbrellas and sunbeds, a host of trip boats and a jetty full of yachts. We turned around and headed for the next point on our itinerary, two islands on the south coast of the Gulf called Castle and Snake Island a mere 5 miles away. Castle Island has some ancient ruins on it and is also home to ‘Cleopatra’s Beach’, thought to have been built by her for Mark Anthony and apparently the sand is typical of that found in Egypt!

South east corner of Castle Island

Disappointingly Castle Island was rammed full of trip boats so we headed off to Söğüt a few miles further west, now on the north coast of the Datcha Peninsula.

Söğüt has a small village with restaurants, a yacht club and a couple of busy jetties. The only places shallow enough to anchor free were taken so we had to anchor close to a small beach and tie back to some trees. It had been a relatively busy day with lots of down wind sailing, even having the Cruising Chute up for a few hours, so it was really pleasant having dinner being serenaded by cicadas and then watching the moon rise again over the trees behind us.

Anchored in Amazon Creek

On Thursday we set off for ‘Amazon Creek’, so called because the dense trees crowd down to the shore of the little inlet giving it a ‘jungle feeling’.    Not sure about that with a sign post advertising a cafeteria within 500 m and a beach bar on the small beach on the west shore, but Amazon Creek is far easier to say than Küçük Gunluk Köyü! We arrived at lunch time and found just two other yachts there leaving space for us to anchor in the middle of the inlet. I went ashore for a walk along the coast and then in search of the cafe.

Coast south of the Creek

It turned out to be the Club Amazon, originally a camp site but now offering ‘glamping’ chalets – their description. It is at the side of the small creek that feeds into the inlet and ‘glampers’ could either walk the 500 m to the beach through the woods or paddle there in one of a fleet of plastic canoes.

Club Amazon
The Creek

I had a well deserved beer after my 3 km stroll, then went back to the boat for a swim. Once the sun went down and the glampers left the inlet was utterly quiet, even the freezer sounded loud. There was no wind, not a ripple on the water and once the moon rose the inlet was all silver black shadows and reflections in the water. It was beautiful and we could happily have stayed another day just to enjoy the solitude.

Amazon Creek in the morning

On Friday, 27th, we had a 6 hour passage to the bay at Mercencik at the western end of the Datcha Peninsula where we hoped to watch the ‘Blood Moon’ eclipse.    We set off early, primarily because we were woken but the battery low voltage alarm and arrived in the early afternoon and anchored off what the Pilot Book describes as a hamlet.  This is a bit of an exaggeration but the buildings are very picturesque and whole bay is delightful, an ideal spot for watching the eclipse.

The hamlet at Mercencik

The bay is surrounded by olive groves and has big signs along the beach saying you are welcome to walk along the shore but don’t light fires or go into the orchards. We had lunch and a swim and then settled down on the bows to watch the eclipse. By the time the moon topped the mountains it was a thin crescent and we sat there as the crescent disappeared and the moon turned more orange than red – when viewed through binoculars Valeria decided it was the colour of the perfect Paõ de Queijo! (small round Brazilian cheese bread)

Sunrise after the Blood Moon

And that was our last night in the Gulf of Gokova. On Saturday we plan to be around the end of the Datcha Peninsula before the wind picks up. Hopefully by then we will be south of the peninsula heading east with the wind behind us.

Visiting with Zeynep

Visiting Bodrum was always on our schedule and it was an added bonus that Zeynep could be there at the same time; she has absolutely made our visit here.

Apart from showing us Bodrum, Halicarnassus and Gümüslük we spent some great evenings doing totally non touristy things.

Gumbet at sunset

There are a series of ruined windmills on the headland that divides Bodrum from Gumbet. So at sunset we took a bottle of wine and three straws up there and watched the sun go down over Gumbet.

On Friday evening we were invited to her parent’s apartment for dinner; the view from their balcony is wonderful.   Her parents  speak as much English as wé speak Turkish but it was a lovely evening.   After dinner we walked down to the local shopping centre and watched a concert over a couple of drinks.

Demir, Hande, Sarp and Firat

On Monday we took Zeynep and her brother’s family for a day out on the boat to a local beauty spot known locally as ‘The Aquarium’ an hour from Bodrum.    We spent the afternoon swimming, having a BBQ and messing about in the tender.

They had a really good time, so much so that her nephews, aged 5 and 9, want to sell their grandparents apartment and buy a boat.  We got back to Bodrum and went to the fuel jetty to  take on some nice cheap Turkish diesel, about €1 a litre, and say our farewells to Zeynep.

It has been great to see her again and without all the time she spent showing us around we would have left Bodrum rather unimpressed.  We loved meeting her family and it was just a shame Steve had to work and couldn’t join us.

 

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Reunited!

It has been over a year since I last saw Valeria, Chris and Windependent so I was excited when we landed at Kos airport around midnight. Kos Marina yacht club was quite busy still. I have been greeted with prosecco and after catching up went to bed around 3am. Stephen was not able to come with me this time due to his meetings but I was not alone in my cabin! My accompany was very handsome and a gentleman.

Gentleman in my cabin

I could not take photos of Windependent at night while carrying two bags but I did first thing in the morning. Still beautiful..

Windependent at Kos Marina

We checked out at Kos and checked in at Bodrum Marina which took a while, and stepped on land around 5pm the next day. I showed the centre of the town to Valeria & Chris, we sorted out a SIM card for them and I went to see my parents in the evening.

I wanted Valeria and Chris to have the best experience possible so I prepared an itenary for the next few days. We visited the soaks, places serving nice food, farmers market, historical places (unfortunately the castle was closed due to renovation but we have been to the ruins of Halicarnasus mausoleum, amphitheater,mindos gate and tombs around), windmills between Bodrum and Gumbet for the best views on the peninsula, Gumbet ( I could not convince Valeria and Chris to party!), my parents’ house for dinner and ancient city of Myndos (Gumusluk as it is called today). I love Bodrum but it used to be so much nicer before it became so touristic. Best time of Bodrum is when people go back and the temperatures are lower (May or September, October). Now flights from London are so expensive in July and August thus I fly to/from Kos or Rhodes if I visit my parents in summer- also because I love Greek islands and meeting locals there.

Approaching to Bodrum
Approaching to Bodrum Marina
At amphitheater. Valeria avoiding sun 😉 Castle and Black Island at the background- beautiful!
Views that I love very much! From my parents’ house.
Valeria & Chris listening live Turkish music – part of cultural introduction 😉
Windmills between Bodrum and Gumbet
Sunset from the windmills, overlooking Gumbet bay.
Ancient city of Myndos ( Gümüşlük)
Rabbit Island in Gumusluk. Under the water are the stones of the walls of the ancient city Myndos. The island is now fenced to prevent people walking on it due to ongoing excavation work. I heard rabbits are transferred to mainland ;).
On the way back from Gumusluk after 4days of sightseeing- no they were not dripping 🙂

On their last day before leaving Bodrum, Valeria and Chris invited us to Windependent. They were brilliant hosts and we had a wonderful day. My nephews Sarp and Demir truly loved Windependent . Demir said ” aunty it is great here! We can swim and jump, we eat burgers and ice cream, can we come here everyday?”. On the way back home Sarp asked whether we can sell the house and buy a boat ;). They were both on cloud nine. Valeria and Chris have been amazing hosts while having kids on the boat, we are all grateful.

Demir, Hande, Sarp & Firat
Aquarium bay
Barbecued halloumi- yummy!
Demir & Sarp enjoyed themselves lots and lots! 😉
Swimming time
On duty!
At the end of a great day 🙂

We left Windependent while Valeria & Chris were getting fuel in Bodrum for the rest of their trip. I prepared some maps for them showing the nicer bays on their route. It would be great if I could join them but just by coincidence my brother and his family are on holiday at the same time and I decided to join Valeria and Chris later on again with Stephen- I left a cigar that I bought from Cuba for Chris and I will go back to smoke the cigars together.  I am still very happy and of course jealous ;). Can’t wait to get my day skipper certificate and eventually anchor next to Windependent with our own boat ;).

Best I could do without a laptop and a printer 😉
With Chris’s encouragement now I am considering to write a Turkish coast pilot book :))

 

Sailing south ….

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