For dinner, we sailed to a docking area with an actual beach and a few restaurants called Hayit Buku.
It’s here that ice cream costs 30 cents and they serve the best rice-stuffed mussels that I’ve ever tasted.
We went from hanging out on the boat to hanging out in the port town. (Not even a town; it was super small, we were told maybe about 200 people live there.)
A couple of hours later we all returned to the boat to get ready for dinner.
….and then the “dingy” boat returned us to shore. Dinner was a group event on the beach.
They just kept on serving dish after dish of fresh, delicous seafood. I took breaks in between courses to sit on the beach lounges with my feet in the sand and my hand on my tummy.
Oh, I was so full!
The next day
Today was Marlo’s birthday. Birthday girl slept in a little and we sang to her when she joined us at the breakfast table. Like Allison, I think this is a fantastic way to spend your birthday!!!!!
Here we are, another day, another port.
…and another fantastic lunch (Turkish Sea Bass, today)!
Marie and Tim had a flight to catch and so our boat dropped them off today when we docked at the port of Ciftlik. Before that, we stopped in Knidos, and now we’re doing some more swimming at a port called Akvaryum, before our final stop when we return to the “big” town of Bodrum.
We’ll sleep in Bodrum tonight on the boat for the last time, and in the morning we’ll be on dry land for the rest of the trip, starting off with an early morning trip to see some ruins before heading off to Koray’s hometown.
Tonight, we’ll be celebrating Allison and Marlo’s birthdays and party in Bodrum. Koray tells us there’s a crazy club throwing a foam party tonight…. IF we can stay out that late and still make it up for an early morning tour. We may just have to power through the night! Anyway, we’ll see.
I’m a little sad to be ending this portion of the trip. The boat is pretty amazing, but I’m looking forward to the other adventures ahead of us.
But first… some more swimming in the Agean Sea! This time, I’m leaving my camera on the boat. I can see them pulling out the coffee and cookies for tea time — I’m off to have some more fun (sea and sun!) before our final port!