I travelled on a Friday afternoon, after dropping the kids off at school. I was a bit tearful but really, it was fine. A very chatty cab driver took my mind off all the things that could go wrong. I tend to catastrophise, if that's a word. You may call me a drama queen. Anyway, Glasgow taxi drivers are like that. If you need counselling but don't fancy the long NHS waiting times, have a ride on a Glesga cab! On the flight, too, I experienced pure Glasgwegian kindness. Ronnie from the East End was sitting next to me, chatting but not annoyingly so, insisting I wrap myself in his fleece when I was cold. I arrived late but not as late as my godmother, cousin and her son. We had agreed I would wait for them outside the arrivals hall, which I did, for 2.5 hours! It was ok, there was plenty of coming and going, WiFi and a good book. You know how, when you arrive somewhere warm, the warm air hits you the moment when you leave the plane? I love that first blast of heat. Of course it wasn't hot hot, it being late at night but still, it was lovely.
My godmothers apartment is about 40 min drive from Dalaman airport in a small town called Çalis, which is more or less a suburb of Fethyie, if you want to look it up on the map. Below is the view from my deckchair. The mountain range surrounding Çalis is quite impressive and I liked how clouds gathered around the mountains as the day progressed.
It was meant to be a relaxing holiday, and relaxing it was. I am glad that we didn't go on big adventures, like visiting cultural and historic sites or going on boat trips. I needed small joys for this holiday, for example food shopping (always exiting in a foreign country), visiting markets, exploring the neighbourhood on our bikes, walking up and down the promenade and relaxing with a book by the side of the pool or on the patio. We did this often. Sometimes with a G&T, other times with an amazing beverage called Ayran, which is ever so slightly salted liquid Turkish yogurt. It gets all frothy when spurting out of one of those machine thingies below, found in many restaurants and on the market. For home, you can buy bottles of the stuff. It is refreshing and quenches thirst beautifully.
Did you know that pomegranate seeds are most delicious in G&T? Pomegranates are in season just now, deliciously sweet and juicy. If only they were not so messy to eat! There are lots of YouTube videos to show you the least messy methods of opening the fruit. If one day, you are bored....
The local beach was only a couple of hundred metres away and there were amazing sunsets to be enjoyed. Having said that, the sunsets from outside the apartment were just as glorious. I like a good old sunset on the beach! Reminds me of the olden romantic days.
This beautiful bird was also exploring the beach.
Another day I saw this amazing ship sailing in the dusk. Mostly, boats motor along the coast and it is rare to see one sailing. Apparently, it is becoming more common due to the increased Diesel costs.
Çalis is a busy resort town with a promenade, beach cafes and a bustling High Street with the usual tourist traps. I'll show you this next time. There are many British tourists which is reflected in some of the advertisements found along the promenade. Not all of them make sense!
Did you notice that the Scottish Breakfast costs 50% more than the English one? On the other side of the promenade is a nice beach. It wasn't terribly busy, the season is coming to an end but I bet it is bustling in the summer.
One day we explored the neighbourhood on our bikes. I visited Çalis in 2008 with Richard, Sam and Annie (before James and Alistair came to live with us). We stayed in a small villa complex at the far end of the bay and I wanted to see it. I am a bit nostalgic. This beach café is where we used to come for refreshments. The café has changed quite a bit since then but the setting is still beautiful. I remember the café quite run down but it was a long time ago. It was rather quaint last week. I did briefly consider taking the seat cover with me!
I did also briefly wonder if the café would be a safe place in the rain.... these are the extension leads emerging from the sand, with multiple bare light bulbs at their end.
Do you fancy visiting Çalis? It is a nice place for a holiday. I remember it being very child friendly, too. Everybody in Turkey seems to like children.
Next time I'll show you some photos from the market! I hope you'll stop by for some amazing produce, and plenty of other merchandise, too.
Lots of love! Cx