For our getaway in June, we decided to head west, to see a new area of the world. We have spent a lot of time in Southeast Asia, but especially with it being summer and monsoon season, we were ready for a change of scenery. The fact that a new direct route opened up to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines, was another incentive for our destination. Humane hour direct flights are a rarity in Dhaka.
After our 8 hour flight to Istanbul, we caught a small hop down to Antalya, Turkey. Antalya is along the southwest coast, along the Mediterranean. From there, we drove to Olympos where we overnighted at the Orange Pension before meeting a boat the following morning for a small cruise at sea.
We were scheduled for a 4 day/3 night stay aboard a small gulet (sailboat) from Demre to Fethiye. Here is where the story heads south... So when we booked, we knew there was no a/c in the cabins. Upon checking the forecast, it appeared the temps would hold in the low to mid 80s during the day and high 60s at night. Sounded good, right? Well, when we arrived the temps were pushing the high 90s. And why wouldn't they be for us?!
It didn't take Chris and I long to realize that as beautiful as the picture seemed, it was going to get ugly quick. Avocet is just too mobile at a year old, having been
walking running for 4 months already, to stay subdued and content on the boat for long. That mixed with the high temps was a recipe for disaster. Had the girls been a few years older or had the boat been only us, we would have stuck it out. We knew either we would go or our crew mates would throw one or all of us overboard by the end of the trip. Our white flag of surrender was raised.
We enjoyed a few hours, a cool swim, a fresh lunch, some underwater ruins at Kekova, good conversation and a city stop before reluctantly disembarking the Blue Key. It was with heavy hearts that we left...
Odyssey Residence. A good pool and a/c that dipped under 18C was exactly what we were looking for. Gulet, we'll find you again in 5 years :)
We enjoyed days of swimming and playing, long naps, TV (don't have in Dhaka) and good food.
Avocet celebrated her FIRST birthday!!!
We met up with the boat in Fethiye... we left our stroller in the closet. For a few hours, we walked around Fethiye, getting tea, gelato and oranges. It was nice just to relax and feel normal out with the girls. We kept our scheduled flight and returned to spend another 4 nights in Istanbul (next blog).
(above with orange man and below with travel office girl - Avocet working her charm)
Southern Turkey could not have been more beautiful! We hope to return again!