Are you still here?
I have been to Uzbekistan and Australia and still managed to post. But this past week I have been on a boat in the south of Turkey and not managed it at all. No wi-fi, no nothing. I am just crossing my fingers that all is still well in the wonderful blogosphere and you are all still out there!
And what was this boat trip you may like to know. Well, here it’s known as a mavi yolculuk or blue cruise due to the fabulous iridescent blue of the beautiful Aegean sea. You go from one enticing bay to another in a traditional wooden boat complete with masts and all. Every day you drop anchor at one or another and swim or maybe go ashore for a diverting trip as we did at Dalyan. We saw the famous caretta caretta turtles, rock tombs and an ancient site and played in mud baths. It is fabulous.
|this is how it is|
Of course eating and drinking play their part!
We had a very competent young cook called Nasuh. Every day he cooked two meals for 12 of us + 4 crew. There was also the small matter of breakfast…..
This was typically Turkish with the sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, white cheese and olives. My usual, in fact. Somehow they managed to keep the bread fresh on a daily basis because usually it turns to stone at the end of the day. But one of the delights of staying in these bays are the services provided by the little boats that zoom round the bigger boats and yachts.
Here is this local young woman who came up alongside us offering brownies she had made, cake and baklava, plus bread made by her sister and still warm. How could I refuse? It wasn’t particularly cheap: 5TL for one but never mind. The day before she looked more rakish in a little off-the-shoulder number but she still had her hat…
|tied up alongside our boat|
|special bread delivery!|
|it looked like this …|
Under the guidance of Nasuh, a BBQ was lit at the end of the boat. This fish is çipura or sea bream and he managed to grill and bring to the table all 12 simultaneously.They were delicious: moist and perfectly cooked.
|freshly grilled çipura|
Salads were simple but always fresh. At the beginning of the week he brought 36 kilos of tomatoes on board and such was his skill, he eked them out perfectly so at the end ie this morning, that was that: all gone.
|just a simple salad but always fresh|
There was also the ice-cream boat and then this old codger. I loved his boat: just look at the colours in this pic. He offered nuts: fresh almonds and also pistachios. Not cheap, 30TL for two bags of them. But we liked them with drinks so of course we bought them and they were worth every penny. He had figs from his garden so a couple of kilos of those were added….
|another boatside vendor …|
What a wonderful way to end the summer! Now we are back in Istanbul and it is a wrench.