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Thanksgiving Turkey

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While our Canadian friends are enjoying their Thanksgiving turkey we're enjoying our Turkish Turkey - and there is a great deal here to enjoy. It's October, but the blue skies, warm seas and cold beers are still enticing the bacon butty and bratwurst brigades from the north, and the all-inclusives are still pumping out margaritas and karaoke late into the night. However, this year's party is almost over and most hotels are getting ready to pull down the shutters. In Kas, (pronounced Cash) we were the only guests in this splendid 25 room hotel...
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We had a 50 seat restaurant, the swimming pool and private beach all to ourselves...
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Kas was at one time a quaint fishing harbour and it has managed to retain some of its charm despite a thick Germanic veneer, while Antalya, Side, Fethiye and Marmaris have all shrugged off their Turkish mantels and gone whole hog for the western tourists. Storekeepers and restaurateurs offer their specials in English and German and most prices are quoted in euros or sterling rather than Turkish Lira. However, the English menus aren't always easy to follow and we would like your help with a couple that stumped us...
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Dalyan is another place that has buckled under the weight of tourists. Its main attractions are natural mud-baths, the breeding beaches of the leather-back turtles and these elaborate cliff tombs carved several thousand years BC by the Lycians...
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Twenty-five years ago, we were led to believe by friend Joyce, Dalyan was a quiet backwater with a couple of B&Bs and a rowboat for visiting the tombs. Now it is a high-octane riverside resort with nearly three hundred tour boats racing noisily past the ritzy restaurants and waterfront hotels as they ferry tourists between attractions. Early-birds as usual, we took to the river before breakfast and had the place to ourselves. James even got to drive the boat...
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The rugged Mediterranean shore of Turkey is truly spectacular, with glassy turquoise seas fringed by pine clad mountains and precariously perched olive and pomegranate groves...
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In the past 6 days we've driven about 1,500 kms of coastline and stayed in a variety of hotels - all excellent - but our present abode takes the baklava. It is an elegant, if slightly garish, Ottoman residence which is as Turkish as they come - and we love it...

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Posted by Hawkson 12:34 Archived in Turkey

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It sounds so wonderful - but its not bad here. Today the sun is shining and its warm enough to have my back door open/ I am going to a pot luck on Coho Drive and we ARE having turkey and I made a pumpkin pie. and what the heck is stuffed wineblatter !!! love to you Jean

by Jean McLareln

I hope they got ALL the ticks out of the cow meat!
Love the coastline photos. Cheers, Kaye

by Kaye Thomson

And to think we'll have to settle for ye olde turkey bird, stuffing, gravy and mashed potats....can't hold a candle to ticked cow meat casserole!
luv
Sharron

by Sharron

Happy Thanksgiving! Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day on Gabriola. (not a cloud in the sky) Drumbeg was most spectacular. Enjoying your photos and the history lessons. Keep them coming.

by Ute

I was expecting Dalyan to have changed but I can truly say I am disappointed to hear you say just how much it has been ravaged. Boo hoo - the times they are a changin'......Love Joyce

by Joycie

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