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August 9, 2006 – A journey to Turkish Mediterranean Coast, Turkey in Middle East

Cruising On The Turkish Mediterranean

What do you get when you put a bunch of people who can't really communicate with each other on one gulet? An amusingly surreal ride.

Since Rick and I discovered that July and August are the absolute worst months to visit the Greek Islands due to high season along with high prices, and since we didn't want to be on an island or beach with every speedo and string bikini on the planet, we decided to go on a gulet cruise. So, we hopped on a 4-day, 3-night gulet ride. The gulet would cruise through a part of the Turkish Mediterranean from Olympos to Fethiye.

Highlights included sitting at the bow of the gulet (especially during a bumpy ride), swimming in a clear, blue dead sea (hardly saw any fish, coral, etc.), seeing ruins on the way, meeting a couple of cool Australian gals, partaking in Turkish belly dancing with the Turkish people on board (seems like all Turkish people know how to belly dance – even the men), observing a French male couple from Rick's blunt comments about Zidane and Celine Dion, and watching a dance-off between a Turkish belly dancer and a Spanish flamencoest.

Note: book with critically acclaimed Olympic Yachting or any other agency listed in Lonely Planet Turkey.

Some pics from the four days:

gulets at sea

partial ruins of the Sunken City of Kekova

a Byzantine Ottoman castle at the top of boat-only-accessible island of Simena

an evil wall in a wall of a house in the cute seaside town of Kas

looking into the cove of Oludeniz (aka, the Blue Lagoon – better view by paragliding I've heard)

ruins on top St. Nicholas Island

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