Friday 5th – Sunday 7th June 2020
We predominently settled ourselves into the apartment and discovered a few bars. We’ve found a good ice cream parlour in the centre. And the cheapest place to buy wine! A few walks along the coast. It is pretty hot, so any running is getting earlier and earlier.
Our favourite is the V Bar, which happens to be just at the end of our road! They do a reasonable Marguerita … say no more!
Danny and Lisa, who we first met wild camping on a beach near Ephasus and then saw a fair bit of when we were on the lockdown campsite, caught us up as they move more slowly around the coast. They stopped over on the apartment sofas, after a few drinks out and then a takeaway meal in. Really good to see them, and we know we will see them again, either here in Turkey or back in the UK.
The complex pool. Karen and I had a dip and had a welcoming committee … wanted to know where we are from and where did we quarantine. All this in German, but the chap brought along a grand daughter with school English in case neither of us spoke German. I think they were reassured, but the people in the neighbouring flat have been complaining … can understand with UK infection rates, why people are concerned.
1558: Bafas Lake
Monday 8th June 2010
We booked a hire car for one week … good that it allows 3 of us to drive it at no extra cost. We had a choice of a diesel or petrol, but chose the slightly cheaper petrol on the basis that it had more scratches and dents and we would be putting CO2 into it. Needless to say, the dogs stayed behind when we went to the office to do the transaction!
Picked up the car and then collected Karen and CO2 … destination Bafa Lake. Interesting as it is 70km2, so big. And it is both saltwater (as salty as the Dead Sea) and fresh water. Fish have to be able to live in both.
Car hire for a week. A saloon, so Oscar is in the front foot well and Corrie spread out between two of us on the back seat!
Lots of ancient remains of Herakleia scattered around a rural village.
Great lumps of rock.
Little Black from the village joined us on our walk … camouflaged in the mud!
Gilt head bream, one of my favourites … might have been out of the freezer given the lack of visitors to the area but super tasty.
We had a mid morning snack here and lunch … a superb view of the lake and breeze through the open doors – I goosebumps from being too cool … a novel feeling.
1559: Labranda & Milas Market
Tuesday 9th June 2010
Getting to Labranda was an interesting drive … there seem to be quarries either side of it and trucks bombing up and down every minute … a lot of pulling over to the side of the narrow road. It was a long climb (in the car!) of 610m up, but worth it. It is thought it became and ancient site due to the spring water and the cleft in the rock said to have been caused by the war like Zeus’ axe.
Zeus must have quite a temper to split this rock. Someone had kindly cleared all the long grass and obviously intend coming back to collect the bales.
The source of the sacred spring … guess this makes Oscar a saint?!?!?!
Next stop was Milas, as we have been told about the HUGE market there. Disappointing as it was pretty much all fresh produce … we had hoped to find handicrafts and Turkish baggy trousers.
Whilst we stopped for a snack lunch, a cake delivery …. so beautiful. Really think we should buy one just to see if they taste as good as they look.
We settled with chocolate eclairs … James wore his!
1560: Bodrum Under Refurnishment
Wednesday 10th June 2010
To avoid the heat, for us, but more so for the dogs, we set off at 0700hrs!!! Gulp!!!! Having parked, we walked along the marina which is in the process of been refurnished and found somewhere for breakfast … mine was two eggs with feta cheese. Durning a wander around the shops in small lanes, I found a ‘trendy’ pair of harem pants for Maddy … needless to say they were 4 times the price of the ones I had bought at the local lockdown campsite market!
The Marina and Bodrum castle. David is selecting his boat.
St Peter’s Castle is also being renovated, so we only had access to about 50%. Started in 1406 by the Knights of St John, it has time as a prison and was shelled by the French in WW!.
Numerous ships dating back from C10 foundered nearby and were excavated and some actual timbers recreated as a ship … but most of the Underwater Shipwrekcs Museum was closed to us. Just this display of amphora which probably held wine.
K&D have now been told they are Dog Parents should anything happen to J and I!
The Mosque turned church.
Looks like the Mouth of Truth in Rome. J still has all his fingers so he can’t have lied!
He might have his fingers, but he lost some hair! A £4.05 incl. tip – hair chop, flames around his temples, & ears, nose hair trip and cologne.
1561: Notary Nonsense
Thursday 11th June 2010
Back into Milas to get a document notarised. We want to give Power of Attorney to a Cretan accountant so he can sort Tax Numbers and bank accounts with a view to sorting our Greek Residency. Hung around for a bit and met up with the translator … but not going to happen as we first need a Turkish Tax Number. Grrr. Not to worry … it looks as if the Turkish / Greek border may be open on the 15th. Fingers crossed for that. A lazy and admin jobs afternoon.