1475: A Flit
Tuesday 17th March
We woke planning to pay our dues and wander around Pirene and then over to Pamukkale, but you know what happens to plans! Danny and Lisa in their Landy with a tent on top, had decided that if Turkey were to follow other countries with travel restrictions and self isolation, they wanted to be already settled. They had rented an apartment just S of Antalya. David and Karen, thegreygappers.co.uk, were already installed in a hotel nearby as friends were supposed to have joined them for a golfing week. Given the chaos of borders closing, travel restrictions and the number of borders we would have to cross to get home … we had already decided to stay put in Turkey. If we are going to be in lockdown, we would rather be in the van than staring at brick walls and we would rather be in warmer climes … Spanish and Portuguese campsites were not allowing new guests, and some (Spain) were evicting travellers, so we decided to flit to a campsite near Antalya.
So the morning was not what was planned. We offered some money to the staff at Pirene for the use of the water but this was refused. But didn’t get to visit the site, time was marching on. Nice chat … a lot of Turks have a relative living in the UK. I rang several campsites near Kemer, but none were answering or open. Found one just S of Kemer. A long driving day – 8 hours across plains and with some roadside snow. The scenery in Turkey is BIG, especially after the immediacy of Crete. We tried a campsite just north of Kemer, he was willing to take us, but the entrance was far too tight for Jez. My German came in useful again … a chap at the ticket office to an empty beach car park was able to tell me of another campsite further south than the one I’d identified on the phone … a good back up.
We ventured onto a motorway for about 50Km, saving about 40 mins. Pleased we’d paid for the ANPR account. Roads on this main route were good.
We stopped driving at about 7.00 p.m. … Turkey is big! The campsite we are on is quirky and slightly on the hippie side. The owners (not sure who) and the staff were all at supper … a buffet. They kept it open for us and we were delighted not to have to cook. Quite a few residents have good English. One lady studied in Bristol Uni … she started with Marine Biology, but after a year switched to the Circus School. We stayed overnight in the entrance car park…
1476: Setting Up to Sit Pretty
Wednesday 18th March
A new fitness regime is in place. So after a run, I went in search of Enis, in charge of bookings. Not to be found, not up yet possibly, as here is very laid back. After our breaky, he was up and about. Good English too. He offered us the reduced rate of TL50, normally TL80, for a long stay. This is all of £6.30 per night, without electricity, so we’re happy. Buffet dinners get written onto a pad … and then when we leave they add it all up. I said we would pay every 2 weeks … don’t like owing money, especially as we could be here quite a while! Sorry Mum, I know I occasionally forget to pay you!
We are installed in our own garden. Views of snow topped hills. 1 minute walk to the bay. Toilet block within metres. Just a few of the resident 6 dogs and free range chickens visit us. CO2 are therefore chained, but this is not a problem as there are places to walk.
We took the bikes into nearby Tekirova. It looks as if it has not opened for the season … we could not even find a coffee shop. We did manage to find a few small supermarkets … I bought 5 ice cream cornets … cornetto style … all of £1.90, as 3 lads were making a fuss of CO2. They initially politely refused, but on being pressed, accepted with a schooled Thank You. They were feeding ice cream to a tiny puppy … don’t know if it actually belonged to one of them, but much better than tying firecrackers to its tail!
A few food purchases made and back home for slow cooked cuttlefish in red wine.
Our pitch. Just missing the chicken and dogs.
View of the estuary and just by us.
1477: Zero Spend Day
Thursday 19th March
Pilates morning after a lie in! One of the resident dogs attempted to join in! J’s second experience ever and a loooong time since the last, so he had to recourse for an early nanny nap. I got busy, grooming CO2, making Greek Big Beans stew, marinating chicken, filling Jez with water, laundry onto soak, sausage training CO2 and cleaning our shower block … another camper may have used it last night! cant have that!!! Woke J and led him on a walk over to an ancient site. As we approached, a man came out of the woods and ordered us back … it was closed. And, other than the campsite fee, we’ve not spent any money. Unusual for us!
BBQ … in love with this new battery fired gadget, courtesy of Karl and June in Crete … the batteries create an air flow through the coals so it is ready to cook in about 10 mins. Hardly uses any coals and super easy to clean. The air flow means you can control the heat too. Recommended.
Comfortable Oscar? Sunbathing!