Archive for December, 2014

Best laid plans, Kos wasn’t in the cards

We got up early to catch the ferry to Kos, but discovered there would be room to go over but not to return…. It did cross our minds to stay, but we didn’t come prepared. On a recommendation from a local restaurateur we jumped a bus and headed to Yalikavak. A 45-minute bus ride and we were there.

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I was expecting a smaller Bodrum and I was right as we walk to the NE. When we turned and walked the other direction we found not the million $ mile but the Billion $ 2 miles, the Pal Marina, http://www.palmarina.com.tr/.

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I have never seen boats like that before and rows of them. Most bigger then my house! Not only were the boats to the left a sight but the shops to the right. I’m not a fashionista but I did recognize Versace and Armani, I’m sure the rest were equality as exclusive. At this time of the year the place was abandon, but I bet any given summer day would have been a feast for the eye and camera! Maybe my cousin Diana and Marcus will be here for a short stay on their adventure and I can come join them for a few days.

My days here at Bodrum have brought to mind JB’s Beaches Boats Ballads and Bars epic collection of greatest hits. Sevtap said on our arrival “What is it about guys and boats?” at the time I said I don’t know, guessin’ that’s was a fib…….

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A few less footsteps the last few days…

Day three started with a tour of two small wineries, the first very close to Bodrum, Vinbodrum. Erhan and Fusun’s production facility was in their basement producing about 12 thousand bottles a year. We sat down with them and learned about their production techniques and tasted three different wines. From a rose with a snap, a blend that was soft and gentle, and the strong wild berry taste of the Syrah. The tasting was accompanied by home made borek made with wild greens from the local market. We were able to sneak a taste of the Chardonnay even though it wasn’t quite ready but tasted good!

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Our second visit was to Mehmet Vuran and his family’s small vineyard that grew table grapes. Mehmet keeps some grapes aside to make a very limited run of what I think were Zinfandels. We tasted a 2008 and a 2013. What a difference a few years can make. He doesn’t sell his wine, just makes it for himself and friends. We did ask if we could “buy” a bottle but he said he had only a small amount left. Our tasting was just about sharing some good wine and making new friends. Our visit ended with his brother leading us on a walking tour through the vineyards and telling us how he and his father had to be on guard at night during the crop peek to keep the wild boar from eating the grapes.

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I am by no means a wine guy, I know nothing about what make a $$$ bottle of wine vs a $ bottle. What I do know is when I’m in an amazing place with warm beautiful people making new friends, the wine always tastes better.

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Our day concluded with a visit to two small villages, Camarasi and Kurudere. In both cases we stopped the car and went for a walk. The villagers came out to ask if we were lost or needed help finding our way. Our first answer was “no” but the real answer was “yes”, but that would have taken to much time to explain. And it was better to be in the moment.

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Day four was a rest day. After a late breakfast we made every attempt to get lost in the maze of streets, alleys and passageways linking the residential area neighborhoods of the city. Hard to get lost with the pull of the Mediterranean Sea to the west.

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Our ambling lead us to the Zeki Muren Museum, he was a singer, composer, actor and painter. Loved by the Turkish people much like Elvis Presley was in the US. http://www.bodrumfun.com/zeki-muren-museum/

A very big voice for both traditional and contemporary music.

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Tomorrow to Greece, stay tuned…

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First 2 Days in Bodrum….

25 thousand steps, little over 10 miles so far (gotta love the iphone). The first nights dinner was not with out an outstanding view.

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We didn’t venture to far, both needed to see, smell, and hear the sea.

On our first full day we explored the Bodrum Castle, built in the 1400’s with a long history: http://www.bodrum-museum.com

This is an underwater archeology museum, most of the artifacts on display have been recovered from underwater ship wrecks from the area and they go into details about how the recovery is done. Pretty cool stuff.

Can someone please tell me why these containers didn’t have flat bottoms?

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As you would expect a Castle built to protect would also have great views.

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Anyone guess what this is?

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Seemed to be quite a collection, so assume they must be important.

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We finished the day with the # 1 restaurant so said Trip Advisory. Not only was it good but they do tours as well. Tomorrow we will be doing a custom wine, olive oil and village trip. He also offered us a boat cruse with a blind captain but we passed.

 

Here’s to the end of the first 2, 3 more to go!

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Greetings from Turkey

Well it’s my second trip to Turkey in three years. The first trip began my travels over the three years, more than I ever expected. Now back again, I’m here with a new eye, mind and heart. I am also a different photographer now, I am excited to see what this return trip reveals. New also this trip I will be doing a blog from each location with my thoughts, some images, and anything else I discover. BTW I’ll try to keep the food shots to a minimum! I wrote a lot on the first trip but mostly to family and friends, guess its not that different now probably only my family and friends read the blog anyways!

After a typically long flight, Tuesday was spent doing selfies during a walk through a familiar part of the city.

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I made some of my favorite images here three years ago. It was my last day and I remember I felt a sense of urgency. I wonder if that was the catalyst that inspired those images. I wonder if that’s why the camera remained hidden away in its bag. Guess we’ll see…

The last few days were peaceful with family and friends, some much needed rest and great home cooked meals. During some down time I was introduced to a very funny YouTube channel by my friend Derin : http://www.youtube.com/user/ERB “Epic Rap Battles of History”. Not intended for all ages but had me on the floor laughing.

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We did encounter some wildlife, but thanks to the bird whisper, Naz No one or animal was injured.

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On a walk to dinner last night I noticed the film industry alive and well in Istanbul, nice to see. Notice to the photo/film students, this is how you make daylight at night! Didn’t stop long enough to see if it was a commercial or a scene for a movie.

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Today off to Bodrum and see what new interesting sights, sounds and smells that will bring.

Devami gelecek…

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