Friday 20 August 2010

Day 30 – Turkey

Day 30 – Tuesday 10th August 2010 – Turkey

An early breakfast of Melon, cold meats, boiled egg, tomatoes and bread was eaten before walking to our boat near Dalyan’s Town Centre for a 9am launch.

Dalyan achieved international fame in 1986 when developers wanted to build a luxury hotel on the nearby Iztuzu Beach, a breeding ground for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle species. The incident created a major international storm when David Bellamy championed the cause of the conservationists. The development project was stopped, and the beach is now a protected area. Iztuzu was voted the best beach in the world in 1995.

 Life in Dalyan revolves around the Dalyan Çayı River which flows past the town. The boats that ply up and down the river, navigating the maze of reeds, are the preferred means of transport to all the local sites.

Above the river's sheer cliffs are the weathered façades of Lycian tombs cut from rock, circa 400 BC.

The 3 hour trip was very pleasant, the boat wasn’t full, enabling its passengers to manoeuvre around the vessel to try and capture that perfect photo. Travelling down River through the Reeds, past the Lycian tombs, the Captain steered the boat towards a well known Turtle hangout. Blue Crabs were thrown into the air to entice the Turtles to visit, with great success!

The boat continued on through the Reeds to Iztuzu beach were we had a brief stop before returning to the boat, and back to Daylan.

Loggerhead Turtles, a great morning feeding them off Daylan

What a great way to spend the morning!

Hand washing our clothes desperately needed doing in the afternoon. Washing clothes is a little harder on the road that it is at home. Dry bags are filled with dirty clothes and water, with a small amount of detergent added. The Dry bags are then emptied after a few hours have past, and the clothes are rinsed. Time to fit in a swim and some sunbathing was still found between all the washing, I still say that we could have found room in the back of Barnaby for a small Washing Machine!

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