Finally I take the time to write here… oh joy! Today I want to share with you my impressions about my first journey to Turkey, in May of this year. A very beautiful country, if you ask me! Let’s begin our tour by an excursion to the peninsula of Bodrum. I had the chance to be there right before the touristic season begins and the weather was just like I like it the most: 25 degree C and sunny.
Here is a view of Yalikavak, a peninsula in the peninsula, so to say. Very beautiful but not very authentic: this place used to be a typical fishing harbor but nowadays, the pier is mostly occupied by overly expansive yatches and so on. But still, the view and the water quality in the surroundings are stunning!
Traveling from Yalikavak out of the peninsula to North-east, though the whole Plateau of Milas, we landed in the antic city of Stratonikea. Once inhabited by ancient Greeks, the city was evacuated in the 70’s in order to allow a thorough study of the city’s history. We had the chance to be accompanied by a passionated guide, who explained us every place and its story in detail. So we learned Stratonikea has been a very important city for the region, having a parliament that negotiated and fixed the price of goods, like olive oil, milk, meat, leather… On the wall of the parliament are still lists of goods and the corresponding prices to read, like for a pair of sandals for example!
Back to the peninsula, we come to Bodrum, a touristic harbor. From the mountain in the back of the town, one can see Kos, a greek island.
Our accommodation in Bodrum was a private property, with a very beautiful garden and an amazing pool over the city with a stunning view… It is the first time I spent several days in a row doing… nothing but sit with a book at the pool!
Next time I will take you to Istanbul and its mosques … Stay tuned!
Photo credits: S. Eon for herthings, do not use these picture without asking me.