"There's no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this." - Unknown
Friday, February 3rd - Marmaris water taxi
|Marmaris Yacht Marina Ferry Boat|
Thursday, February 9th - Market Day in Marmaris
|Having tea on the waterfront|
To get from our marina into town, there is a twice daily ferry shuttle (shown in the photo above), and regular mini-bus service. Thursday mornings are always busy as it is market day in town and we would provision for the week with all the fresh produce, olives, cheeses etc. To start the day and pass a little time, a favourite spot of ours is a little outdoor Turkish tea café near the ferry drop zone and which is always bathing in early morning sunlight. This morning we invite a group of friends to join us as we sit and drink tea at 50 cents a glass and enjoy the awakening day.
|Ush and Joel in front of a Turkish Gullet (boat)|
|Marmaris town waterfront without tourists|
This time of year, most waterfront cafes and shops are still closed up for the winter. Still, very pretty.
Monday, February 13th - Valentine Card making day
|Making Valentines cards at MYM|
In preparation for Valentines Day tomorrow, some of the ladies on the dock organized a huge card making session for the kids. Once all the cards were created, the ladies took the 'works of art' to the 'happy hour' later in the day. All the cards were on display at the pub for the cruisers to buy a card for their 'loved one'. This was such a wonderful idea as the kids earned money for their efforts and everyone received a card. Coincidentally, Sheila received a card made by Joel, which was purchased by Chris.
Thursday, February 16th - Bus trip to Mugla
|Colder in the mountains surrounding Mugla|
Today, a group of families makes a day trip by bus to the inland market town of Mugla (pronounced Moo-la). 'Market town' to us means that the town has a healthy economy that doesn't rely on the tourist trade. As the elevation of the town is much higher than sea level, it's correspondingly cooler. Here, some of the kids play with a floating piece of ice from a fountain. Monica, on the left, is from Australia and has barely seen anything frozen other than at the supermarket!
Mugla has many traditional houses and buildings from the Ottoman glory days that have been restored. This picture is taken in an interior courtyard of a building complex, from in front of the fountain in the previous picture.
|Gerrit trying for a part in the Turkish production.|
In the same courtyard, a Turkish film crew readies for a scene for some new production.
|Market day oranges|
Part of our visit today to Mugla, is to catch their big market day with vendors selling produce, clothing, tools, etc. - just about anything you could want. The freshly picked produce radiates in the gleaming sunshine.
|Philly drives a friendly bargain|
Friend Philly from s/v Kari negotiates in the market area with an old Turkish woman for something or other.
Wednesday, February 16th - Babysitting Willie the Cat
|Joel & Gerrit on cat-sitting duty|
Joel and Gerrit earn a little money over the winter cat-sitting. Meet Willie, a very healthy 'tom' from s/v Guardian. Willie is a heavy-weight when it comes to maintaining law and order with the (many) other cats on the dock and in the marina and we don't think he's lost a fight yet - usually doesn't even get to fighting when the other cats see Willie coming ... skidadle!
Joel and Ush do some day sailing in an Optimist
|Joel & Ush sailing about in an Optimist|
As you can tell, our boys have not been too hard done by. Between bikes, swords, opti's, kayaks and who knows what else, they have had a wonderful time.
Thursday, February 23rd - Kayak heaven with Gerrit and Cian!
|Kayaking fun in the sun.|
Marmaris truly does sit within spectacular scenery.
|Kids watching a movie|
It's nearing the end of our stay in Marmaris and the kids are spending maximum time together. Here a subset of the dock kids are watching a movie on board TIOGA.
Sunday, February 26th - Refinishing our teak table
|Chris re varnishes cabin table|
Once again our winter stop involved the completion of numerous boat projects....do they ever end?? Here, Chris is doing final preparation and sanding to our teak table before the coats of varnish begin to flow.
|Fresh varnish on cabinets.|
Sheila finishes the galley cabinets with fresh varnish.
With our Turkish visa running out on March 12th, we are in final project mode and beginning to watch the weather for a safe window to sail out of here on.
Monday, February 27th - Joel's 12th Birthday party
|Birthday party for Joel and all the MYM kids!|
|Happy 12th birthday Joel.|
Friday, March 3rd - Sahara Desert
|Sahara desert dust is a regular airborne pest|
Well, here we are into March and still being blessed with a wonderful winter. Typically the wind blew cooler air from the north for a few days, followed by a few calm days. Then the wind would switch and it blew from the south for a few days before repeating the whole sequence. A few times when a storm would blow from the south, we would wake up to a boat covered in red dust. Yes, directly south of us is the Sahara Desert in Africa, and storms can carry the red dusty/sand across the Mediterranean Sea to settle on us here in Asia.
Sunday, March 5th - Turkish camp
The mountain just west of Marmaris Yacht Marina has been a great addition to our winter. Being a natural reserve, it is tree covered and uninhabited, except for this little camp right at the base. We all enjoyed many hikes and get-a-ways on the mountains numerous dirt trails and wonderful vantage points.
Thursday, March 9th - The Last Supper!
|The Last Supper|
The time has come....tomorrow we will cast our lines from the dock of Marmaris. The weather forecast predicts a great sail across to the Greek island of Rhodes. We have some of the regular group our guys hang out with over for a final supper together. Later they enjoy one last movie, while the adults convene for happy hour farewells!
Great friendships have been made here in Marmaris. Young or old...we will remember our time here forever.
Friday, March 10th - Good bye kids of Marmaris
|All the kids say goodbye...|
L to R: Alistar, Jack, Brian, Monica, Ush, Gerrit, Joel and Cian - We will miss you all!
Good-bye Marmaris....and Turkey for that matter!
|Crew of s/v TIOGA checking out..|
A farewell scene similar to Seville last year and all the same mixed emotions. Happy to be underway and still the sadness of the hardest part of this lifestyle, saying good-bye.
|Backing out of our slip in Marmaris, bound for Greece|
Perhaps better yet is 'see you later' as one never knows when paths will cross again in this world that is much smaller to us now. We really are rich with memories of the wonderful people we have met along the way.
PS - Once underway, the idea of going out for pork souvlaki in Rhodes, Greece once we arrive is greeted well! Being in a Muslim country, we have not seen pork in months and it's sounding good just now.
Catch you in Log 46 as we head west back into Greece . Yiasu (Hello in Greek)!