Hi all Al and I've been busy with boat jobs. We sanded the eyebrow and decks and will let the sun work on the teak over the winter. We're planning on letting the decks go gray but will refinish the eyebrow. Al's been busy sewing new tabs on the hatch covers. The sun tends to rot things quickly. We had fun in Antalya at the opera "Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves" on Wednesday night. The voices were very good, the staging rather hokey, but a ticket was only 6 Turkish lira. (about $5) Tonight is St. Andrews night at the Navigator. We prepared for the occasion with Scottish dance lessons and singing this afternoon. So now we're ready for the festivities to begin. The Navigator is serving lamb casserole or pizza tonight. Then we'll sing and dance until our feet wear out. We got pretty hot dancing this afternoon in our clubroom So I don't expect it'll be much better in the bar :-> Happy weekend.
We had a busy fun weekend with Justin and Chris. They left early this morning to fly back to Chicago. Saturday we rented a car again and drove the coast road to Demre the birthplace of Santa Claus and the church of St. Nicholas. The church has excellent frescoes. Nearby Myra ruins has some of the best rock tombs and amphitheater we've seen. We stopped in Finike and went to the large Saturday market. The Kemer Quartet (also play for the Antalya Symphony) put on a delightful concert at The Navigator which was followed by a special dinner. They play cello, viola, oboe, and flute.
November 25, 2007
Sunday 68 people from Kemer Marina took buses to Chimera where escaping natural gas is permanently alight. During ancient times the fire was guided upwards to light a beacon to warn ships of impending danger. We stopped here for snacks while some people roasted hot dogs over the flames. Then part of the group headed back down the mountain while the rest of us continued on for another two hours. We climbed over a mountain, down into a gorge, forded a stream and climbed again finally reaching a road of sorts. Following this road we met up with the rest of the people from the marina for a trout lunch. The restaurant raises farm trout and serves an excellent lunch for just 6 Turkish lira (about $5) We got back to the marina about 2:30 so Justin and I decided to go for a swim. The water temp is still over 70's. Justin and Chris took us for a nice dinner at the Surfside another restaurant close to the marina. Today we will begin boat projects. We have lots to do before we come home in a couple of weeks.
Love Sally and Al
November 23, 2007
Hi all We hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and are enjoying leftovers today. I expect many went out Christmas shopping :-> Our turkeys were paraded around the dining room with lit sparklers before they were carved and served. We had wonderful food and a great time celebrating with Justin, Chris and our new friends at Kemer. Today we rented a car and drove into the mountains north of Antalya to Gulluk Dag National Park. Al saw a wolf or possibly a lynx (last refuge for them here)as we drove up the heavily wooded mountain road. It was much colder in the mountains than Kemer. We found frost on the ground when we reached the car park for the ruins of the ancient city of Termessos. The main buildings are a magnificent theatre, the defensive walls, the gymnasium, cisterns and baths, temples to Hadrian, Zeus and Artemis, rock tombs, and many sarcophagi. We hiked the mountainside and ruins for over 3 hours. We then drove to nearby Karain to visit a large cave that is believed to be continuously inhabited for over 25,000 years. Bone fragments of Neanderthal man were found here. We have a car rent again for tomorrow so we plan to head to the birth place of Santa Claus in Demre (Myra) near Finike.
Love Sally and Al
November 22, 2007
Happy Thanksgiving! Justin, Chris, Al and I went to Antalya for the day to do some sight seeing. Chris and Justin even went for a swim when we returned to Kemer. The Kemer Cruisers had a wonderful celebration organized by the Americans and catered by the Navigator staff. The restaurant was decorated by the cruisers. The staff had a Turkey Parade complete with sparklers of our Turkey's before they were carved. After dinner we had dancing too.