Dalyan Delta and Lycian Tombs

Ilyas Kaplan from Sanem Tourizm took us on our very own boat, from Ekcinik Koyu, to the Dalyan Delta.  Ilyas dropped us off for a tractor ride up to Caunos, after our walk through the ruins, he collected us and we went on to the town of Dalyan for lunch and a visit to the market.

Boating through the reeds
Boating through the reeds

I am sure Dalyan is a lovely town nine months of the year but in the heat of August, we strolled rather languidly around the ‘market’, which was tourist trap central. We thought it better to spend our time eating mezes in a waterfront cafe. Actas. While watching all the river boats, we considered going to the thermal baths with the other thousands of tourists that were now pouring in from the Lake and even on tours by road or boat from Marmaris, Gocek and Fetiyhe, but the sheer numbers kept us in the restaurant with baklava.

Big Flag, Frosty, wouldn't you say?
Big Flag, Frosty, wouldn’t you say?

From Actas Restaurant, the Lycian Tombs were directly above us.  The Lycian Tombs were tombs created high on the cliff with an edifice that looked like a temple, a house or a pigeon hole. Ilyas said the large temple tombs were known to be the tomb of a Prince but it seems all the Lycians were practitioners of ancestor worship. The tombs are amazing, such a romantic setting which set our imaginations racing.

Lycian Tombs, Dalyan
Lycian Tombs, Dalyan – Temple tombs
Pigeon Hole Tombs
Pigeon Hole Tombs

We boarded the river boat once more and headed back down to the Turtle area, where we collected our freshly cooked crab for a return trip snack and then off to the sand bar for a swim.

Turtle feeding station in the morning, selling crab in the afternoon.
Turtle feeding station in the morning, selling crab in the afternoon.

From the morning’s almost deserted journey, now there were hundreds of people at the sand bar beach.

Sand Bar Beach Party near Turtle Beach
Sand Bar Beach Party near Turtle Beach

 

Returning to Ekincik
Returning to Ekincik

Now this story has been in two parts, most people would have gone back to their boat and had a quiet little drink.  We all know Blue though, we went to dinner and Blue asked how something was cooked and before you know, he is there offering advice to the chef.  They just told him to cook it.

Ekincik Celebrity Chef
Ekincik Celebrity Chef

 

At long last, a blog post

We have been travelling for a month and first we were so busy with friends and family in the States, we didn’t blog.  Recently, when we tried to blog, WordPress was having problems. Today we have had the information and time to get back on track.

Gruz Harbour and Islands off Dubrovnik
Gruz Harbour and Islands off Dubrovnik

We arrived in Dubrovnik on the 30th  April to the news to Mercier was going to be held up in getting back into the water.  Up to ten days was the likely new timetable, but luckily there were some Poms who were desperate to get their boat into the water and they persuaded ACI to get both yachts into the water on Sunday, when they wouldn’t be working on the hard stand.  They literally had to dig a channel out with the bobcat, so Mercier could motor through.

Second attempt at excavating, after we touched on initial launch
Second attempt at excavating, after we touched on initial launch

We had a few days to get organised and then we left for a night at Calypso’s in Polace on Miljet and over to Ubli on the island of Lastovo, where we checked out of Croatia and sailed across to Vieste, Italy on Wednesday.

The island of Lastovo is one of the most westerly points of Croatia and we spent our last night in a tiny cove with a submarine bunker on a perfectly quiet night, not even a wave against the hull.

Vieste, Italy was a lovely, if long,  day sail from Lastovo, almost entirely without use of the engine.  If Lastovo had been quiet, Vieste was lively with the feast of Mary of the Merino being celebrated and the whole town out for the procession of the statue of Mary.

Celebrating the feast of Mary of the Merino
Celebrating the feast of Mary of the Merino

The next day, we started our Italian provisioning strategies in Vieste. We circumnavigated the entire town looking for Sim cards, cheese, spices and wine.  The Fornaio or bakery rivaled any on Arthur Avenue, tremendous bread from old large woodfired ovens.

Gargano State Park, north Vieste
Gargano State Park, north Vieste

The day was beautiful and we saw a sign offering Spritz by the sea, James and I understood at once, Spring was in the air and the season was starting.

Time for a Spritz
Time for a Spritz