Suitcase and World: Fethiye. Time to unwind.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Fethiye. Time to unwind.

ur time in Fethiye was delibrately planned with downtime in mind. With the exception of the paragliding we did in Ölüdeniz, Fethiye was all about relaxing with walks on the promenade along Fethiye Bay, shopping and of course, our favorite pastime - eating! It was just what the doctor ordered after a whirlwind time in Istanbul and Cappadocia.

After a week of wearing hiking clothes, Lei was glad to finally be able to get back into street wear!

Fethiye Bay is a pretty little bay - lined both with working boats and touring boats. There are also plenty of restaurants and shops to keep the eyes and tummy happy. Lei simply cannot resist the Turkish ice cream :-)

The Taurus Mountains serve as a backdrop for this tiny seaside town. Lycian ruins lie scattered on the hillsides. With Ephesus coming up on our itinerary, we skipped all chances to wander among the ruins in Fethiye. I did make Lei take a photo so that we could say that we had at least noticed them :-)

On our first night in town, we stumbled upon a local fish market where you can buy fresh seafood and for 5 lira, any of the restaurants that surround the fish mongers. The first night, we feasted on squid and shrimp - simply grilled over open flame. The second night, it was a repeat of the squid but this time, we had small sardines to accompany - again, simply grilled over open flame. We treated ourselves to some octopus salad and salad as appetizers - very tasty.

The weather in Fethiye was just luscious. Though it was cloudy and a bit chilly when we first arrived, the rest of the time was sunny and warm and surprisingly, not very humid. Dining under the open sky every night was so enjoyable.

On our last night in town, we decided to "glam" it up and treated ourselves to after dinner drinks in a local bar. We had a great time....that's all I will say ;-)

The next morning, we were back in our hiking clothes and on the bus to Selçuk. Our time in Fethiye was much too short.