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Update Seventeen – Kas, Antayla and Cappadocia, Turkey

Once we decided that the hike was over we had a few more places in mind that we wanted to visit while in Turkey. Since the hike ended in the small mediterraean city of Kas, we decided to stay. On recommendations from the guest house manager we headed by bus to Kaputas beach, lying below the cliff a small pebble beach with crystal clear waters, still early in the season so the water was cold but not many people around….pretty great!

Kas is a tourist town and unfortunately the tourists are not coming so some restaurants and shops are not open or have limited hours. We walked around town to find dinner and decided on a family run restaurant in which the man took us into the kitchen to let us see what he had cooked for the day and could warm up for us. Strange, but so far we have had great food in Turkey and as expected pretty good cold mezze for $5. Our original plan of going sea kayaking turned into a boat cruise because that was the only activity running. Although not thrilled we decided to go as we had no other plans for the day and we were not disappointed. Only five of us on a boat that could probably hold 50 we cruised around the islands around Kas to Kekova sunken city and Simena the day was spent swimming in the med, learning a little about Lycian history from the guide. A great day on the sea!

Next we headed to Antalya a much larger city set on the coast, more of a cruise centre but nevertheless a great stop on our tour. Mix of old and new, noticable population of young people with a less conservative vibe. People are out and about at cafes, restaurants, shopping and socializing into the night. An energetic city with ancient history as evidenced by the old town and sites like Hadrians Gate. We spend most of our time just walking around and getting to know the city. We did find a great little hipster coffee shop called Eagles where they were excited when they found out I was from El Salvador and that was the house espresso bean…

Capaddocia was our final stop in Turkey, wasn’t sure we would make it but decided it was worth the trip so we caught a flight over, booked a transfer to the hotel but it was a little sad to see that not much happening as we were the only ones in the van…we stayed in a cave hotel in Goreme. Our idea is to do some hiking in the area with a visit to Open Air Museum. Weather is a little mixed but makes for some excellent scenery on the rocks. Its a stark environment and with my awful sense of direction an 8K hike turned into 12k down a canyon. Great Vacation!

Next stop England and Ireland to visit family and friends…the posts are running a little behind as we are already in England but will try to keep up.

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