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Greetings Everyone,

We’ve had a most enjoyable time since we left Marmaris. We motored — no wind — with blue skies and sunny weather to a little bay south of Marmaris called Serce. The mad tourist season doesn’t start until May so we had the bay to ourselves apart from some local fishing boats and farmers. We walked a couple of kilometers along the road and then down a dirt track past cows, goats, sheep and donkeys and came to a small restaurant in a bay on the other side of the peninsular.

It wasn’t open for business but the caretaker — a Turkish man who had no English — invite us for chy (tea). He answered all my attempts in broken Turkish with great volumes of Turkish that I had no idea of. He put on the kettle, produced bottled water, an orange, some goat cheese and two cups of tea each all for nothing and with hospitality. He invited us, with sign language to tie up to the restaurant wharf when we sailed around to the bay. It is the overwhelming friendliness of these simple country folk that never ceases to impress us and makes our stay in Turkey so enjoyable.

A couple of days later we did sail to his bay and tied up and the owner of the restaurant, who was a businessman from Ankara, was there and he invited us to stay for a late breakfast and then he and his son spent most of the morning talking to us. It was interesting to get his perspective on the situation in Turkey and the surrounding countries.

Since then we have moved on to a few more anchorages and are now anchored at Bozburun — another small town with very little activity at the moment but apparently will be a hive of activity in a few weeks time when the tourist season gets into full swing.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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Greetings Everyone,

It’s hard to believe we have been in Turkey only one week — it seems so much more. We had a tiring trip over — 40 hours travelling but no mishaps. We gave a New Testament to a South American we chatted to in one of the airports.

Since arriving Phil has done an amazing amount of jobs all of which require pulling wires through inaccessible holes with the floorboards (cabin sole to you seamen) up, trips up the mast with the soldering gear and much hair-pulling and beard mutterings. (All this just so the Admiral knows how fast the wind is blowing!!)

We thought we had solved our biggest problem — how to extend our EU visa pts three months. We met a lovely Turkish man called Ziya who spent hours on the phone trying to arrange things and finally booked us on a ferry to Rhodes to start the visa. But no!! After spending too much money and over two hours travelling each way on a very slow cargo ferry the Greek immigration told us the system has been changed again and starting the visa now wouldn’t work. The only good thing about the whole episode was meeting Ziya and his Ukrainian wife who have invited us home for a meal as soon as the boat is back in the water.

Another Turkish friend we have made is Ali who has fitted out our boat with solid stainless steel railing around the deck and organised the anti fouling and several other small jobs for a fraction of the normal price. He has spent some time in Australia and is a really nice bloke. We are going to take him and his wife out for lunch on Saturday to say thanks.

The weather is quite reasonable — a violent storm with 50 knot winds one day but the rest fairly mild and even sunny with temperatures no less then 10 degrees and up to almost twenty. We go back into the water next Monday and plan to stay a week or so at anchor then set off along the coast of Turkey towards Bodrum.

God bless,

Pam and Phil

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