05.09.2011 - 11.10.2011 32 °C
Last stop in Turkey was Bodrum which is only 20 minutes by boat to get to Kos, Greece. Stayed at some great apartments called Emelce Aparts, Bodrum. The place had a pool, 2 bedrooms, stove, balcony looking out over the marina and had views of an ancient ampetheatre. It was right up a bill but walking distance to both town areas. Towards the marina there was a strong yachting community and the cafes and shops all reflected this. There is water front dining, boats tours available, cold beer and places to sunbathe while chilled cafes serve cocktails or beer or snacks. There are also numerous kebabs shops and markets selling fakes and clothes. On the other side of the hill is a more touristy/party type area like the parry islands in Greece that have sun lounges and loud house music or cheesy top 40 playing, topless bathing and drinking. That side was packed with Brits and oldies getting their gear off.
The houses in Bodrum are all whitewashed, much the same as Greece, the big difference being you could still hear the mosques calling people to prayer 5 times a day and there were no blue domes anywhere. Near the apartments was a big hill as I mentioned separating the two areas of town we discovered. At the top of the hill was a local hangout that looked out over the bodrum castle and the ocean on either side. Locals would park their car, some took out tables and fold out chairs and sat watching the sun go down, eating chips and having a glass of wine or beer. Teenagers hung out across the street where there were several old windmills no longer in use but some were quite well preserved, they are 1.5 stories with stirs going up and round one side of the walll, then there is a little window whole at the top just under the roof and a windmill is attached to the front. they look out over the ocean on both sides. Bodrum can be as rowdy or as relaxed as you make it, some parts are similar to parts of the Greek islands but its a cheaper option because they're still using the Lira not the Euro. It's a small town so a week or so is enough to see most of what is has to offer. The beaches are quite small and have pebbles but the water is warm and clear.