Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Of sunsets and small towns

In the last three days, the setting sun has left us in awe.

First was Kas. It is a small town by the bay with an extremely happy vibe. We reached Kas around 4 pm, checked in to Santosa Pansion and immediately left for Kaputas beach. The beach was a good 30 minute drive from Kas and the view was breathtaking. You have to climb down  around 160 steps to reach the beach. From the top, it is an awesome sight. Blue waters, mountains by the side, and all the people and the colours. The sky changed colours to different shades of orange. There were jets leaving trails in the sky. I spent over an hour sitting in the water and just staring at the sky. We left around 7.30 pm with no mini buses in sight. The good thing about traveling with friends is that every situation can easily be turned into a joke. So, we started walking in the moonlight. We could see a fish restaurant in the distance. Fish trumps no transport, by far. :P  Kas town square is brilliant. Small cafes and bars dot the entire place. There is music everywhere. Sitting in the open is the norm. The place is full of small bylanes with green creepers growing on walls and roofs. Looks very idyllic.

Kaputas Beach

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Along the Turkish Coastline

In a bus on our way to this small village called Kas. The sea is in different shades of turquoise. View is absolutely awesome. Crappy photos I know, but that's all my phone could manage. Roads here are super. Taking a bus to anywhere is extremely complex! For our journey from Cappadocia to Antalya, we had to change 5 buses! Indian buses run far more efficiently.

The Turkish bayside deserves 2-3 weeks. Dotted with small villages and towns, it is the kind of place where you hire a car and stop where you want. Then pull a beach lounger and laze away the day. Pretty much what a lot of people seem to be doing here. Cannot wait to reach Kas and hit the beach. Supposedly, there is a gem of a beach there.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sunrise in Cappadocia

We woke up at 5 today morning. Yes, 5 am! Last night's dinner was at this quaint Turkish restaurant called Old Cappadocia Cafe & Restaurant. Ordinary chicken and excellent lamb. We had pottery kebab, a turkish special where chicken is cooked in a clay pot and brought to the table on flames. And Moussaka, which is a Greek special, lamb cooked over a layer of aurbergines. Bread, aurbergine and lamb seem to be the mainstay here. That was accompanied with Efes, the local beer, Raki and a cappadocian wine. Stuffed to the hilt, I was out like a light yesterday.
Pottery Kebab

Thursday, October 10, 2013

On Turkish Roads

In the past 24 hours, we have been on four flights. Chennai to Bombay, then to Doha, then to Istanbul and finally to Kayseri. It is 7 pm right now and we are on the last leg before we halt for the night. In a shuttle bus from Kayseri to Cappadocia. Around an hour's journey. Listening to some Moby song which goes well with the roads zipping by. The place looks pretty barren. There is a crispy wintery chill in the air. Like Delhi in early December. There is wi-fi in the bus, so conversations have been stalled. The next ten days look promising. Cappadocia, Antalya, Fethiye, Pamukkale, Izmir and ending with Istanbul. With some very close friends. The customary beers started last night. I have as usual become the butt of many jokes. Seems like routine warmth. :) Today we stay in Falcon Cave hostel. And tomorrow, I start clicking. :) More later!

First view of Istanbul