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31st March, 2016

Marmaris, Turkey

There is an almost fjord like feel when entering the Bay of Marmaris as every vessel must pass through a relatively narrow channel with 1000 foot plus mountains on either side. Inside the waters were calm as the sun climbed from the eastern horizon and it became perfectly clear to see why this area is a leisure sailor’s haven. We berthed on the outside of a pier which was a protection to a very large yacht marina, for very large yachts. There was, without a doubt, a considerable value of marine real estate lying within its boundaries.

There was a tour to the small town of Dalyan and its wetlands, a magnet for bird watchers and naturalists apparently, but I believe the majority of our folk decided to take the easy walk into the old town. Mrs R and I went that way later in the morning, cutting into the marina and strolling past some magnificent ‘gin palaces’ before passing through the not so cheap marina shops area to reality on the other side. Here we came across water side cafes, one after the other, sitting below the old town. Business appeared slow, no doubt because the season has yet to really get going, but the relaxed banter from the owners outside was amusing.

Once past the cafes we came across the ‘Grand Bazar’, seemingly acres of small shops under one roof. Everything you could ever wish for but not really need. Even so, we came away with some rather posh looking round cushion covers for a moderate price (Their new location within the Rentell homestead yet to be decided I’m told). Venturing up narrow streets we tried to find a small café, out of the way and with a good view over the harbour. Alas, the few we found were still closed. What we did find though were dozens of stray cats lying around in sunny spots or mooching about warily watching their backs.

The Port Director, a very nice chap I’d met in the morning at a plaque exchange, suggested a very good fish restaurant so, as the ship was in until five the following morning, we decided to eat ashore for a change. The meal was superb, the service attentive and the night time view across the water delightful. We also found out why all the cats seemed relatively well fed.

Captain Philip Rentell

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