Waking up the day after wedding to find out that we were about to hop on a boat and sail the Mediterranean was not at all disappointing. A group of us chartered a boat and spent an afternoon sailing, swimming, eating, and fully enjoying life. It was epic. Our friend Kaan is a supreme chef and grilled some tuna steaks and peppers and served them alongside some of the best pasta I have ever had and a simple salad with fresh veggies. We chased it down with Efes beer and Magnum ice cream delivered to us by a guy on a speed boat. It was perfect. After our sailing trip, we took a bus to Kas, a charming and quaint beach town on the Mediterranean where we stayed for 4 days. I shopped like crazy, ate like crazy, took a mud bath, went swimming in extra blue water, made new friends, got a history lesson in textiles, walked some ruins, and got a nice tan. But the craziest thing of all happened when we returned from a late dinner one evening. I spotted a guy who looked very familiar walking in front of our hotel and realized it was a boyfriend from junior high. So insane. Another crazy thing? He and his girlfriend were having a conversation at that exact moment about random coincidences in life. Magical moments in this very small world that we live in, no?
This was a wall in their towel shop. It reminded me of my bedroom walls in junior high. Completely covered with magazine tears and posters of my favorite bands. I felt a little nostalgic when I saw this. And then I thought about an old friend who used to have her bedroom walls covered with magazine tears of Christy Turlington. Everyone used to tell her that she resembled Christy Turlington so she became totally obsessed with her. Kinda funny but really cool at the same time.
I also went bonkers in this shop, Silk Road. I became friends with the owners, Tunc and Semra. They were the loveliest couple. They spent a few months of the year running their shop in Kas, a few months at their apartment in Istanbul, and the rest of the time traveling along the Silk Road buying things for their shop. Nice life.
We rented a 12-person jeep and hit up the areas around Kas. Our first stop was Xanthos which was the oldest and largest city of the province of Lycia. It was settled around 8th century BC in the Mediterranean region of Turkey and it was independent until the Persian invasion in the 4th century BC. The people of Xanthos could not defend themselves against the Persians and therefore killed their women and children and then committed mass suicide by throwing themselves into flames. The city was rebuilt but taken down again when the people resisted taxes imposed upon them by the Athenians. It then became known as a “city of disasters.”
Then we headed to Saklikent for lunch, otherwise known as The Hidden City. It is the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey and outside of it are little restaurants along the water. This is where you can find the purest, most delicious olive oil and herbs sold by local village women.