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?

Our boat!

Post-wedding dance party

Roxy and Kia busting out the moves

Pete and Sara

Darryl as King (or Captain I should say)

Katie’s excitement was contagious

One of the guys from our crew keeping his eye on the peppers.  Sara took all of these food photos.

Tuna steaks.  YUM.

Lunch on the boat

Magnum ice cream.  It’s addicting.  How can you say no to a guy in a speed boat that pulls up next to you?

My mother-in-law, Jacki, took these photos of our gang jumping off the boat

Swimming in the Med!  We found a rope swing that I was too afraid to experiment with.

Now we’re in Kas on the rooftop of our hotel.  The view was absolutely stunning.  That’s Greece you see in the background.

Walking around Kas, I spotted these colorful chairs outside of a cafe’.

Kas is so charming.  Cobblestone sidewalks that separate boutiques, cafe’s, and apartments.  Not a bad life to live here.

This shop sold antique furnishings and jewelry.  This wasn’t the shop where I went crazy.

This was the one.  Papilio.  One of the most well-edited selections of textiles, jewelry, new and vintage clothing, bags, and turkish towels.

This was the owner’s inspiration board.  I nearly died when I saw those dolls on the top left corner.  She also had a picture of Frida Kahlo which made me really happy.

Across the way was their second shop devoted to Turkish towels.

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.

Darryl became really interested in learning Turkish so he carried around a little notebook in his pocket everywhere he went.  Pretty impressive, I must say!

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.

This was the kitty that slept outside of their shop.

Strolling along, marveling at everything

Beautiful tapestry

Another view from our hotel

Our neighbors

Sunset with a crescent moon

Dano & Ayse after taking post-wedding photos in Kas

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.”

You can get a sense of the scale here.  It’s pretty unbelievable and quite remarkable.

There’s Dano from a distance

And Darryl!

That’s me in the pit

After Xanthos, we hit up the mud baths.  The clouds started to roll in and it got really chilly, but there was no way I was missing a mud bath.  This is Beth and I lathering up.

So fun

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.

Our fish being grilled

How amazing is this whole set up?  This is where we ate, and I now know what kind of outdoor entertaining I aspire to have.

Before the fish came the cold plate.  Everything tastes better with yogurt.  Saklikent was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me!