Posts Tagged ‘Mediterranean’

Before leaving the Fethiye area, we spent the day at Ölüdeniz, which means “Dead Sea” in Turkish. This is a beautiful blue lagoon which is protected as a national park so the beach is free from surrounding hotels; they remain off to the side and up the surrounding mountains. The Wikipedia page for Ölüdeniz indicates it is frequently voted amongst the top five beaches in the world, and after our visit, we certainly agreed that it was a top-notch beach. Ölüdeniz is also a very popular paragliding spot, so while you swim or relax you can watch the paragliders whirl slowly above you. It actually adds to the idyllic feeling of the place, as they seem almost otherworldly rather than man-made. This is probably because they are completely quiet in comparison with the usual noisy, motor-driven beach activities like jetskiing.

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After three really busy days sightseeing in Istanbul, we were really looking forward to our relaxation time on the beach. After short flight to Dalaman, we picked up our rental car—a manual, diesel Ford Focus—and drove the short distance toward Yonca Lodge, near Fethiye. It was a little tricky to find, but we managed, and luckily arrived and checked in just in time to eat dinner. We stayed there over the weekend; it was a great little place that offers half-board for a reasonable price, and it had a private beach with plenty of lounge chairs, as well as lots of hammocks and gazebos with cushions to relax in the shade. The staff spoke little English, so communication was interesting, but it was a really nice place. We were also very entertained by the many farm animals that inhabited the place, including many chickens and ducks, as well as some sheep. The water on the Mediterranean was bright turquoise and cold but refreshing, and the sunsets were beautiful.

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I took this panorama in the lovely city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, in July 2009. Dubrovnik is on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. The old city is a walled fortress and you can walk around the entire city on top of its walls for a small fee. Though Croatia seemed like a less-frequented tourist spot from my American perspective, it was surprisingly expensive and quite busy. However, it was a truly amazing place to visit.

City walls of Dubrovnik

A view of the Dubrovnik city walls

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