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The day consisted of: delicious breakfast, exploring ruins, shopping, beach, ice cream, shopping, grilled fish dinner. So a pretty typical Thursday (jk).

Berkay left early in the morning to go tandem paragliding, the preferred adventure sport of Ölüdeniz. It looked pretty epic!

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We split up for the day and Onur’s family went on an all-day boat tour while my family went to explore the ruins of Kayaköy.

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Mom wrote a bit about the history of Kayaköy you should read here. Essentially it is a Greek Orthodox ghost town, abandoned shortly after WWI and depending on who’s history you read, it was either a violent eviction or a peaceful one. I found the whole place pretty creepy, as if there were still ghosts lurking.

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Many of the structures are at least partially intact, with chimneys and paint still visible. The most intact structures were the churches and chapels which had stone roofs (the other structures had wood roofs which had decayed entirely.

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DSC_0927In one of the chapels you can see Christian paintings on the walls that have been painted over with whitewash, or even where the faces of saints(?) had been scratched out of the stone wall.

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Onur stopped on our way out to purchase from small crafts from the locals.

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DSC_1018We were ready to find a beach, so we looked for one nearby on dad’s OpenStreetMap app (I’ll figure out which one he uses and post it). This app has seriously been the best thing we brought on the trip! It uses GPS from your phone but no cell data, which is great because we turned off cell data while abroad, and it has allowed us to find activities and attractions nearby and able to navigate even better than what we are calling “Turkish Google” which is this cultural phenomenon where you pull the car over and ask locals for directions or even recommendations for whatever you are looking for. Anyways, if you aren’t comfortable in conversational Turkish, I highly recommend downloading this free app before you visit.

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The map led us to this amazing little rocky beach, where the entrance fee was 5 TL (beaches are almost ALWAYS private and cost a fee to use), and practically empty! There is apparently no electricity in the area so it hasn’t really been developed beyond a small cafe and swimming area. It is so nice to find places that have yet to be touched by industrial tourism. IMG_3331IMG_3343

So we had a peaceful day on the beach and took our final swim in the Mediterranean of the trip. Mom and Dad even saw a sea turtle!

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After the beach we headed to the marina/bazaar district of Fethiye to shop and take photos. Onur found some kilim rugs he was interested in and the rest of us poked around while he haggled.

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IMG_3397IMG_3409We did stop for some goat milk ice cream in lue of lunch, because that’s how we roll on vacation.IMG_3376

For dinner Onur and his family grilled freshly caught fish, served with salads and fresh flatbread. The fish was called Levrek (sea bass) and Cupra (not sure what our equivalent would be).

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