Our first quiet day in two weeks.
08.05.2013 - 08.05.2013 24 °C
Today was the first quiet day that we've experienced since arriving in Turkey. We had planned to sail to Rhodes by ferry - as optional tour, but the Summer season has not yet started for the ferry timetable and we couldn't have travelled there and back in one day. Seems strange to me - if the weather is great, why not amend the roster? There are thousands of tourists in Marmaris at the moment.
Anyhow, not to worry. As it turned out - it was quite a cloudy day today, the first cloud that we've seen. We had a leisurely start to the day, took off at 9am - for the Bazaar. This is a local market selling fresh produce, spices, honey, nuts, fresh Turkish Delight, clothes, shoes, leather, souvenirs. You name it, it's probably there. We bought Red a couple of Turkish cotton shirts, some small gifts, fresh fruit and Turkish Delight. There are probably about 15 different flavours - really yummy.
Marmaris (pronounced with emphasis on the first "mar") is like Fettiye in that it's a haven for tourists. There's not a lot of culture seen in this city, so probably not one of my favourite stops. But it's been interesting to "people watch". There are many who come just for the beaches, bars and shopping.
After the bazaar we stopped at a cafe on the main street for lunch. This was great fun - watching the waiters tout the passersby for business. They were nice guys. On our departure one of the waiters yelled out to us ladies - "I love you long time!"
After we were brought back to our hotel in the mid afternoon, the 6 of us decided to walk along the promenade up to the main town. So many hotels, restaurants and bars, lilos on the beach - quite a spectacle. We jumped on one of the local buses and travelled the rest of the way with the local people. Had a cappacino and then walked around the amazing arcades full of shops selling jewellery, watches, leather goods, clothing, shoes, souvenirs. It was pretty quiet - maybe the weather had kept people in their hotels. We received numerous invitations by proprietors to enter their shops. Some of them lovely, some of them dodgy.
We got on another bus back to our hotel, did some shopping for necessities in a supermarket across the road - and then dinner in the hotel dining room with our close knit little group of travelling companions.