It was a significant day for history on Sunday 10th November! In Turkey they remembered Atatürk who died on this day in 1938, the English expats held a gathering for Armistice Day and we made the most of Captain Caveman’s parents’ last day in Dalyan.
I had arranged a boat trip (maybe the last of the season?) with Yusuf Toprak from Amy’s Bar for the 4 of us and to join us would be 4 of the Grubb family plus a Turkish friend of their’s.
We had a breakfast at home because we had all the lovely fresh produce we had picked up from a local cheese and jam maker so I enjoyed 2 slices of gluten free bread with mulberry jam, white cheese and an earl grey tea.
At 10:30am we grabbed our bags and walked a few steps to the river and our boat for the day. The crew of two were ready for us and we got on board, it felt fresh but the sun was out and it looked to be a good day. Vanessa and Brad arrived with Di but the other two from their party appeared to have overdone it on the previous evening and were no longer joining us.
There was morning tea or coffee with pastries and we set off to the sea and towards some quiet bays for swimming. It had been Brad’s birthday the day before and so he was in a bit of a tangle but had made it! Vanessa said she wasn’t drinking but before noon she and I were having a nice chilled glass of rosé wine.

There were so many chances to swim in the sea and I was surprised how warm it was considering it was November. Captain Caveman even did his own beach bumming by cleaning up lots of rubbish he found in a bay. Lunch was a BBQ and buffet which is always excellent and had chicken, lamb and fish as well as all the mezzes. There was more wine and relaxing and I even swam from the boat and in to a cave to explore before Captain Caveman and Vanessa joined me.

In the afternoon we sailed to the beach for birthday singing and cake – this time Brad had us sing Happy Birthday to him instead of having to sing it to himself in a late bar! Yusuf even asked if we would like to try a swim in the lake, which we did and were the only ones there! It was cold at first until you found the hot thermals beneath your legs and there was only a couple of us brave (or daft) enough to get in. We finished off the day with a fruit plate and a sail back to Dalyan all fully relaxed.

In the evening I thought we would be going out to dinner to celebrate for the last evening but, as everyone was full and tired from the day out on the boat, we sat on the sofa and relaxed! Yusuf had given us all a lovely day to remember – the photos don’t do it justice as we were too busy having fun!
The week had gone fast – Captain Caveman and I were sad to have to say farewell to his parents the next day.

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