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A Drive Along the Turquoise Coast


The harbor at Fethiye, Turkey.

After we got off the gulets in Fethiye, we got back on the motorcoach and began the long drive east to the city of Antalya, where we would spend the next three nights. We took the scenic route along the Mediterranean coastline; Gökhan said it might remind us of the California coastline, and he was right.

Even the long bus rides on this trip have been fun. Gökhan is a font of knowledge on just about any subject, and has many stories to tell. I wish I had had a video recorder going the other day when he told, hilariously, of his first experience downhill skiing in Colorado. Suffice it to say there was an emergency-room visit involved.

We also make frequent “rest stops,” usually at the Turkish equivalent of a big Sheetz or Wawa, where we pay one Turkish lira to use the restroom, then maybe buy some hazelnuts or Turkish delight (a gummy confection that’s found everywhere over here), and some of us try to catch a wi-fi signal on our iPhone or iPad. Gökhan has taught me how to ask the clerk for the wireless password: (more…)

May 14, 2011 at 10:14 pm 1 comment

We Could Get Used to the Gulet Life

Our “Legendary Turkey” trip has taken us to some fine hotels in some great cities—Istanbul, Izmir, and Antalya—but we also enjoyed four nights on a yacht just off Turkey’s southern coast.

The coastline is along the Mediterranean and is sometimes called the Turkish Riviera; it’s also known as the Turquoise Coast, and you can see why in these photos.

So after two nights based in Izmir, which is on the western (Aegean) coast, we drove south to the seaside town of Göcek, where we got on board a handmade wooden yacht called a gulet (pronounced “ghoul-ett”). Actually our Penn State group was split across two gulets, since there were too many of us to fit on one.

The gulets are designed to be (more…)

May 11, 2011 at 11:28 pm Leave a comment

A Visit to the Baths of Cleopatra—Or Not


On our first full day aboard the large wooden Turkish yachts called gulets (pronounced “ghoul-etts”), we anchored in a cove with a set of ruins in the water. It’s called the Baths of Cleopatra, which is in keeping with the legend that Marc Antony once gave the entire Turquoise Coast to his lover, Cleopatra, as a gift.


Tour member Elaine Keller ’68, ’69g took this shot of me in the baths.

It was only after I waded through the baths, enjoyed the thought of being in the same water Cleopatra once bathed in, took lots of photos, and returned to our gulet that I was informed that this cove actually has nothing to do with Cleopatra.

It turns out that the Baths-of-Cleopatra thing is just a myth that the locals started many centuries ago, and it’s a name that has stuck.

The reality is that the semi-sunken ruins are the ruins of a monastery that dates to the 12th century A.D. Cleopatra’s time was 1,300 years earlier.

Whatever the case, the cove is beautiful.

Tina Hay, editor

May 10, 2011 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

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