Marmaris – Rhodes – London

by CameronM Wed, October 08 2003 07:54

We spent the morning wandering the streets and waterfront of Marmaris before heading to the harbour for the one-hour ferry crossing back to Rhodes. As we had to fill in the rest of the day and a large potion of the night until our flight out at 1am, we wandered the familiar streets of the Old Town.

After dinner, we boarded a bus headed to the airport. As fate would have it, there was a taxi strike, so the local bus was the only viable alternative. This worked out well anyway, as it was significantly cheaper and took the scenic route, which helped kill some time. Sadly, we still arrived at the airport four-hours early. We had planned our expenditure almost perfectly, I only had €4 left and since we where heading back to the UK I wouldn’t have to worry about trying to change it back to £’s.

I had no time to recover from my travels, as I had organised to start work at Manhattan Toy the day I got back. Suffice to say that after travelling all night I was a little tired for my first day’s induction.

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Marmaris

by CameronM Tue, October 07 2003 07:48

Trying to spend as much time in Turkey, where it is cheaper, we decided to stay until the very last day of the trip and then catch the ferry to Rhodes, where we would kill some time before heading out at 1am (who thought that was a good time to fly?). As the grand finale and as a bit of a treat, we joined 40 other tourists, and about 20 other boats, whiling away the hours on a day long boat trip in Marmaris Bay.

The cruise, which only cost US$15 included breakfast, lunch and all the beer and local spirits you could drink. The poms were out in force and doing their best to consume as much of the free beer as possible while getting redder by the minute. Tan and I were content to swim in the clear water and sunbake. It was a nice day and not too expensive even when converted to Lira.

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Pamukkale - Marmaris

by CameronM Mon, October 06 2003 07:41

Leaving Pamukkale, we said goodbye to Jennifer, an Aussie we'd first met in Istanbul and who Tan was quite fond of, and Kari, a Canadian we'd met on the Gallipoli tour, who had been our companions for the last few days. The girls were going on for some more travel, while for Tan and I we were nearing the end of the road, for this trip at least. We headed to Marmaris, a coastal resort town, where we hoped to be able to catch the ferry to Rhodes.

Being back on the local buses was again a treat, although the buses themselves are exceptional, few of the drivers or on-board staff speak English, which can be quite interesting. We stopped at a bus station somewhere along the way and were told this was a 20 minute break. So it was with some surprise that 5 minutes later we were running after the bus as it headed out from the station. Luckily it had to turn around in the carpark so we were able to jump back on before it had gone too far.

Marmaris is everything you think of when you hear the words coastal resort. Expensive, filled with sun-burned tourists and about as Turkish as a Cadbury chocolate Turkish Delight. We met people on the third or fourth visit to Turkey, who had never ventured outside the town, and looked at you like you were talking Turkish when you mentioned some of the BIG tourist attractions like Ephesus and Pamukkale, which were only three or four hours away.

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