Turkey – Eastern Mediterranean Coast
We hit the Turkish Mediterranean coast at Mersin. The guide books are too nice about this town; it probably shouldn’t even make it into the guide books at all. Highrises line the coastline, all looking the same, maybe the architect from Belgrade moved to Mersin. Katrina summarises it well “There is nothing redeeming about Mersin and lucky for us we are passing through.”
We did make a detour to Decathalon (rebel sport on steroids), and each picked up some waterproof ‘rock’ shoes in preparation for the turkish beaches.
The eastern Mediterranean coastline is not particularly popular with visitors and we can see why. We make the most of an overcast day and cover as many kilometers as we can. We stay the night in Anamur in an average looking hotel and we negotiated a good rate for two rooms and breakfast. When we ask for recommendations for dinner, we are told the hotel is the best (of course it is). After a reconnaissance up and down the street, it seems they may be right. Dinner is Kebabs and meatballs, the usual turkish fare, with a bottle of not so memorable red wine! Then the turkish entertainment starts. Let’s just say he’s not a candidate for “Turkey – you’ve got talent”.
Katrina, as usual, puts us to shame and is up early for a morning run along the beach. She makes use of the free exercise equipment, which we’ve seen frequently provided in public areas. People do seem to use it, predominantly men. You see men and women out getting some exercise, however most of the women are still in traditional headdress and clothing. I don’t know how they cope with the heat, as the clothing is always long sleeved and heavy.
Breakfasts in Turkey generally consist of bread (you get served bread with everything), tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese and a hard boiled egg. Sometimes an omelet is on offer as well. Tea and, of course, turkish coffee goes without saying. Regular coffee with milk is Nescafe, which is an example of market domination. When we ask for coffee the reply is; “turkish, or Nescafe?” I am sure you can guess that the CPI has hit an all time low, the cheapest being $1.00 for a cup of nescafe without milk. I am not sure if nescafe without milk rates better, or worse, than nescafe with powdered milk!
Anyway, I digress. The breakfast on this morning is ordinary. I am not sure if it was tea, or coffee, that we tried to drink, but we skipped the eating part because all the plates were dirty. A boiled egg seemed the safest option and then we got back on the road!