We rode the bus all night to Antalya and arrived at our ship just in time for sunrise. We will spend the next 10 days sailing on the Kaya Guneri III
“Blue Cruising” is a popular way to explore the Turkish Rivera. They use traditional wooden yachts called gulets. The Kaya Guneri III is a 2 mast gulet with 8 cabins, 2 dining areas (one indoor and one outdoor), and a four man crew.
After we arrived and got settled in, the crew prepared breakfast for us. Fresh fruits, breads, jams, tomatoes, meats, cheeses and cereal.
We all lounged around until the other 4 from our group met up with us around noon. Now all 16 of us are finally together and ready for another adventure.
Captain Moses set sail in the early afternoon and sailed along the coast for a few hours. The Tarsus Mountains follow the coast line and seem to fall right down into the water. Beautiful sight to see.
We sailed to an inlet down the coast a ways and dropped anchor. We then had some time for swimming and lunch. The water is very warm and refreshing. Very relaxing to be so buoyant in salt water and not have to do much work. After lunch we went ashore and visited some ruins. The ancient city of Phaselis we originally built in the 7th Century BC by Greek settlers from Rhodes. We saw the ruins of the Greek amphitheater, columns from the gate, the aqueduct, store fronts and many good examples of bath houses.
After our land excursion, we set sail again to find our final resting spot for the day. We had a wonderful dinner of grouper and calamari, fresh salad, squash, carrots and fruit for dessert. We celebrated Gail’s Birthday tonight with a beautiful birthday cake of cake, fresh bananas and chocolate mousse.
It was dark when we settled in this small harbor but I can see that we are surrounded by mountains except for the passage where we entered. Through that passage, the Big Dipper is perfectly outlined by the black silhouette of the surrounding mountains.
Can’t wait to see what this looks like in the morning.