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Photos from this visit.


Fethiye - I liked the colors and arrangement of this artistic pile of fishing nets drying in the sun on a dock along the harbor walk.

Fethiye - Alan is a young man I met on the 20 hour bus ride from Urfa to Fethiye who eagerly shared his views on politics and sought my ideas about world religions.

Fethiye - He is a 23 year old Syrian refugee. He considers himself Kirdish first and Syrian by birth. He is nominally Muslim, but does not practice the faith, except under duress. Not all Syrian refugees are pathetic women in shawls clutching a mob of grubby wide eyed children!

Fethiye - Alan studies civil engineering and enjoys writing philosophical poetry, some of  which he shared with me. Obviously a very bright young man, he saw the trouble coming and decided to get out while he could. Since leaving his home in Syria he has supported himself by working in restaurants and hotels as best he could... something I too did at a somewhat younger age.

Fethiye - Alan speaks Kurdish, Turkish, Arabic and English... and enjoys playing with the tiny ones on our bus. "Why so many pictures?" he asked. I pointed out most would be unusable and discarded; his weren't.

Fethiye - In a remarkably cheerful mood for his circumstances, he is fleeing the political trouble in his country with his half sister who travels under his protection as required by Islamic law.

Fethiye - Alan is fleeing the trouble in his country and possibly a call to military service by the government everyone fears. I guess that makes him a "draft dodger," using the American term for anyone trying to avoid military conscription. Who can blame him?

Fethiye - Alan says he would like to be out of the country and unavailable for a possibly a call to military service by the government everyone fears. It makes me wonder about the guys who didn't get out and are now forced to risk their lives to support the Assad regime.

Fethiye - Blue and white mooring ropes mingle in the embrace with a rusty ring.

Fethiye - Menu for the Pasamzade Cafe near the Mara Hotel where I enjoyed pede and ice-cream.

Fethiye - This huge plaza near the Mara Hotel is bordered by the harbor walkway with resting benches like this one.

Fethiye - Walking around the bay I saw many clusters of boats moored together like these.

Fethiye - Walking around the bay to the West of the Alesta Yacht Hotel I enjoyed a never ending series of nautical scenes like this one.

11 January 2013

Greetings from Fethiye Turkey,

This is my second visit to this seaside town with its huge yacht harbor and year around holiday spirit that so much reminds me of my old home town of Santa Barbara, California. The earlier trip back in 2001 allowed me to write about experiences which on re-reading prompted this return... excerpted from the main postcard page. Don't miss all the photos there  FB


PS: After lamenting the collective ignorance of our electorate who already "know it all" and have no need to actually look at evidence, I referenced a new book discovered by Entera in the Postcard from Mardin Turkey, "An excellent examination of the problem appeared in a book by Esquire columnist Charles P. Pierce entitled: 'Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free'  If you are not worried about the state of our union now, consider the evidence he presents, nicely summarized in this foreword to his book." Later, I received the following from this same very wise and well informed friend:

"I really should stop reading/listening to our current US news coverage.

First there is the "debate" format of nearly EVERYTHING it pedals. If someone says that the airfoil on modern airplanes is what allows them to fly, that must be debated by someone on the other side who believes that fairies keep planes from falling out of the sky. No matter how utterly stupid the other sides' argument is, it is given equal weight, and the viewer/reader gets to decide which is real. How utterly ridiculous.

The other thing is framing almost everything as a belief, or opinion, and beliefs and opinions = reality. "Do you believe in manmade global climate change?" That implies you get to choose your own reality, and that If someone doesn't believe in something, it will just go away. It's kind of like if a bear is charging you, and you close your eyes,  it will go away. Does that mean because you can no longer see it, that it is no longer going to attack you?

Why aren't these poll takers asking people; "Is fire hot?" If people can choose not to believe in climate change or evolution, and that opinion holds some value, why not turn the American public's wisdom loose on the science of fire. That way public opinion could cool flames to the point you will get frostbite should you stick your hand in a pottery kiln.

Hell, we could solve our energy problem just by getting people to believe you can run your car on human urine. Get the Koch brothers to fund some "research" to manufacture public opinion so that the majority of people think that urine is the same as gas. Then they can just empty their bladders into the tank every morning, and drive their cars to work on their kidney processed morning coffee. Energy crisis solved! Damn, that was even easier than "Drill baby drill!"

Also this ridiculousness of the idea that belief/opinion = reality, gives politicians unwarranted legitimacy when they say "I believe" then follow that with total bullshit. Who the hell should give a gnat's crap what a politician believes? They should be required to provide PROOF that what they say is true, instead of being allowed to get away with outright lying under the guise of some strongly held belief, that flies in the very face of reality itself.

Okay, thank you for letting me let off steam. Entéra"



Fethiye - Entrance to the Hotel Mara. Twelve years ago I marveled at the great value I'd found; there were few competitors back then. Even in March a lively crowd of guests made the lobby an entertaining place to spend the evening. Today in mid-January I am among the few hardy souls traveling in this part of the world who have paused for a rest in the Mara. With so few travelers and so many hotels, visitors have a large choice of excellent value lodges from which to choose. The Mara is no longer that great a value as will become obvious when I describe what else I've found.

Fethiye - Hotel Mara in the old town where I stayed 12 years ago. The aging hotel has been recently renovated so the rooms are like new and quite nicely laid out. Twelve years ago I paid $18 for a room; today the rate is $33-$44, still a bargain by world standards, but no longer the best deal in town. Today there are now much better values down near the harbor area including a couple 4star deluxe houses for $55. Fethiye is a delightful holiday destination comparable to Santa Barbara, but at bargain prices.

Fethiye - A fisherman caught this octopus off the harbor wall as I approached and then quickly dispatched it as it attempted to crawl away.

Fethiye - Anti-sunburn boat sits ready to meet the sun head on.

Fethiye - Boat in the bay sits quietly deserted not far from the harbor wall.

Fethiye - During my walk around the bay to the West of the Alesta Yacht Hotel I saw several dry docks and a large number of yachts at anchor in the shallow water.

Fethiye - Metal ring anchored to concrete wall with taut mooring ropes.

Fethiye - X marks the spot where mooring lines cross along the harbor wall.

Fethiye - Walking around the bay to the West of the Alesta Yacht Hotel I enjoyed a never ending series of nautical scenes.








Photos from this visit.


Fethiye - Another view of one of the cross streets near the Hotel Mara. The old part of town is located in a compact 4X4 block area and is a delight to walk... as so many locals do each morning. I felt like I had found walking group home away from home.

Fethiye - Another view of the Hotel Mara. Recently renovated, the hotel is being maintained in good condition. With so few guests this time of year, service has suffered and the included breakfast is assembled for each guest assuming all will be thrilled with the usual Turkish fare of olives, cheeses, a couple small baloney slices, halvah, tomatoes, cucumber, bread and spreads plus tea or powdered coffee. Not being Turkish it didn't thrill me!

Fethiye 2001: This is the picture I took twelve years ago; it hasn't changed much on the outside, except for adding an "H" in front of "otel." "A three star house: they had first class accommodations. The cost? 18 dollars per night." is how I described it back then.

Fethiye - Another view of Hotel Mara room furnishings; all white, simple but functional.

Fethiye - Hotel Mara bathroom sink, shallow, but functional.

Fethiye - Hotel Mara lobby furniture, simple but functional.

Fethiye - Hotel Mara lobby furniture.

Fethiye - Hotel Mara room furnishings; all white, simple but functional,.

Fethiye - Hotel Mara room mini-bar, all white furnishings.

Fethiye - Hotel Mara set breakfast; no eggs, but sliced bread in a basket off to the side. That black blob is a chocolate spread.

Fethiye - A small portion of a dry dock to the West of the Alesta Yacht Hotel.

Fethiye - Another shot of boats in a dry dock to the West of the Alesta Yacht Hotel.

Fethiye - As I approached this parked station wagon it seemed to be unoccupied until I got closer when two heads popped up in the back windows and then disappeared again as I hurried on.

Fethiye - Looking the other direction down the harbor walkway with resting benches stationed every few meters.

Fethiye - Row, row, row your boat in the gentle bay. Oars, sails and petrol power water craft.

Fethiye - Still in the dry dock to the west of the hotel I spotted this large screw, one of two on a large ship being refitted.

Fethiye - This portion of the harbor walkway with resting benches like this one runs alongside the large plaza.

Fethiye - Walking around the bay I stopped to record this rural scene where within the space of a single minute I heard a dog bark, a rooster crow and a goose honk!



Reference photo: author
 August 2002

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