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TURGUTREIS SUNSET

October 30th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Among the many cruiser friends we have met along the way, SSCA Commodores, Helen & Ed Muesch stand out not only for the wealth of information they shared but for their extraordinary hospitality.  

Ed & Helen welcomed us into their home

Ed & Helen welcomed us into their home

Helen & Ed arrived in Turkey about five years ago shortly after surviving the tsunami that devastated Thailand as they were completing a circumnavigation (BTW, Ed has authored several books, one of them about their tsunami experience—check them out on Amazon).  They fell in love with Turkey and have stayed on, purchasing a home, although they spend several months each year on their sailboat,  Tahlequah, which brought them here in the first place.

Turgutreis is at the very end of the Bodrum peninsula reached by a winding road along the coast that gradually narrows until you reach the Aegean.

A scenic turnout along the road to Bodrum

A scenic turnout along the road to Bodrum

We were invited to spend an overnight with them at their home in Turgutreis after they put “Tahlequah” on the hard for the winter.  Turgutreis was our first landfall in Turkey and we admired the white houses that covered the hillside overlooking the marina, so we jumped at the chance to spend a night on shore and to see the view from this unique vantage point.  Our trip back to Marmaris from Ephesus provided a great opportunity to visit them.

From sea level we followed Ed & Helen up a narrow winding road that leads to their home near the top of the hillside.

From sea level we followed Ed & Helen up a narrow winding road that leads to their home near the top of the hillside.

View down coast to D-Marin, Turgutreis

View down coast to D-Marin, Turgutreis

Helen & Ed’s property is on one of the upper roads of the development, and extends down the hillside.  On the lower level is a compact but beautifully landscaped yard with breathtaking views across the Aegean to several Greek islands including Kos. 

Green grass and flowering plants make a little oasis

Green grass and flowering plants make a little oasis

We had hoped to watch a day of the Bodrum Cup—an annual wooden sailboat race that pits gulets against one another—from their house, but a last minute change in the course took the boats off in another direction.

Despite that we were treated to one of the more amazing sunsets we have seen from a vantage point high above the Aegean looking out over Greece, and had a wonderful dinner with new friends.

Turgutreis Sunset--Going. . .

Turgutreis Sunset--Going. . .

Going. . .

Going. . .

Gone!

Gone!

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