Backgammon Lessons - Turkish Meditteranean
The Turkish Mediterranean coast is chock-a-block with offers of gulet (wooden-hulled boat) sea cruises.
We book ours last-minute at the very end of the season in early November. Our cruise, which finds us traveling alone with a full crew at our service, takes us from Fethiye to Olympos with port stops at Kalkan and Kas in between.
Though the tourist season is essentially over, we enjoy three days of sunning and swimming in crisp, but clear-blue waters. When we aren't busy relaxing, the captain’s brother and first mate engage us with ad hoc Turkish lessons (point and shoot method using a quill and English-Turkish dictionary), card playing and copious backgammon defeats. For us, the sites, food, people, and gaming captures the Turkish spirit and proves one of the many highlights of our three weeks in Turkey.