The shiny new marina opened in July, just in time for the summer season on the Turkish Riviera. Shops selling luxury goods and expensive coffee are interspersed with fountains fronted by yachts. Outdoor art galleries sit under sparkling new canopies, and restaurants offering al fresco dining are as open for business at the end of the high season as they were at the beginning. This is Yalikavak, the newest hot spot on the Turkish Riviera.
It’s windy in Bodrum. There are white caps on the Mediterranean, and when I open the doors to the balcony, it’s the cold that I notice first. I suppose it makes sense. High season on the Turkish Riviera is coming to an end, and the hot summer weather has to cool off sometime. Despite the chill, the view is spectacular. The edge of an infinity pool blurs into the sea of a private bay, and mega-yachts dot the water like little toy boats.
I haven’t traveled to Turkey since I was 14. My eighth grade class took a cruise through Greece and stopped in Kusadasi for a day. We ran around Ephesus, tried our bargaining skills at a bazaar, and it goes without saying that we got a factory tour at a rug shop that belonged to our guide’s “cousin”.