|Kaş was a welcome relief from the hordes of package tourists. We found ourselves a deal with a hotel, scoring a private bathroom and a tv! Theo had been holding down a fever for the last few days so he took the opportunity to kick back, sleep and watch soccer. I on the other hand went exploring.
Kaş (pronounced Cash) is a beautiful seaside town with cobbled streets and lots of cats. It was a place where political dissedents were sent into exile. This history gives the town a bit of a hippy-ish feel to it. Wandering through the town as a single female I attracted a lot more attention from the locals than I usually do when Theo is by my side. "Hello, yes please" being the usual catch cry. There was one particularly friendly carpet shop man who didn't want to sell me a carpet just wanted to talk and buy me a tea, when I came back with Theo all of a sudden he didn't want to chat anymore! I spent an afternoon checking out the shops and sipping a coffee at Cafe Merhaba (Cafe Hello). I was sitting next to a group of expats who seemed to know everyone in town and they all had their younger turkish toy boys and girls on their arms, which according to their conversation seemed to change regularly.
Back to Theo to check out the hotel dinner of mezes and Turkish wedding soup - a tomato, mint and lentil mix. Not sure if everyone enjoyed it...
The next day was spent relaxing by the beach, periodically checking on Theo. Eventually I hauled him out into the streets for a milkshake, a game of backgammon and some people watching. The fishermen going out on their boats, the young boys running around town and the old men standing around watching backgammon games.
We have noticed im Turkey the women are seen much less, tending to the home, cooking and shopping for food. Whilst the men in turkey spend hours in the tea houses in town, standing outside their shops drinking tea and drinking tea whilst watching backgammon - tea (or çay - chai) is definitely a national addiction. The young boys are everywhere, running around and causing mischief.
So ends a relaxing stay in Kaş, we tested out turkish mantı (turkish ravioli with yoghurt sauce) not a bad dish!