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Homer at Orkinos Camping

Plastic city in the distance, on the road to Antalya. Some valleys...

We stayed the weekend at Orkinos Camping (N 36°43'14" E 30°33'49"), taking a long walk into town and back along the beach on Saturday. Most of the shops are closed, or being refitted, until summer comes, and most of the many hotels are closed also. On the beach, I was “picked up” by Ünal, a Turk who worked in a nearby 5-star hotel (it was his day off) and he invited us to have a çay with him back at a local café. Despite having a husband in tow, it was obvious that he was only interested in talking to me and afterwards he presented me with a box of Turkish Delight bought at the nearby supermarket!

On Saturday night, David insisted on collecting pinecones and driftwood and having a fire on the stony beach by Homer. I was convinced that the two boats that eventually appeared out from the beach were local coastguard come to admonish us, but I think they were probably fishermen and eventually their lights disappeared into the darkness.

After a lazy Sunday we decided to move on this morning; a half-hour drive to Denizer Camping (N36°49'57.6" E30°35'47.7") before Antalya. Unfortunately the campsite is in a bad shape although 30 years ago it must have been very nice. Ali Baba, the old sea captain, said he has been here that long, and recently they have had the worst floods he has seen, so the site is extremely dirty. However, there is electric hook-up, a washing machine (and we needed to do some washing) and a flush toilet, and a shower with gas hot water. We have WiFi but it’s weak.

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