Journal entry: Sep 16 Sunday - Rhodes to Bodrum Up around 6, allowed in early for breakfast, then picked up by taxi around 7 and down to the ferry terminal On board, it's an easy ride -comfortable airplane type chairs and tables, 3 decks, with adequate air.  Luggage stored in a central area, under cover.  Good early morning views of the harbor and fortifications, with yachts sailing past.  8:10 sailing, supposedly 50' catamaran ride, but took nearer 1 1/2  hrs.  Probably 2/3 or more of the boat was just heading across for the day.   So, no big line for visas, though a bit of a wait to get thru passport control.
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    ( Compare to some of our other ferry experiences )

    Whisked into the minivan we took off north.  Stopped in the mountains above Marmaris for superb views of the coast, and a tea break with gozleme, made by a woman in a nomadic black tent.  Continued on, past tobacco fields, recently picked, with just stalks and a few ragged leaves and top sprouts remaining.  Later, cotton fields just getting ready for harvest.  Lots of pine trees, then olive and citrus groves.  Honey sellers set up their stands all along the road, with an amazing variety of colors in their offerings.

    Got into Bodrum about 1:30, to Camca Marzana Hotel, a nice, small hotel ("60 rooms, 25 apart, 10 suit rooms, 1 King suit"), with several pools, spread across several layers, dropping down a steep hill overlooking Bodrum harbor.  Great views directly out to the castle. Sign in bathroom, in 4 languages, which addresses the French as "Cher's clients"

    After a brief rest, we walked into town, had oltu kebab for lunch (doner kebabs cooked on a horizontal spit over a wood fire ('the old way'). Then walked along the harbor and up to the castle.  Castle of St. Peter was captured by Suleiman in 1523, holding out for a year longer than the castle we just visited on Rhodes did. Good tour of the castle, on a bright sunny, hot day.  Several improvements since last time, though some parts a bit more run down, closed for repair, etc.  The English Tower now sports a bar and long dining table, and serves an excellent grape juice.   (750K lira)  Finished tour just as the azan (call to prayer) rang out a little before 5 pm, then wandered separately back thru the shops

    Back in time for a swim, and watched the sunset from poolside. Good supper down by the pool -variety of mezes, and "hungar gulas" as main course. Beautiful views of the castle, lit up at night. 

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