Saturday, 28 May 2011

Roses after the rain

It seems that this year the roses in Vienna's Rosegarden are blooming more beautifully than in the last years!

After a heavy rain over night I came to see if the roses had been damaged. No, they are as beautiful as before the rain!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

The Turtle Beach of Dalyan

In April we spent a week in Turkey.
One highlight was a boat trip to the Turtle Beach of Dalyan.

Dalyan (follow link to Wikipedia) is a town in Muğla Province located between the districts of Marmaris and Fethiye on the south-west coast of Turkey.

Life in Dalyan revolves around the Dalyan Çayı River which flows past the town.

The boats that ply up and down the river, navigating the maze of reeds, are the preferred means of transport to all the local sites.

Above the river's sheer cliffs are the weathered façades of Lycian tombs cut from rock, circa 400 BC. The ruins of the ancient trading city of Kaunos are a short boat trip across the river.

Dalyan achieved international fame in 1986 when developers wanted to build a luxury hotel on the nearby İztuzu Beach, a breeding ground for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle species.

The incident created major international storm when David Bellamy championed the cause of the conservationists. The development project was stopped and the beach is now a protected area.

On our boat trip to the Dalyan Beach we were offered fresh blue crabs. The crabs were served with Rakı on the boat on our way back to Dalyan.
What a delicious meal!
Some glasses of Raki intensified the relaxed atmosphere on the boat!