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The Hammam Revisited

And other adventures during our stay in Kas

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We arrived in Kas and were amazed to see the setting. This is a seaside town of about 10,000, perched on a hillside over looking the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. The city has many narrow cobblestone streets with bouganvillea canopied above. Being a working town and a tourist town there is a nice mix of tourists and locals. Off in the near distance are views of Meis - a Greek island - that is easily accessible by ferry. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to head on over there.

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We were fortunate enough to get into the Hideaway Hotel. So clean, updated and wonderful hosts/owners - Ahmet and Marie - she is originally from Belgium - and their 1 1/2 year old daughter. They met when Marie was backing packing through Turkey (sound familiar in any way? Sure does to Brad and I!)
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The view from the terrace was stunning, such a treat to wake up to this each morning as we worked our way through the breakfast buffet of fresh fruit, museli, yogurt, cucumber, olives, tomatoes, cheese, honey fresh from the comb and on and on it goes.

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Oh and of course there was Can (pronounced John). He was there each morning and evening to help serve the meals (Dinner was 15TL per person with as many mezes/appies as you could eat(So tastey). And the view of Can was not bad either!!!
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We were fortunate to be in Kas on market day. Imagine a Lycian tomb being used to help support the tarps at the market.

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The produce was so fresh and cheap. We bought 4 huge juicy grapefruits for $0.75 Canadian and Sue bought a kilo of strawberries for ($2). Also bought some Frankensence, not sure how I am going to burn it, but I'm sure I will find a way.

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While in Kas, we had a car so were able to spend sometime touring around. Had a quick peak at Kalkan - very cute, but very touristy or to be more precise, very British. As we were getting into our car to leave, a woman approached us and asked where we were from. She was very excited to hear a North American accent as she was originally from South Carolina. She said she can only think of 2-3 other North Americans living in the area.

From here we headed into the hills to have a trout lunch. The trout are caught fresh each morning from pools outside the restaurants. Ahmet recommended this very small traditional village to us. We were not sure if we were on the right track, so we stopped and asked directions a few time. Each time, people went out of their way to help us - with or without any English - and always with a smile on their face. The trout was amazing and only cost $6 each
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From here it was on to the ruins at Xanthos. We had the place to ourselves for the most part. We were able to sit in the open air theatre while Wayne pretended to put on a performance for us. The acoustics are amazing. We were all busy trying to imagine what it may have been like when the Romans were here - what kind of entertainment took place - lion fights, plays or gladiators strutting their stuff.

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Back to the coast to Patara beach - Mark and Paul were suppose to have landed on this beach when they were spreading the word of Jesus throughtout the land. The beach itself was beautiful, sand for as far as you could see in either direction. Had a dip and then back to Kas.

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By now you are probably wondering what a hammam has to do with this long winded story?
Well after this long day, we decided to have a relaxing day. The men thought they would like to have a "proper" hammam experience - one that proved to me a bit more relaxing than the last one they had. As an aside, all the Turkish men that Brad and Wayne have told their story to all say "that's what it is like for the men"! So Brad scouted out a more'civilized' hammam at one of the hotel. We decided to have the full package,scrub, wash, facial and oil massage. What a treat, we were all feeling pretty relaxed after that 3 hours.

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We were so relieved that it was a more positive experience for the men!

Heather

Posted by hbwatson 13:11

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We went to a Hammam in Kas, too! It's also where Blair got his first shave. What a lovely town and market - we bought spices there. The manager of the hotel tracked us down outside of the market to give me a gift of a necklace from the woman who worked at reception of the place where we stayed - how sweet. We really enjoyed our time in Kas. Sounds like you did too!

by Catherine vM

PS I agree with your assessment of the view of Can.

by Catherine vM

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