March 27, 2015
Today we went down to breakfast shortly after 8 am. The weather forecast was not too promising—probable rain in the afternoon—so we decided to wait around for a while and then go out for a short walk to the lighthouse. Starting off, we walked down to the beach and then along the beach-front road past the end of the beach to the harbour. The trail to the lighthouse started here, right behind the shiny new WC.
There was a small flock of White-spectacled Bulbuls in the trees near the start of the trail. This was interesting because they are the bulbuls which live nearest to Europe. We hadn’t seen bulbuls since we were in southern Africa. Also along the trail there were numerous wild red tulips in bloom, a very cheery sight. We’re so used to planting tulip bulbs in our gardens that we forget that they originally came from wild species which grew in Turkey.
The trail for the most part was level as it contoured around the hillside. We had a couple of short rain showers, but they each only lasted for a few minutes. It took an hour and a quarter to reach the lighthouse keeper’s cottage, where we sat under a tree and enjoyed the view. Of course there’s no keeper any more, so the cottage is derelict, but not vandalized. The lighthouse itself isn’t a picturesque white tower, but just a metal frame with a light on top. So neither of us felt inclined to climb the short distance up the rocks to get a close-up view.
We ate the cookies out of our packed lunches and then headed back to the hotel, where we made some tea and sat out on our balcony to eat the rest of our lunch. By now the rain had started, so we spent the rest of the afternoon catching up on journal-writing. A flock of sheep came bounding down the road to graze in the field next to the hotel, closely followed by the shepherd on his motor-scooter. After about an hour he chased the flock down the road to the next field.
For dinner tonight the starter was lentil soup, followed by chicken stroganoff with chips, salad, and rice. The dessert was a creamy pudding, and when we inquired what it was we were told it was tavuk göğsü—which is made from chicken breast and milk. It was surprisingly good, but the vegetarians in the group were quite shocked!