The next three posts are going to be about my trip to Turkey and it’s history. These will be a little personal for a variety of reasons. This below shot is of my first day there, specifically Marmaris, which is where we landed.
Marmaris used to be a small fishing village but has essentially turned into the most tourist of tourist destinations. It’s not a bad place, we had a good time, but it’s among the most aggressive I’ve seen in terms of fleecing the visitors.
For example, one of the best meals I’ve ever had was in Marmaris. Turkish meats, prawns, the thing where they cook the fish inside a salt shell, Turkish beer, it was awesome. Unfortunately the owner lied to our faces about his prices and tried to fleece us at the register. We had to negotiate him down which was tiresome. Overall, well worth the meal, just silly.
Marmaris has a pretty decent harbor and throughout history it’s been used by Greeks, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Turks, and so on for both trade and military purposes. Today’s it’s all tourism though, specifically Russians.
I would imagine that after Turkish pilots shot down the Russian jet and Putin cancelled tourist visas that Marmaris’ economy suffered immensely. With Putin and Erdogan’s dictator’s détente, I figure they’re looking forward to a profitable upcoming tourist season.
Sunset over Marmaris harbor