FOÇA - 2
Photographs and Commentary by Debra Jan Bibel
Music: Aegean Sailor [Omar Faruk Tekbilek / Süleyman the Magnificent / Celestial Harmonies]: 3 min excerpt
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This day in Foça was actually spent off its coast at sea, enjoying the marine air, the warmth, the sights of weathered cliffs and rocks, and, for some, a dip into the Aegean. It was a time to unwind and relax. And the lunch was both appropriate and delicious. Come aboard . . .
|Our vessel for the excursion.||Some folks preferred the lower deck, but others chose this upper deck, still keeping in the shade.||Others opted for sunbathing.||Behind the stern some seagulls appear.||And their friends arrive.||More assemble.|
A scene from Hitchcock's The Birds?The reason was that food for lunch was being prepared and scraps were frequently thrown overboard.
|We motor out.||The chalk banks do not resist well the cave-producing force of waves.||The islets Orak and Incir are traditionally designated as the Siren's Rocks of Homer. The Siren's song was the play of the wind.||
Swimming to the cliffs.
|The rocky shoreline.||Hidden inlets.||And hidden caves.||The force of wind sculpted these mini city-like structures.||More caves, which continue under water.||Rock slides.|
|Another cave tucked into a inlet.||Narrow passages.||Another fantastic wind sculpture.||The sheering power of wind.||Heading out to a new area.||These boats came from Greece.|
|The water is crystal clear.||An amusing sign.||A rich person's hideaway.||Joshkun and the national game.||Lunch is ready! Simple but fine.||Enjoying the meal.|
|Conversation over the meal.||A second boat shares our destinations.||Yuval opens his oud case for some music.||Malcolm and Joshkun provide harmony and percussion.||The old friends perform.||Last chance to cool off.|
Back to Foça, we go our individual ways for dinner or snack. I had to get another chocolate pastry. The next morning we travel to Izmir to catch an airplane to Istanbul.
|Passing a regatta as we return to port.|