We’ve arrived in a little bit of heaven last night. Amasra is a town of 6,500 on the coast of the Black Sea. It’s not easy to get to but once here, it’s worth the effort.
Amasra, which is made up of two small islands, survives as a fishing town and a tourist destination, especially for Turks from Ankara. It has a remarkably long history, dating back to several hundred years B.C. It was controlled in various eras by the Pontus empire, the Rus empire, the Roman empire, the Byzantine empire, and the Ottoman empire and is mentioned in Homer’s Iliad.
There’s a laidback air here. The people are warm and friendly. From our pansiyon (Turkish for pension), we see and constantly hear the waves crashing on the shore. The view from our balcony is fantastic (see pics below)!
Our walk around the town today took us to the sea wall and jetty. The power of the surf is incredible. We were walking on top of the sea wall, along with some other people, when a fisherman came over and, in animated fashion, said something emphatically in Turkish. A young woman came to tell us that someone had been swept off this sea wall yesterday so we should not be walking on it. Needless to say, we found a different way to get to the end of the jetty. The surf on the rocks and wall put on quite a show.
We spent many hours at the sea watching the surf, the ships, and the fishermen before sitting down for an incredible Turkish meal nearby. My meal consisted of homemade ravioli covered in a very garlicy tzatziki and hot pepper sauce. Incredible! For dessert, we all shared an order of künefe which is a traditional Arab cheese pastry soaked in sweet syrup. Wow!
A much less exciting activity today was each of us doing our own laundry by hand. Yup, even Aaron. The wind outside quickly dried the clothes.
Later in the day, as the sun set, we sat on a terrace where Mary-Anna and the girls had Turkish apple tea and I had thick Turkish coffee (a small cup about 1/3 filled with coffee grounds and hot water).
As always, check out my pictures in the gallery on the right side of this page. I added those above and others to the Turkey gallery today.