Exploring the Upper Keys

by Paulo 10 years ago 2 comments

Good Morning!

For the past month I was waiting for the right wind direction that could push us to the upper keys back and forth. Finally this weekend conditions were favorable to head to Sands Key, 25 miles away. Overall it was great solo sailing both ways. I had to shorten the main sail on the way there to keep the healing under control. It worried me not making the entry before dusk but I barely made it to Boca Chita Key at around 5pm. Anchoring outside the harbor was a bit scary since the tide was low and I could see the bottom closer that I would like to. It was almost dark and running aground in the night wouldn’t be fun.

It was a pretty spectacular starry night away from the city although something made the boat swing erratically around 2am, perhaps a sunken tree branch or tall grass tangled in the rudder. I woke up to find a display of full rainbows popping up in front of us just in time for a granola-bar & banana breakfast. Before setting sail I dove under the boat to check the rudder; mysteriously nothing was found.

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Turkish Reads

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The Turkey trip was enhanced by two great books. The Museum of Innocence, by Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk, which is both a novel and a museum, takes place in Istanbul between the 70′s and the 80′s. The main character is an obsessive collector who safe-keeps and documents all objects touched by his beloved, including the 4,213 cigarettes she smoked in his company. The book is definitely worth reading although at some point the main character will make you pull you hair in desperation.  The museum resides in an old Ottoman house located in Çucurkuma hill, an area that used to be populated by Armenians and Greeks in Istanbul, which is  now booming with antique shops and stores.

“The museum is not an illustration of the novel and the novel is not an explanation of the museum. They are two representations of one single story perhaps.” – Orhan Pamuk

The second book in our Kindle was Portrait of a Turkish Family by Irfan Orga, an autobiographical story that starts during the Ottoman era and ends with the birth of the Turkish republic. I’m not fond of long books but I would give this book a 9/10! With a magnificent historical background, the story is a vivid picture of the joys and struggles of a Turkish boy and his family during the decadence of World War I in Turkey.  Pretty good travel material if you will!

Portrait of a Turkish Family
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We recently came across this image on Pura Tierra Eco Village’s Facebook page and couldn’t agree more. Thought we’d share it:

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2 Istanbul Jewels and Baklava Overdose!

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Istanbul’s main attractions steal all the attention from visitors but we found there’s a handful of sights tucked away in remote areas of the city that should not be missed. Today we headed to the Chora Church which is considered to be one of the finest surviving examples of the byzantine era. The frescoes and mosaics in this little church are in perfect shape thanks in part to the plastering made by the Ottomans when they converted it into a mosque.

After a succulent Kebab lunch in the western districts we headed to the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, designed by Mimar Sinan, the most renown architect from the Ottoman empire. The interior walls and columns have great quantities of Iznik titles making it a feast for the eye.

Lat but not least, Baklava Overdose in Karaköy Güllüoğlu The real origin of Baklava is unknown but this thing is so delicious no wonder why both Turks and Greeks claim it as a national dish!

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Portrait of a Turkish Breakfast

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Fairy Chimneys & Turquoise waters – Turkey leg 2

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Our stop in Cappadocia, specifically Goreme was just what we expected; amazing geography and history but highly exploited by tourism. It did lend itself for some fantastic hikes and pictures. Kaymakli, an ancient underground city 8 stories deep was definitely a highlight. We avoided the tours, just boarded the local bus and hired a local guide who made the tour of this city very interesting.

Continuing our journey south and after an overnight bus we found ourselves in the Turquoise Mediterranean coast which felt amazing after such a long road trip. We headed to the port of Kaş, and before boarding our gullet (a wooden sailboat), strolled the streets of this quaint little fishing town which we totally fell in love with. The gullet crew had lunch ready for us and before sunset we set sail, starting a 3 day cruise along the western Mediterranean coast which turned out to be a fantastic trip. Our daily activities included exploring bays and islands, reading, swimming and enjoying great food prepared by the gullet crew. We disembarked in the port of Fethiye where we visited a carpet merchant that came highly recommended before heading back to Istanbul.

Continue reading: 2 Istanbul Jewels and Baklava Overdose!

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More Turquoise Coast Pictures.

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  • Juan Andres says:

    Un abrazo les mandamos !!!!!
    Claudia y Juan A

  • Natis says:

    Paulis & Flaco,
    Que delicia de paseo!! Se ve todo espectacular…espero todo el detalle de los tips & tricks!
    Siganla pasando rico.
    besos y abrazos!

  • Edwin says:

    Que Bien Paulorro!, buena experiencia para ponerla en practica con tu Velero…
    La foto de la s Chimeneas esta buenisima, me da la impresion que son nidos de hormigas

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Back on the road! – Turkey Leg 1

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Twelve months ago we were back from our one year adventure. Not much has happened on the travel front since then, but chance (and a very nice wedding invitation!) had it that we were to be in Turkey this time and here we are simply loving it! We arrived in Istanbul six days ago and have nothing but good things to say about this country.

Istanbul is a superb city, with surprises everywhere and a mix of cultures, architecture, smells and sounds that is a feast for anyone. Just the food scene is already worth the trip! With just a few days to spare is hard to fit everything you want to do in Turkey. So without it being easy, we left Istanbul (with plans to spend our last weekend there before we fly home) to see other cities and towns. Our first stop: Safranbolu – an idyllic little town (declared UNESCO heritage) with stone streets and wooden Ottoman houses that have been beautifully preserved. Very little tourists, 100% worth it.

For more pictures of Safranbolu, click here.

Today we are taking a long bus trip to Cappadocia located in central Anatolia. We have mixed feelings about this stop, sensing that it’s a bit too touristy but we decided to take a shot at it. Let’s see how it goes… Continue Reading: Fairy Chimneys & Turquoise waters – Turkey leg 2

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Uniting Colombia

by Paula 11 years ago 2 comments

La Tierra | Playing For Change from Playing For Change on Vimeo.

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I stumbled upon this picture which brought many memories.

“India is beyond statement, for anything you say, the opposite is also true. It’s rich and poor, spiritual and material, cruel and kind, angry but peaceful, ugly and beautiful and smart but stupid. It’s all the extremes. India defies understanding…”

— Sarah Macdonald, Holy Cow

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Travel Inspiration

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MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

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