Wednesday, October 24, 2012

We’re lucky that we have grandparents that still love hanging out by the beach.

So we spent one afternoon together relaxing, reading and sunbathing on the beach at Ölü Deniz near Fethiye. The beach, known as the “dead sea” in Turkish, is only 14 km (9 miles) from the city center.

“Now, this is what I’m talking about,” said Grandpa, as we walked across the small pebbled beach at Ölü Deniz. They found the stones more difficult to walk on compared to the fine sandy beaches of Florida that they frequent.

For two months every winter in the U.S., our grandparents usually hightail it down to Florida (like other seniors their age). Grandpa, who’s Italian heritage means he tans as soon as he even looks at the sun, loves being by the water. 

The slightly overcast sky meant the beach wasn’t overcrowded during our late September visit. Last year, we visited the beach in mid-October and it was just as quiet then.
You can watch yachts sail in and out of Olü Deniz.
There also were plenty of people taking advantage of the perfect weather temperatures and paragliding at Ölü Deniz. Every now and then while Grandma and I were reading our books, we’d look up and comment on the paragliders that we saw in the sky. It’s definitely one sport I’d rather be a spectator safely on the ground than a participant.
Eventually with trepidation, I stepped into the aquamarine glass-like sea water. The sun had warmed me enough to where I needed to cool off. However, the water was a bit colder than I would have liked and goose bumps instantly formed on my skin. Grandpa and my husband were already chilling out in the water.
This is one of my favorite photos of grandpa and my husband sitting in the beautiful water together at  Ölü Deniz. 
Grandpa thought it was cool that he could now say he’s “dipped his toes in the Mediterranean Sea in Asia.” Wait until all his retired friends back in the US here that!

Grandparents say the darnedest things.
On the other side of where we stayed at the beach is the lagoon area of Ölü Deniz. 
This area is mainly populated by families with small children. 

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jaz@octoberfarm said...

what a wonderful trip they had. i bet they have endless stories to tell their friends.

Alyson said...

I tried the paragliding in Oludeniz and it was one of the best experiences of my life! Even being afraid of heights, I'm still glad I did it. Perhaps on your next trip?

Julia said...

Love that photo of your grandpa and hubby in the sea! :) İ've never tried the paragliding either - and don't intend doing. İ leave the adventure to Barry who has to stuff like this all on his own or bully a friend to join him. :)

Joy said...

@Joyce, great trip indeed! Now, I havee to compile the 500 photos I took into a photo album for them.

@Alyson, congrats on braving the sky by paragliding! I just can't see myself doing it, but maybe hubby will one of these days. :-)

@Julia, thanks so do I! My silly brother-in-law asked if they were skinny dipping bc he couldn't see their swim trunks. not in Turkey!