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At the beginning of April, Rob and I took our first real vacation since we have been married, and we have been married 14 years! I am going to break it up into at least 3 parts because there are a lot of pictures and we saw a lot.

I am going to start with Yalıkavak, which is a town about 11 miles from the city of Bodrum, Turkey. We spent the majority of our trip here along the Aegean Sea.

We walked a lot of the coastline and parts of it multiple times a day. Here is a map of Yalıkavak.

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Our hotel was located here as well.

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It was a nice little hotel and the restaurant food was delicious. We ended up getting in later than we planned due to a flight delay, but the hotel knew we were coming and kept the restaurant open just for us. We were so thankful because we were starving!

Outside our room.

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A view of the inside.

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We were happy with the hotel, the room, the restaurant, and their hospitality. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

The hotel was right along the Aegean Sea coastline, so the first day that we were there we went and explored the beach areas. Since we were there early in the season, about 2-3 weeks before peak tourist season, a lot of the hotels were just starting to prepare their beach areas. We did find a nice little section to sit and enjoy the view for a while.

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The view was amazing!

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I couldn’t be that close to the Aegean Sea and not put my feet in. The water actually wasn’t as cold as I was expecting it to be. It was kind of refreshing, even though it wasn’t very warm out. It was super windy though, hence the windblown hair in every picture!

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The water was so blue and clear. It was breathtaking!

A view of our hotel from one of the piers.

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We also walked up and down the coastline taking everything in. This was down by the Yalıkavak Marina.

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I loved the palm trees! They were huge!

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Another shot from one the piers. Isn’t that water amazing?!

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It was a lot of fun walking down the coastline and taking pictures. We saw some spectacular views.

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My favorite part was definitely the gorgeous sunset over the Aegean Sea. Does it get anymore beautiful than this?

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As you can see the views were amazing, but so was the food! We were even lucky enough to be able to enjoy the view and the delicious food at the same time.

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The first restaurant we ate at was Le Cafe. They had a mix of Italian and Turkish food.

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Of course, we went with the Turkish cuisine and it was fantastic. We started with börek, which is a flakey pastry filled with cheese.

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For my main course I had Chicken Şiş Kebap with rice.

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Rob had the same thing, only the lamb version.

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For dinner one night we ate at Reis Restaurant. They served mainly seafood, so I experienced eating non-breaded calamari and red snapper.

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We had another wonderful view of the sunset while waiting for our food.

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We started with the calamari. I have to admit, I wasn’t so sure about it when I saw it because I have always had the breaded, but it was really good.

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For our meal, Rob and I split the red snapper. It was my first time eating fresh fish. They had caught it that morning from the sea.

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The next day we ate lunch at Özmasa Restaurant, which was right next to Le Cafe.

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This was by far our favorite restaurant in Yalıkavak. We ended up eating there twice, it was so good. We had great food at a great price with a great view. We couldn’t beat it!

We started with the börek again.

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This restaurant had hummus and I couldn’t resist it. Nor the bread! Turkish bread is the best! I could have eaten just hummus and bread for my whole meal, but I didn’t.

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I did end up getting Turkish Pizza though, also known as Pide. This was the Chicken Pide.

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Rob had Beyti Sarma, which is basically meat wrapped in a tortilla with yogurt.

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And for dessert we split Künefe, a sweet shredded pastry with cheese! So yummy!

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The food in Turkey is amazing! So, I guess it is a good thing that we did a lot of walking while we were enjoying all of these delicious meals.

On Thursday (I will come back to Wednesday in another post), we stayed in Yalıkavak for most of the day and did some more sightseeing. I wanted to go check out Dodo Beach, which on the map didn’t look that far away, but it was quite a hike. Even though it was a bit of a trek, we ended up seeing some awesome sites.

Here are some pictures from along the way.

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A view of the boat yard.

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The other side of the Yalıkavak peninsula.

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On our way to Dodo Beach, we came across Panormus, also known as the Rock Tombs.

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Rob really enjoyed exploring the Rock Tombs.

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A close up of one of the tombs.

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There was a set of stairs, so we climbed them.

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The window at the top of the stairs.

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The view from the window at the top. This was to the right and the road that we walked to get there and back.

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The view to the left, and yes, those are cows on the road. Part of that down there is also Dodo Beach.

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After we finished exploring the Rock Tombs, we made our way down to Dodo Beach. I collected some seashells and sea glass before we decided to hike through the paths on the side of the hill.

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I was a little nervous about doing it, but it was so worth it for the view!

DSC_0625DSC_0652From the hill, looking back towards Dodo Beach.

DSC_0657Although it took us a few hours to walk there and back, it was totally worth it. So amazing!

And then we saw this on our walk back to the hotel.

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The Aegean Sea is absolutely stunning!

We had a wonderful time in Yalıkavak.

Stay tuned for part 2 of our trip, Bodrum!

Thanks for reading!

~Brooke & Rob