Ayvalik Travel Blog› entry 8 of 29 › view all entries
Today we were heading to the coast for a couple of days relaxation by the Aegean, we were heading to Ayvalik about 55 Kilometers away. At breakfast we chatted with Joe and Darlene who were also heading out to Izmir. After packing we hung around the Guest House as the Dolmus didn’t come past until 10:30am. The trip to Ayvalik was easy, a Dolmus to the Bergama Otogar then the Ayvalik bus was ready and waiting so we jumped quickly on to that, once again good timing! It was lovely ride through the countryside and we passed through a pretty fishing village called Dikili. We arrived at Ayvalik and caught a 6 lira taxi ride up to our Pension Kelebek which was up in the old town up very narrow steep cobbled streets, glad we got the taxi I wouldn’t have made it with my big backpack!
The pension was gorgeous and of the old Greek style, we were surrounded by narrow cobbled streets with cute little Greek style homes, I didn’t know which way to point the camera first! From the terrace of our Pension we had views over old red terracotta roofs and out over the Aegean, I could see Islands and in the distance the Greek Island of Lesbos, it was all very idyllic. We sat and had our lunch of simit, homemade stuffed cheese pastry which Zehra’s aunt gave us, nutty helva and some other desert which Zehra had purchased. We lazed away on the balcony soaking up the sun and chatting with the owners for about 2 hours. In the afternoon we decided to explore the old town’s cobbled streets and take piccis of the quaint Greek style houses, some were in good condition some were in need of repair. We had a walk along the main shopping strip and waterfront and checked out some restaurants for dinner that evening, I think we were the only tourists in town, I felt like I was off the beaten track. I had a couple of hours to spare after an afternoon of exploration so I sat up on the balcony and caught up on my blogs, it was peaceful and warm, such a hard life!! The evening we went to a fish restaurant that overlooked the water, both Zehra and I tried the local catch its face and tail were still attached, I also tried some local white wine that wasn’t bad. I nice relaxing day and we look forward to another one tomorrow!