A trip to Alibey Island
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Had a bit of a lay in this morning, breakfast was up on the terrace. Today Zehra suggested we go to Cunda (pronounced Junda) Island or Alibey Island as it’s also known. In the summer months June to September you can get a ferry ride to the Island but it was still early in the season so we had to take a Dolmus taxi for about 2 lira. A causeway connected the Island with the mainland. We were dropped off at the seafront which was lined with seafood restaurants. It was still very quiet even though we had got there about 11:30am, not many shops had opened yet. What shops were open we explored and discovered that many of them were jewellery shops, not your flashy gold and silver but hand unique pieces made from shells, beads, bluestone and jade, we were having a ball exploring them! I bought a shell necklace and in another shop we spent ages and I bought some very unique pieces, the lady gave us a cup of tea so we sat out on the steps in the cobbled street and chatted for a while. Zehra got some local knowledge from her and she suggested we see a couple of old Greek churches; one had been converted to a library and cafe and was perched up on the hill behind. We set off up the cobbled streets and found the first church, Taksiyarhis church, it had been damaged in an earthquake back in 1944 and it hadn’t been restored. The outside was intact but the inside was rubble with scaffolding. We walked father up and found the second church perched up on the hill with great views out to both sides of the Island. We went up to the church which had been converted to a cafe, the other part of it was a library. Zehra got chatting to the restaurant owner who showed us the library and explained how the church was also been affected by the earthquake but was restored. It was very lovely and they had done well in its restoration.
After exploring the church we headed back down to the waterfront for lunch, the lady in the Jewellery shop had recommended this restaurant so we thought we would give it a go. The food was delicious, we had kofta and tried all these side dishes we had a real feast and we were right by the water! About 5 cats joined us hoping to get a feed, we gave them some leftovers! I though Egypt was the cat capital of the world but Turkey beats them hands down; I’ve never seen so many cats in the time I’ve been here. We sat by the water for a while watching the fisherman and enjoying the view of the Islands as nice as it was we couldn’t stay here forever! So we sought out desert. Zehra was told about this great cake shop that had a local speciality so we went to find it. The cake shop was in an old stone building, we sat down and tried the local delicacy, it was a pastry made with fetta cheese and soaked in syrup, it was like a cake type donut it was very nice. We also bought some biscuits to eat later. With all this food we decided to take a walk along the waterfront back towards to mainland and burn it off! Of course we stopped via couple more shops on the way. It was getting late so we caught the dolmus taxi back to Ayvalik and spent the evening in catching up on blogs and packing for tomorrows trip to Selcuk further south.