In the Octopus' Garden
06 June 2014
Friday 6 and Saturday 7 June 2014: In the Octopus' Garden
We had to leave the Palmiye Hotel pontoon in Orhaniye today as they were expecting their charter fleet to return. Still a bit windy but much better than the last few days. Once we were clear of the bay we put up 'reefed' sails (well, partially unfurled sails) and began to tack our way to the West and around the corner to Söğüt bay in the Bilecik Province, Marmara region
Chris got a real good workout today tacking and reefing the sails as Clio scooted along at up to 8 knots. At around 4:00 we were able with some assistance from the hordes of staff from the Octopus restaurant to berth stern to with wind pushing us sideways. Once we were secure it was time to rest and catch our breath.
We head to the Octopus Restaurant which maintains the pontoon and again the deal is no berthing fees as long as you eat and drink there. We gladly complied and had ourselves a well earned drink or two, which came in the form of medium-sized swimming pools. We then enjoyed a very nice dinner sitting right on the edge of the water watching a beautiful sunset. As it turns out, the restaurant bill is probably twice the price that you would pay for the mooring, but it was well worth it.
It is so pretty here and quiet we decided to stay one more day (or a month or two if our budget would have that kind of elasticity in it) in the octopus' garden (thanks Ringo).
The next day it was a perfect day for a swim and then sit back and watch the boats come in. It was really the first time Francis took the time for a long snorkel with his little treasure, the Hero Pro camera that comes with a underwater house. It fits in the palm of your hand and it allows very high-resolution video recordings, up to 1920x1080 pixels. The footage you can shoot with this little gem is amazing. We have so far shot 64GB of video in over 300 files. Merging it into one or two videos will give us something to do on a rainy day.....