Work was done for the day, and we wanted a beach day with a long, leisurely Greek lunch. We arrived at Emperios and chose To Kyma for the random reason that it was the last restaurant in a small row of outdoor tavernas. We were warmly welcomed and seated in a breezy shade (mid-July) and told we could use the sunbeds, beach and all facilities for the afternoon.
We ordered the goat in red sauce which was extremely delicious, but for light eaters, could be heavy for a warm summer afternoon. We also had the fried zucchini with garlic sauce, a side of sauteed vegetables (zucchini, bell peppers and carrots), and a dish called 'greens'. Our server wasn't sure of the English translation, but my guess is a type of sauteed dock leaves.
Other amazing highlights include a traditional Kalymnian mermizeli salad, made with dried millet/barley bread called peksimet that sponge divers used to carry for long journeys, which is resuscitated with water and drizzled with a tahini sauce, feta cheese, onions and ample tomatoes.
The friendliness of the service, great conversation with knowledge of the area and happy tummies led us to a swim and lie down. After a dreamy snooze, we had the best mojitos we've had for years (not too sweet).
It's always exciting to charter a gulet during its maiden season, albeit the normal teething problems that can be expected.
Queen Duru is a 2019 Bozburun transom stern gulet with 7 cabins and 5 crew, all of whom are family. Southern Cross Blue Cruising had her third ever charter on Queen Duru in August, and she performed brilliantly for the mid-range level. Featuring two captains, a female chef, deckhand and trainee, her twin engines ensured a very comfortable cruising speed. Her spacious flybridge allows guests to actively participate with the captain when in motion.
For 2020, she will have a second generator and motorized water sports.
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The Southern Cross Blue Cruising team is in full swing as of mid-August, 2019.
We've mid-way through approximately half of our charters for the summer, continuing on through mid-October.
As always, Cemre Junior and Cemre IV performed outstandingly in a tandem charter in the Doedacanese Greek Islands, including a Catholic mass on the Greek island of Kos. Let's Dance and Aeras were also in the Northern Dodecanese, and Zeynos cruised the Aegean Turkish coastline with a group of Aussies, Brits and Americans. Coming up in September are cruises on Smyrna and Sebahat Sultan, as well as another charter on Cemre IV. Trippin had a lovely, fun group of three couples on board with the usual wonderful accolades due to Owner/Captain Ali's culinary and professional jazz skills.
It's the maiden year of our 2018 launch 3 cabin gulet Vita and feedback has been excellent.
We have also had a number of high end day trips from the Kempinski and Mandarin Orient hotels, for those wishing to dip their toes into the sea before booking a full week.
OK - it's just plain wrong to come to Turkey and go out for a Chinese meal. Except that it's not, when you're at the Chinese Inn.
Located in the outdoor Oasis shopping center in Bodrum, the Chinese Inn opened its doors in 2003, with many in doubt about how successful chopsticks and Peking Duck would sit with the local population.
This relatively authentic restaurant has thrived, and is consistently full at lunch time with its well-priced open buffet. The food is just as one would expect at a mid-range Chinese restaurant in any major city outside of the Far East, and and now also bravely features sushi. During today's visit, the sushi was extremely fresh and featured a warm eel roll which was outstanding. A welcome break between mezes and kebabs.
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