Kuşadasi, Turkey - May 18, 2008 - As the sun sets on the part of the Aegean that forms the Turkish boundary waters - the port of Kuşadası becomes once again a silhouette -- shadows marking yet another journey across these ancient seas as we set sail for farther ports. From Athens, and from the west, Kuşadası, the gateway to Ephesus and Izmir, is often the last Aegean port of call before heading into the the Sea of Marmara en route to Istanbul. It has become a constant in my twenty years of travel.
Nearly out of site now, the warm breezes blowing from the coast continue to tease the air with the subtle hint of jasmine and honey -- beckoning our return. And once again we promise that return -- hedging our bets against an uncertain future.
Tonight, in the full throes of hypnotic slumber that only a sailing ship can induce, we will continue up the Anatolian coast past the ancient cities of Troy and Pergamum -- places hidden both by time and the darkness the half-moon betrays.
In that sleep, we might dream of our day here - the friendly curiosity of the merchants who enjoy a good chat over apple tea; winding our way through the new bazaar while lamenting the old one that we'd come to navigate by memory; the sticky, honeyed-sweetness of the local baklava (it would prove to be the finest of our journey); the laughter of boys plunging into cold harbor waters on a hot spring day; and the enduring patience of the lone fisherman casting along the quay for his meal.
We do not journey here for pleasure, my friends and I. As we sail out of this familiar port we've grown to love over the years, standing once again on a ship's bow under the golden light of the setting Anatolian sun, we need no words to understand our fraternity with those that have traveled these same seas, plying their trade for thousands of years.
Somewhere along the way we have been initiated into that long history of travelers lured by the call of another way of living. And in that kinship we know what the real dream will be tonight as we somnambulate past those ancient cities. From this very same spot in the world -- Odysseus began his long journey home and we too, travelers by trade, will discover that the sweetest dreams are woven from those cherished memories of home and we long, again and again, for that epic return.
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What a wonderful picture and a wonderful place on earth
What a beauty!
very very beautiful, wonderful.
Superb picture, the colours are fascinating
very beautiful picture with beautiful colors
Beautiful photography, excellent. Congratulations
Wonderful text, beautiful pictures.
I don't remember at all when I visited Kuşadası last time ... too many years ago ... unfortunately ... I'm sincerely touched by your photo!
p.s. I'm waiting to see your Istanbul sky shots! :-)
A fantastic SW post with a beautiful view and charming words... Thankyou.
As usual, a perfect photo!
I'm happy to meet a expert of Torino like you, La Crocetta is always a great and beautiful district and Gianduiotto and Bicerin are more and more enjoyable.
Your photograph is lovely, with its subtle shades. And your words are poetic. You make me wish that I could travel with you.
It's nice to feel connected to the history of the place. What beauty. God bless.
perfect catch for SWF! Hope to see you around in my corner too..
This shot is just fantastic! It's stunning!
Have a nice weekend:)
I was transfixed by this narrative and the photo. Thank you for taking me there.
The scene begs for comments on it's glory.
Beautiful tranquil sea. Very nice writing.
Great Aegean Sea shot.
That is a beautiful picture. Wow, thanks for posting that one!
Is your avatar for real or was there photo enhancement? That has to be the most compelling, dynamic, electric photo I've ever seen.
totally artistic captured...
A wonderful evocation of the joy of travel. Thank you.a
Gorgeous photo! Wonderful narrative! Thank you!
Wonderful sky. I really enjoyed this photo.
We were in Kusadsai a couple of years ago. Your beautiful photo brought back the feelings for me again. Thank you very much. Have a great weekend.
Are you sure you are an amateur photographer - this is awesome!
Thanks for coming by mine.
Such a clear skies and excellent colours. Very good story too. Thanks!
what a scenery!!!!! and very beautiful text
Ahhh, she sighed. Beauty in words and sights. Thanks.
Very beautiful picture! It looks so peaceful there!
Lovely place and so peaceful. Thanks for visiting my blog. :)
Wonderful text and glorious image.
hi TR. Thanks for the visit. I will e-mail you about the art you asked about. This is such an amazing post, the evocative words and the serene and perfect photo to go with them, makes my feet itch even more than they already do!
What a wonderful picture, the colour is amazing.
A superb photo with very interesting text.
I can see why it's a favourite spot, so very peaceful.
Thank you for such a lovely narrative about a lovely, peaceful place.
Your photos and perspectives are wonderful.
TR- it's nice to get to come along, virtually, on your summer journeys- what a wonderful description and beautiful images, naturally.
Good travels, my friend!
I don't know which image I adore more. Your beautiful photograph or your beautiful word pictures. Your writing is as magnificent as your photography. I love your words. Karen
I don't know which was more beautiful, the photo or the prose. Great post.
Your photo is wonderful. I've always have wanted to go to Turkey - then again, I saw that about everyplace on the planet if I haven't been there.
T.R., I answered your question about the camera lens in the comments section of my Skywatch post. Thanks for stopping by to see me.
It's not often that a blog post moves me to tears.
I entered Haifa Port for the first time on a ship out of Italy. You capture the feeling so eloquently.
What a great picture. Friends have just got back from Turkey and loved it.
That picture is so beautiful...and so is your description of the place and your journey. I've really enjoyed reading your post - thanks for sharing!
Your photo was lovely, but the post was exceptionally well done!
What a wonderful place. The photo is great and it was fun reading your thoughts...
how very heart soothing, I would love to see it in person. What a wonderful thing you are able to do..
Wonderful photo and words to follow!
Thank you thank you for this wonderful post ..both the picture and the writing are exquisite and perfect....I dream of visiting here more often...
That is stunning!
That is a beautiful picture.
This is a beautiful post. My husband's family once owned land in Turkey that was right on the sea. This makes me think of going there someday.
I love your blog. It's really beautiful.
Thanks for the nice note you left on my blog. I'll probably post a couple times a week instead of everyday for awhile, and see how that works. Time isn't my friend right now. :)
Looks a lot like home, very serene. Nice capture!
Superb Sky Watch photo!
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Beautiful! You have really beautiful photos in your blog.
Your photo is stunning. But your words, Tim, leave me speechless. Really. Your story is like watching a movie that takes me away from here and your attention to detail is complete -
...the sticky, honeyed-sweetness of the local baklava
Beautiful photograph and excellent post!
Gorgeous subtle glow from afar!
wow! I live near this Island in Kusadasi and have taken 100s of shots of it at various times of the day but none are nearly as good as this.
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