Cuffysark arrived in Kas (pronounced Kash) on 25th October 2019 to settle down for the winter. We purposely arrived now as we wanted to be in Turkey for Republic Day which was 29th October and is in celebration of Turkey’s independence and as you can imagine is a big event. There are processions and bands. The square of Kas was filled with tables for people to eat. We managed to book a table at a restaurant just off the side of the square
We also arrived in time for the Six Nations rugby so we gathered together to watch the games. Something we took for granted pre CV!
I was due to fly back to the UK again on 4th November unfortunately I had to dash home before that as my Dad, who was terminally ill, had taken a turn for the worse and so I flew home on 31st October and didn’t return again until the end of February. The world once being a small one, it was easy to jump on a plane and be home within 24 hours of booking a flight, not necessarily the case in these strange times of the Corona Virus. Sadly my Dad passed away on 16th December, but I was able to be there and look after him at home and spend the last weeks of his life with him.
Ian and I arrived back to Kas on 27th February, it was strange to be back home on the boat after four months. I was looking forward to discovering Kas and some of the surrounding area before the start of the sailing season. “All best laid plans ….”! Well it wasn’t meant to be as on 16th March the lockdown began in Turkey. Only supermarkets and such like would be open. They later announced a total curfew for people under 20 and over 65, they weren’t allowed out even for exercise. We did get a chance just ahead of the lockdown, to catch up with my cousin Sue and her husband Rick who lives just up the coast which was really nice and got to have our last meal out as the following day they closed the bars and restaurants.
We could have been in worse places for the lockdown so we are definitely not complaining. During lockdown we could go out for shopping and exercise but we also had regular curfews where you weren’t allowed out at all, these normally co-incided with the weekend, when the authorities anticipated more people would be out and about. It also become compulsory to wear masks in public places and in supermarkets. In late April we were given permission to go out to an anchorage so we left for Kekova which is about 20 miles from Kas. We went out for just the one night as another curfew was due and we had to be back in the marina for this. Before we left the Marina, they checked that we were in fact 65 and under, cheek do we really look 65, yes I know they were just doing their job. On arrival at Kekova the coastguard came alongside and again checked we weren’t 65 or over as this age group was still on permanent curfew.
At Kekova is the sunken city of Simena which was destroyed by an earthquake in the 2nd century. On the opposite hillside is the Castle of Simena. Normally it would be possible to look around it but the Coronavirus put a stop to that.
It was announced early May that we could travel AND barbers and hairdressers were going to be allowed to open on the 11th May. So myself and Karen from Copycat, were fortunate to have our hair cut on 12th. Two days later on 14th May we set off and left Kas behind until later in the year where Cuffysark would spend its second winter. Hopefully we will get to see more of Kas in the winter.
October 2019 – May 2020