February 26 - 28
Last Friday Paige and I took a bus ride up to Antalya with a small group of cruisers for some retail therapy and a classical violin concert.
We left at 2:30 PM and our first stop was at Bauhaus shopping centre in Antalya. Bauhaus is similar to Home Depot with the added bonus of boating stuff. We had 1.5 hours, so Paige and I took the opportunity to window shop and peruse the stores at a leisurely pace. Paige was able to find a treasure box that actually looks like a chest and I found much needed socks.
We hopped on the bus to grab dinner at a Turkish fast-food restaurant. The service and food were good. Once we finished, we left for the concert as we needed to pick up the tickets an hour before the performance. This allowed us to take a look at a photo exhibit that was displayed in the lobby. There were some excellent pictures. As we entered we noticed ladies had carnations in their hands. It turns out that they were being given out in celebration of women. It was a welcome surprise.
My favourite part of the concert was the conductor (who reminded me a little of Danny Devito) and the harp. It was a great experience and I look forward to going again before we leave Finike.
|the cruisers that participated in the concert|
|Paige in her element|
|photos in the exhibition|
|the performers entering|
|tuning the instruments|
|the violin soloist and conductor|
|waiting to play|
|at the end of the performance|
|preparations for the tasting (notice the bucket of water waiting for the can)|
from left to right: Haus, Maggie (s/v Calidore), Kerstin & Paul (s/v Kerpa)
|akavit (schnapps) and the tin of fermenting herring|
|preparing to watch the opening of the tin by Jeff (s/v Nawii)|
|Paul about to explain the history of sour herring|
|Jeff preparing for the opening|
|Jeff enduring the task (as he opened the can the wall of noxious smell hits)|
|removing the can from the water after it has been opened most of the way|
|Paul finishing the job|
|Kerstin preparing the fish for tasting|
|Pia preparing herself for the taste|
|this is during (I needed the schnapps to get it down)|
|having happy birthday sung to her|
|enjoying the lovely weather and company before lunch|
|smoked salmon, eggs, cheese and bread|
|Shaun in heaven with his rice pudding|
|Janet and Janna serving the pudding|
|Paige hanging around|
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