The main reason we came to Turkey in the first place was for Dad to attend a meeting in Kusadasi. That meeting was today, so after an early breakfast we said goodbye (‘Güle Güle’) to Bergama and headed for Kusadasi. For the first time we encountered no roadworks, and no scarily narrow roads, so we were here by 11.30. The meeting is part of a conference, so they put us up at the conference venue, a very upmarket resort called Pine Bay Holiday Resort. It’s right on the coast with fabulous water views from every room, several swimming pools, a beach, and lots of bars, cafes and restaurants. The tariff is “all-inclusive” – you wear a wrist band, and then you can eat or drink for “free”. It feels so indulgent!
While Dad was at his meeting, I entertained myself at the resort. I found a spot with a view and a comfy chair and caught up on emails and my blog. I had a little “Face-Time” with my family hearing all about the great Sydney Swans win over Adelaide (AFL – Australian Rules Football – for the uninitiated). Go Swannies!! Then I set off to explore the resort, which is seriously big. I was so worn out from my exertions I had to sit at the beach bar with a gin and tonic under the shade of a palm tree – it’s a tough life, but someone has to do it.
Our evening meal was a grand affair. It was part of Dad’s conference, so together with around 20 engineers from Turkey, USA, Japan, Russia, France and the Netherlands we were treated to a sumptuous feast at one of the waterfront restaurants here at the resort. I’ll let the pictures tell the story! Fortunately (for me) they hardly talked shop at all, and it was a very nice evening.