Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The best birthday ever on board Alis 1

Wow! What a fantastic birthday I enjoyed yesterday. As this was such a big deal - the 60th, I had thought long and hard about how I would celebrate this special occasion. Then suddenly in a flash I realised that the very best thing I could think of would be to hire Ali Tugsat's boat Alis 1 for the evening and I could not have made a better decision. We have hired Ali's boat Alis 1 privately twice before and were so impressed that I wrote a piece about the Calis co-operative boats and Ali's boat in particular last year.


So with Ali's boat booked and the birthday cake ordered from the amazing cook Granny's Orange I was able to enjoy a quiet and leisurely birthday. David insisted that he do all the housework yesterday so I was truly spoilt. How nice was that?!

Our adopted daughter Aylin drove all the way from Antalya to join in the celebrations and arrived at lunchtime with pide from the village so I didn't even have to prepare any food yesterday - what a joy!

We enjoyed an afternoon of catching up and then went down to Calis on the dolmus where we all met up for a drink before we went to Ali's boat.

As always we received a warm welcome from Ali and his family. It was lovely to meet not only his mum again, but also his lovely new wife who joined us on the trip. They had gone to the trouble of putting decorations on the boat and some friends had brought balloons and banners so it was quite the birthday setting!

I extolled the virtues of hiring Ali's boat last year but I make no apologies for repeating my sentiments now, because to us he is the perfect host. His mum does all the cooking and after a swim in incredibly warm water and watching the sun go down, we yet again enjoyed the awesome food that she cooks. It is Turkish home cooking at it's absolute best. I have never had food that comes close on any other trip or indeed in many restaurants. Worth the trip for the food alone believe me.

'Mum's' cooking - Turkish food at it's very best Yum ......

.......... yum ...............

............ yummy!

Feeling rather over indulged Ali put some music on for us so we could dance a bit of the excess off before the grand cutting of the cake. We opted for mainly Turkish music and also had great fun attempting to dance to Zorba the Greek, which of course gets quicker and quicker as it goes along culminating in tangled limbs and lots of laughter along the way.

After some of the guests enjoyed a night time swim, it was time for the cake to be presented. Then a wonderful surprise when Ali set fireworks off from the front of the boat.

Here comes the cake ..........

followed by surprise fireworks from the front of the boat!

The ride back to Calis at night is always a joy with the views of the lights of Calis and Fethiye town, and was a perfect ending to a perfect day. Thank you to all my friends, Sam for her wonderful cake and to Ali and his family for making it such a special and memorable day. A great time was had by all.

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