Photographer's Note

About 15 miles southwest of the passage between Cape Taslik and the Bes Adalar (Five Islands) on a Monday, you recognize at the horizon the silhouette of türkish motorsailers (Gülets) on their way for a “blue voyage”, just leaving the golf of Antalya, heading for Kekova Island.

Mavi Yolculuk (Blue Voyage), a term first used by the turkish author and poet Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, who was born 1886 in Crete and died 1973 in Izmir.

1925 he wrote an article in the newspaper “Resimli Hafta” (Week in Pictures) hitting the nerve of the government in a way that he was exiled to Bodrum. Today, we would say, he appreciated more and more his “open arrest” and enjoyed the “blue voyages” with the fishermen. As the authorities noticed his feeling so happy and well in Bodrum, the last part of the exil he had to spent in Istanbul!!!

1957 he settled down in Bodrum, where he started to romanticize in his novels and books about the blue voyages, stories about fisherman and the sea; ancient history too.

End of the 70’ fishermen started to pep up their boats to accommodate guest for a cruise – the birth of a fleet of gülets started.

He became famous under his nickname Fisherman of Halikarnassos ( the ancient name of Bodrum).

Today, those boats, you faintly can discover at the horizon, are an essential component of the Turkish coast.

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