On June 21 we left Ayvalik to catch the ferry to Tenedos, a small island on the northwest corner of the Aegean coast of Turkey. By all calculations we should have made the 1:00 pm ferry very comfortably, but since we left about 20 minutes later than planned, we made it to the boat by the skin of our teeth. The ferry ride was only about 30 minutes long and it was an easy one. Its name comes from “the island of Tenos” and it is located almost directly across from the ancient Troy.
The island has a quiet lifestyle, it has quaint narrow streets with old houses. At the heart of the town is a large medieval castle last restored by the Ottomans after they captured the island. In the evening they illuminate the castle which creates a nice contrast against the night blue sky.
We checked in at the Kaikias Hotel run by a very pleasant woman. Our room was comfortable with all the amenities, even a mosquito net essentially for decorative purposes. We rested until 5:00 pm then went out to tour the island. We drove around the island, saw very nice scenery and stumbled on the most beautiful display of wild thyme fields, all in bloom (another post about that later). We returned to town and had a very nice dinner at Yakamoz Restaurant, viewing the castle from the harbor.
Here are some photographs from the island, more to come.