After we climbed the mountain last Sunday (and, of course, after a break for lunch and the purchase of village produce), we got back into our minibuses and coaches and drove on. We were obviously not heading back the way we came. The road ran along a ridge with steep drops (and spectacular views) on either side. We were able to watch a buzzard hunting. Our outing was clearly not over as we stopped for half an hour in Gölçük to take photos and buy more vıllage produce.
We were both rather taken wıth Gölçük. It’s a pretty little town on a lake, clearly laid out for local tourists (rather like Ahmetbeyli, our favourite beach). There were some hotels and pensions, a few restaurants and a whole line of stalls selling village produce. We will be returning to Gölçük – it looks like an ideal gettaway for a few days in the heat of summer. It has enough altitude to be noticeably cooler.
After Gölçük we stopped in Bergi where we completely failed to take in the famous tourist sites. We did not manage to locate the famous Çakırağa Mansion. Instead we bought village produce and drank coffee with an excellent view of the famous Aydınoğlu Mehmet Bey Mosque. We’ll just have to go back and look at those places properly!