Sometimes a picture is worth no words and just a stomach grumble. That was my reaction when I found this picture, a stomach grumble. As you can probably guess from the table cloth, this woman was making “pancakes” (crepes) for tourists on blue coast cruises in Turkey. What you can’t see is that she’s sitting in a row boat and her husband was rowing her from yacht to yacht selling these at 10 lira a piece. Delicious. She would roll out the dough on her wooden board, lather it up with your choice of toppings and heat it on a convex pan.
We were of course those touri on the boat and this woman arrived two days into our four day blue coast cruise. You can only imagine the on board excitement when the Italians, Americans and Australians aboard realized she had nutella. Whatever that jar of nutella cost her, I’m sure she made two or three times the amount in profits. If you’ve ever been to SE Asia, her creations were very similar to the pancakes street vendors sell in Vang Vieng, just with a little more atmosphere.
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IF YOU GO: Turkey’s blue coast is stunning and there are various boat trips along the coast. Major cruise lines use Kushadasi as their port, but for backpackers the majority of boat trips leave from Fethiye or Olympos. It’s definitely worth it to take a boat, even if it’s just a kayak for the day, along the coast as the lagoons are beautiful and perfect for swimming. The area is popular with British vacationers and backpackers so don’t be surprised by the plethora of tourist accommodation and restaurants. Buses run regularly throughout Turkey, although you will likely have to transfer to get to Fethiye or Olympos. If you’re flying, check for cheap flights to dalaman or Antalya.