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Summer On the Chesapeake Bay

With the wedding date inching closer and closer, it was time to jet home to America and spend a few restful days before the whirlwind of matrimonial hoopla!

There could be no better place to kick off my sandals and catch some rays on the dock than a little waterfront cottage on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Bedroom Upstairs

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The perfect place to lounge away the hours… and the best feature is the view!

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Barefoot on the dock, watching the ospreys glide over the water, with fishermen pulling up crab pots in the distance – the perfect spot for a cool drink in the sunshine.

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And you never know what kind of crazy creatures you’ll catch at the end of the pier!

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Maryland’s Eastern Shore is my all-time favorite spot on earth for lazing away a summer afternoon, preferably in a sun-dappled spot in the shade steps from the water’s edge.

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Except someone’s already beat me to this perfect hangout!

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For dinner, my Uncle Ed whipped up a mean bayside feast – a coastal favorite called Low Country Boil. You boil up a pot and throw in the shrimp, potatoes and corn-on-the-cob with a melange of specialty spices.

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Then dig in!

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The next morning, I rose early and scampered down to the pebbled patio with my mug of coffee. Daybreak is the most peaceful time on the bay, when there’s still a slight damp chill in the air and the water is smooth as a mirror.

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But there were already two little birds out there chirping away!

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Flag

Flag waving

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As the morning hours dwindled, we decided to get dressed and go stretch our legs in town.

And there might have been some wheels screeching on the way there…

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St. Michaels is just one of the many darling historic port towns of my cherished home state. It embodies clean, classic Americana – colonial clapboard architecture, proud maritime heritage, some of the best seafood you’ve ever tasted…

And a regional take on the bloody mary that will leave your mouth twanging with happiness for a month of Sundays.

Bloody mary

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town fish tacos

We had amazing fish tacos at Foxy’s Harbor Grille on the marina, and then astoundingly still had room for dessert, a cone at Justine’s.

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ice cream parlour

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We made it back home in time for sunset on the bay (thanks to a heavy foot on the petal). Smiles and family and a glass of pale pink rose, ice cubes clinking in our wine glasses…

Dock Aunt Judith

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Backyard

It feels so good to be home!

Taking a Hike: Ancient Byzantine Ruins

After a few days on the boat bobbing along the southern coast of Turkey, we came ashore to stretch our sea legs on dry land. We hiked a gravely path up into the hills, encountering some local wildlife along the way.hike hike1

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We emerged from the forest into an open field with ancient ruins in the distance.  hike6

It comes in handy having a fiancé who studied Medieval History. We were able to identify the ruins as being from the Byzantine Empire and estimate they date between 12th and 14th centuries. The Byzantine Empire arose when the Roman Empire split and took the eastern half.  The folks who built these structures would have been Greek Orthodox and ruled from Constantinople (now Istanbul) which eventually fell, after a long decline, to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

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The scholars among us tried to translate some of these huge tablets – but it’s all Greek to me! hike12 hike13 hike14 hike15

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We scurried back down the hill, where our dinghy was waiting to shuttle us back to the boat.

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That evening we cruised into the port of Fethiye as the sun set.

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There might have been an impromptu dance-off on the roof…

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Despite my best moves like Jagger, I think I lost that one.

We pulled into the Fethiye marina at dusk, as canapés were being served on deck.

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After a nibble, we set off into Fethiye for a bit of shopping in the buzzing shops of the bazaar.

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A humdinger of a day – on land and at sea!