Well, that’s a bit of a misleading title as ‘strolling’ is currently impossible along the stretch of Fethiye harbour now known as Phase 3. Yesterday, battling a bracing breeze, we went out with camera and picked our way through rubble, diggers, steamrollers, piles of stones, workmen and traffic that insists on taking this (closed) route instead of just cruising down the parallel main road.
This traffic situation is a phenomenon that remains incomprehensible to our brains no matter how long we live in Turkey. Cruise along a main road or crawl through mass construction at a painfully slow rate, smashing bits off the bottom of your expensive car in the process. Main road every time for us – but each to their own, as they say.
…And in this photo, too. What’s missing? …Oh the joy to watch the deconstruction of the overhead electricity cables. There are those who think the coastline along this stretch of Fethiye should have been left well alone – but surely no one can argue that clear, vast, open sky isn’t better than thick, buzzing cables (because they did buzz!) overhead.
Many a photograph in our Fethiye archives has been ruined by a cable cutting straight through the scenery. Many is the hour I’ve sat with photo editing software, airbrushing out a cable that went unnoticed at the time of taking the photo. Well no more in this part of Fethiye! The cables have been run underground and the concrete poles and cables are disappearing, one by one.
And further along, still? At the moment, there is no work going on along the final stretch towards Çalış – and what the plans are, we have no idea. But up to this point, where the new mini marina is, almost everyone now has new drains, cobbled side streets and pavements, parking bays and underground electricity…and, for now at least, the construction teams are hard at it, all day every day. Happy days! Looks as though Fethiye harbour is going to make it onto our Fethiye Must Sees & Dos page some time soon…