|Hüseyin Karasu and me, outside Mozaik Bahçe|
A misleading title; it was lunch and I didn't get any.
Last week my permanent house guest and walker was invited to lunch. Usually in these circumstances, she takes me for a long walk from 11 to 12 and then leaves me with some tasteful music, a full water bowl, a few bone-shaped meat-flavoured treats, full access to the sofa and then she heads off for a couple of hours. I don't mind being on my own, it gives me time to think about my writing commitments. This lunch date was different. It was in Fethiye. Three hours drive away and obviously 3 hours back. Add the 3 hours or so she would spend gossiping and eating, there was no way I could be left at home for 9 hours. So the lunch acceptance email was phrased thus: "I can come but lunch has to be at a dog friendly restaurant." Trip advisor was consulted, the top 10 restaurants in Fethiye chosen and emails sent asking if cute pooches were acceptable dining companions. Only one restaurant replied. Stand up and take a bow MOZAİK BAHÇE. I hear the food was great, the prices very reasonable, the staff friendly and for lone diners with canines, there is someone who will hold your four legged friend while you go to the loo. (An unimagined problem for couples with dogs). My mistress wants you to know that if she had been researching places to eat, she would have forsworn Trip Adviser and only been advised by Turkey's for Life because Julia and Barry really know where to eat and drink in Fethiye.
Did I like Fethiye? Yes until 4pm, when a brown labrador in the marina made some very rude comments as I passed and then took a chunk out of my thigh. He mostly ended up with a mouthful of white fur but my rear end and dignity is still stinging.