Under a glorious blue sky, we wandered the narrow winding streets of the coastal village of Amasra. From a high bluff above town, we watched a pair of dolphins attend to a small fishing boat, and admired the rugged north coast of Turkey as it dropped off precipitously into the glistening blue waters of the Black Sea.
Back in town, we carefully meandered past colorful stacks of tomatoes, plums, figs, and other fresh produce in a bustling open-air market, where change for our fruit and vegetable purchases was given in handfuls of grapes, rather than coins. A stroll a few blocks further revealed a gorgeous sandy beach lined with restaurants. Some of us took advantage of makeshift changing rooms to don our swimsuits and slide into the cool, clear water, a perfect respite from the late summer sun.