night the stars crowded close to the earth.
As I approached the Gulf of Saros, I leaned
out of the open window of the car and listened.
The only sound was the chorus of cicadas. In
the moonlight, the fields of sunflowers, tall
slender reeds, olive trees, and pine forest
were all dark blue. We would have to wait for
sunrise to see the shimmering waters of the
gulf, its surface forming a ceaselessly changing
pattern in every shade of blue, from the palest
turquoise to the deepest lapis lazuli. Saros
at the northeastern extremity of the Aegean
is celebrated for its pure turquoise sea, virgin
coves where pine woods descend to the sease
edge, beautiful sand beaches perfect for long
walks, and above all diving. All these attract
visitors during the summer months and at weekends,
particularly from Istanbul.