We have owned a house and business in the coastal town of Barmouth in Wales for 23 years. Nowadays, it’s a factory outlet store selling the Regatta outdoor clothing range. If you are ever nearby, pop in and say hello to the wonderful Teresa and Louıse. Barmouth is a truly beautiful location, sandwiched between the Irish sea and the mountains of Snowdonia and, although we prefer the climate here, we love it there. Actually, by now I’m looking forward to a bit of rain! Anyway, as Barmouth is a tourist town I must go over to work in the summer. I’m leaving tonight but I’ll be back in a month and meanwhile I’ll try to do some watercolour painting in the hills, but that’s not really relevant to this blog. So sadly, I have to leave you temporarily with this sunset painting of Kaş.
Kaş is a small fishing, diving, yachting and tourist town, with its narrow streets scented with jasmine flowers, and a district of Antalya Province of Turkey. As a tourist town it is still relatively unspoilt. There are plenty of little guest houses, quiet cafes serving home cooking, or small bars to relax in. It has an annual arts festival, jazz concerts in the Hellenistic theatre and occasional underwater ceramics exhibitions. In the early 1990s tourism started booming in Kaş, with visitors mainly from the UK and Germany. This growth of tourism brought an explosion in apartment building and often unlicenced development, which is seriously threatening the landscape and the environment. Particularly affected is the beautiful Çukurbağ Peninsula, west of the town, where many luxury hotels have been built.