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We have moved onto the lovely city of Fethiye. It is tucked into a broad bay and is a very old town. Unfortunately, a major earthquake in 1958 levelled most of it and left only tombs from 400 BC. It's an incredibly relaxed place and we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves. We have been here 3 days now, and have walked along the inner bay - a natural …
... spare this magnificent structure when they sacked Constantinople. With a fair bit of historical and religious sightseeing under our belt it was time to see what the locals were up to. For that we make our way down to the Galata bridge which spans the Bophorus river connecting the European & Asian sides of turkey. Families fill the boardwalk along the river on the Saturday afternoon. With them are the vendors that make a living at social gatherings. Carts selling roasted ...
... canyon, which went from below knee height in water to nearly waist hight. the water was running extremely fast and their was a strong current so at times it required hand-chains just to get through the water and so that we didn't loose anyone! But it was worth it and the landscape and views were amazing. That night we hit the town of Oludeniz, a very commercial and popular tourist destination with Europeans, particularly the English (the chav type). This town felt ...
... me, and wanted to learn about where I came from, why I chose Istanbul, what my impression was, that of Americans back home, and where I saw my future career heading. Eventually, he brought up whether or not I had visited Taksim Square yet. I quickly replied that I hadn't because of the recent riots, and it would not be for some time before I thought I should enter that area.
The whole situation with Taksim is rather interesting at ...
... After a nice sunset walk along a park and small beach, where Gani comically ran into a different friend every few hundred metres, we had some mantı ("Turkish ravioli") for dinner before all heading home. Nice to see the city from a local perspective, and having some new friends really helped lighten my mood.
I wandered around some more on the third day with Olympio and Guy (England), also from our hostel, and we ended up all over ...
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