(riveting start to the blog, I bet you're excited!)
First you head up to take a look at the rock tombs. These tower over the city on the rocky slopes surrounding the town. Carved by the Lycians around 300BC, they are impressive to behold! Seeing them all smashed through tells of tales of grave robbers. But we could only look from afar. There was a little toll booth set up to get into the big tomb, but no one was there to take our money, so I had to be satisfied with taking photos from the road.
So then we decided to scale the hill to see the ruins of an old castle built by the knights of Saint John. Was a fun climb, especially since we went the untrodden way. But at the top there really wasn't much to see. It looks far more impressive from below!
On the way down we passed by several old ladies tending to their goats. One took an
interest in us and started talking. She took us to an area in the old town where there were more rock tombs carved. It's so funny to see these ancient relics next to someone's washing hanging out to dry. In this town old sarcophagi are everywhere - even lying in the middle of the street. This old crutched lady walked in and over these tiny rock ledges to show us the tombs, and she was telling me to watch my step!
Since we had the time, we got a little work done on the bikes. My tires are getting bald and I've had some slow leaks developing. Forming a friendship with a fellow cyclist who was staying at the same pension as us, we went off together. He needed to have his front wheel trued and I got a set of new tires. Not the ones they brought us mind you. Those were terribly thin 'made in Turkey' tires. Instead, they ended up taking the new tires off of a display bike to give us. I wonder what tires they will substitute there?
While we were waiting for the tires to come off, I watched a man walk his goat down the
street. I guess the pickings were slim that morning as far as food goes at home. So he tethered his goat and let him eat all the plants and garbage that was lying around along the road. 'So what did you do today, Honey?' Such a productive pastime!
We attempted to cycle over a mountain to take a look at what was on the other side. It was supposed to be abandoned villages, butterfly valleys, and the most famous stretch of beach in all of Turkey! But the pouring rain put a quick end to that and instead we ended up eating my 'bike'made olives from Greece under the overhang of a rock.
I was also able to go around and finally bought a warm sweater! I've been looking for one for quite awhile. Silly me, I didn't pack one at the start of the trip. I thought we were going around the Mediterranean and all...
Took a meal at the Fish Market. This is a big attraction in the town. Fishers come in with
their fresh catch and deposit them here. In the middle of the square, every type of fish you can imagine is sold. Around the outside edge are restaurants with grills ready. You go and choose your fish, they gut it and fillet it for you right there. Then you carry your food to the nearest restaurant and they cook it up for you with bread and salad for about $3 Canadian. Nice! You could eat there endlessly with all the selections of seafood available!
We found out the best shop in town to buy baklava and brought some back to the pension to share while we chatted and played backgammon.
Also made a stupid purchase (I hate being stuck in cities sometimes). Caved in and bought a nargila. It was lots of fun to try out and smoke on a rainy night. But now we're carrying it on the bikes?!? Sometimes I wonder about our lack of judgment. LOL
Funny, I used to think that waiting for the drier to run it's hour or two long cycle was too long to wait at times. Now waiting 36 hours or so for your clothes to dry is just the way it goes...
What do you do when you desperately need to do laundry, there are no driers, and it decides to rain? Well...