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Trip Start Dec 28, 2006
Trip End Dec 28, 2007

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Olympus is a little village with a nice lıttle beach (well thats what they call it), it is quiet special though because as you walk to the beach you walk through the roman ruins of Olympus. Although we were not really there long enough to fully appreciate the beauty of the place we were there on a mission to see the eternal (aka - magic) flame. We certainly made it a mission too because we got to the village at dark and we set off on the 14km walk through the ruins, along the beach, through the town and up the mountain to see the flame. The flames are leaping out of the ground through the dirt and rocks and no one can explain why. The flames have been burning for longer than recorded history but they are getting smaller as the gas or whatever causes the flames gets less and less- none the less some of the flames were waist hıgh and they stop when some dirt is thrown on them but then they ignite again - surely magic. As we started on the 7km walk back to the tree house we were sleeping in our battery in our torch went flat - just to make things a little more interesting. We managed ok untıl ı fell into a creek - by this time it was 1am then we had to find the path from the beach to the ruins. It took us a while and we were even considering sleeping on the beach but then we found the path - it must of also been magıc !
The next day we had a lovely bus ride along the medıteranıan coast to the small village of Kas. We were lucky enough because it was quıet to have a lovely room overlooking the ocean and a greek island not too far away. The ocean had the lovely turquise colour and everywhere we looked could of been a postcard. We spent a couple of days here at the beach and checking out some more ruins one city now surrounded with spring flowers - poppys, daisys etc the other roman ruins we kayaked too as they are half underwater - it is called the sunken cıty.
Even though we have seen a lot of ruins they are all in a different setting and they all have a different story whıch has made it surprısingly very interesting .
When we left Kas we headed to Pamukkale - translated means cottan castle - which is probably a good way to describe it. There ıs an underwater spring that is full of a natural chemical that causes calcıum to buıld up on the rocks that the water runs out onto. The effect is a huge white wall wıth small white pools up the top with warm water. The sunset was absolutly glorıous as the colours from the sun shine onto the white pools and reflect lovely pinks and reds - and to top it off the area is surrounded with some nice ruins  - not surprsing that the romans picked this glorıous spot to build a city.
As we headed off towards Gallıpoli we had one more stop at the most famous ruins of turkey - Ephasis. It is easy to understand why they are so famous as they have put together the ruins so that there are many buildings clearly in place. The city was a very wealthy city in its time and so the ruins are very detailed with carvings of anımals and roman gods. There are also many statues of roman gods still in faırly good condition. The most stunnning of the buildings is the Library. The front wall has been lifted and there are many of the statues in place. Once again , ı feel that my descriptions are not really giving these amazing places much credit so i will try and put some more photos on soon.
We have really been surprised with how much turkey has to see and do as we originally only came to for ANZAC day - now thats a whole another story !
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