Turkey Beautiful Coast

Trip Start Mar 04, 2004
Trip End Jul 02, 2005

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Wednesday, April 6, 2005

A combined Barrett and Tina contribution:
After Cappodochia we bussed overnight to Olympos, a tree house establishment in a
beauitiful valley with forests, snow
capped mountains resembling Lake Rotoiti in NZ and a coastline exactly like
Kaikoura complete with tunnels.
There are many tree houses in Olympos
because, being an archelogoical excavation site they are forbidden to
lay down concrete roads because they are often unearthing ancient
ruins. They capitalise on this by using innovaive ideas like tree
hut accommodation! It is the quiet season in Turkey which means we are
able to negotiate cheap prices but unfortunately very few people are
around, so we are really losing out on the partying side.

Still we met a wonderful American couple in Olympos, each studying
their MA's in London in
International Relations and the Economics and Environment, and they
followed us to Kas, a town which we originally visited for
the adventure activities such as kayaking and horse-trekking
Barrett did horse
trekking in Fethiye, he soon realised they were using him to break in
the horses for the season, as they went sideways, and bucked, and
did anything but behave!

Meanwhile, I was being shown around a "ghost town" = Kayakoy = which
has been abandoned ever since the 1923 population
exchange when the Greeks were forced to leave Turkey. The newly-transferred Turks refused to live in the houses but stole all their roofs and
windows to build their own settlements!

In Kas Barrett swam in the rather chilly, but gorgeous, Aegean sea and the next day we took a daytrip to see the 'sunken city of Lycian Kekova' which was
not a city at all but two ruined walls! But a good relaxing day on a
boat in the sun with Adam and Lizzie (above), an alcoholic Auzzie, and
a Yale/Harvard/Oxford graduate with "a photographic memory, the rarest
bloodtype, and the rarest ability to sing both the top and bottom
notes of a scale" = a reason he attributed to being selected to star
in Broadway and flown between the States and UK for a term. And he's a Skull. Interesting company.
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