A beach stop at Cirali and the Chimaera
Trip Start Feb 23, 2008
104Trip End Jun 05, 2008
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A small mini bus picked us up so we could head down the coast to Cirali -- the drive to our first stop was pretty much the same as yesterday through picturesque green mountainsides. Just before lunch we stopped at the ruins of Phaselis, founded around the 6th century BC. The aqueduct is in really good condition - it carried water from the hills to the city. It had beautiful harbours and baths and a huge theatre. With a little encouragement from us our guide EG sat us down and sang a song - the sound in the theatre was amazing no matter where you sat. Our old friend Hadrian had showed up here too as there was a gate in his honour -- he really did get around
We laid down on the beach and warmed up and read our books then went back to the hotel and chilled. Dinner was at the hotel and after we all rugged up in layers to walk up nearby Mt Olympos to see the Chimaera.
After we passed the rabid german shepherd (if it was off the leash i would have been very very petrified!) we walked about 20 mins up the hill with our torches and eventually came to the flames.
The flames are natural and its thought that there are gases (probably methane) that seep from the earth and rocks that cause them to occur.. its really quite amazing and I really should have thought about bringing the marshmallows! Bizarre sight...
We settled by one of the bigger flames with the 2 bottles one wine that we had bought up - didn't take long to drink them and it was hard to get off our butts and make the trek back down - so warm and cozy and peaceful up there... !