More Lycian tombs & still cruising the Med

Trip Start Feb 23, 2008
Trip End Jun 05, 2008

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Friday, April 18, 2008

I was up today before anyone else and enjoyed a fantastic sunrise.... Very special and i was clicking away like mad and taking videos of the rise and the beautiful blue Med & the other 13 sleeping bodies... I hopped back into bed and got a bit more sleep as i had one of the many snorers sleeping next to me...
We all got up just after 8am and packed up our beds so we could put the food table back in place... It was bucket loads of bread with omlettes, tomatoes and cucumbers.    Up on top deck we changed into our walking clothes, pulled up at a small jetty and set off exploring the nearby surrounds.   It was kind of like small lots of farmland with locals families... We saw clusters of sheep grazing and billy goats up on the hill.  Some very old houses made of rocks.    We came across a local family who we chatted to and watched the mumma make bread over a curved dish over fire (like a chapati but 10 times the size).   Their 2 little kids were playing in an old boat but the best  thing was we picked up there little puppy who came along for our walk.   All the animal lovers in the group were pawing over it because it was small, fluffy and cute and had loads of energy.    When it couldn't climb over things to reach us it would start to cry - especially if it couldn't get to EG - it would be hysterical.   We climbed to the top of a small hill where there were plenty of Lycian tombs scattered in the fields.  There was also the ruins of an old building which we climbed along the rim - when we got to one corner there was excellent views of the hills, the small house by the water and the boat at the other end of the inlet -- we could also see the ruins of a building that was partially submerged by the water.   It was a great view and the water was crystal clear and totally inviting - the only thing was I knew how cold it was!!
We made our way off the hill and down to the sea edge where we skimmed rocks like kids.  We saw more ruins and lycian tombs and sarcophagus's down here too.   On the way back to the boat we dropped our tag along puppy back with its owners and said goodbye.  Gem and I led the pack and thought we were close to the jetty but we had taken a wrong turn and had to backtrack a bit ... oops!    Back on the boat we motored around to another gorgeous inlet and pigged out on spaghetti, veggies, potatoes and beans for lunch.   It was a bit cold today and after lunch i hopped back in my sleeping sheet with layers of clothes and laid up the front and read.  The wind picked up so i ended up out the back anyway... All the others decided to go for another walk but Gem & I were stuffed and stayed and chilled on the boat.   I laid on the side and the mumma bought us pillows and soon enough i fell asleep, only waking when the others got back.   By now the sunshine was out and I was refreshed and warming up!  
We set off and slowly drove past the ruins of the sunken city. You can no longer stop or swim here as they are trying to protect the ruins.  They are submerged about 6m below sea level but you can clearly see the remains and the old harbour.  On the hillside there are old houses and steps and foundations.   The ruins are from the Byzantine era and the city was practically ruined by an earthquake.   The weather was really clear and the sun made the water a beautiful bluey greeny colour.   We cruised around and found another bay to anchor in - this was was super still and we could see schools of small fish below. 
We had another massive feast for dinner (a ratatouille type thing that was the best and stuffed capsicum) and later the backgammon challenge was back!   We set up beds in exactly the same positioning as last night - humans are creatures of habit!  This time though i was prepared and had my earplugs.... Tonight was more fun when we laid down and had bit chats before we all fell asleep.... 
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