A bit of everything today -- long day

Trip Start Apr 19, 2010
Trip End Jun 06, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Monday, May 17, 2010

Today will turn out to be the busiest of our tour, visiting old ruins, natural wonders, mud baths, hot springs, another boat, sea turtles and a fish market.

We started the day by visiting the 'ghost' village of Kayakoy, a Greek town that was abandoned in 1923 when the government of Turkey and Greece decided to do a 'population exchange'.  This forced thousands of Greeks out of Turkey and likewise forced Turks out of Greece. As a result this town became a ghost town and now is a museum.  After the visit, we had tea, Turkish coffee, soft drinks and so on outside the village.

On to the river town of Dalyan, to take a river excursion. We had a close up look at the Carian rock tombs and the ancient city of Kaunos. Cruising down the river we passed rock faces covered with these tombs. We stopped and visited the city of Kaunos, another Greek ruin, to see the amphitheatre and other buildings. This used to be a very important trading post but the river silted up and the boats could no longer traverse the dense marsh grasses growing in the river. We walked across the ruin and rejoined our boat on the other side.

We were off to the ocean front for some swimming but the wind and waves made that impossible however we had quite a surprising treat in store. This beach is an important nesting ground for Leatherback and Green Turtles and this is egg laying time. From the boat we managed to see several of these huge creatures, what a delight!  After deciding that the weather was not conducive to swimming or even relaxing, we headed to the boat and travelled to the mud baths and hot springs.

Several of the group were keen to jump into the mud and try its reported healing properties.  Being your skeptic correspondent, I chose to observe and record the antics of the participants, including Jacqui.  From the depths of the mud, the mud people showered off and plunged or crawled into the hot spring pool. Not all claimed it was an enjoyable experience, I believe JB found it 'interesting'.

After another shower to wash off the sulphur smell, we retreated to the bus heading back to Fethiye for dinner and sleep. Tonight we went to a fish market where the non-veggies amongst us (all but JB and I) picked a fish from a fish monger, paid for the beast, they delivered the fish  to our restaurant, one of many in the marketplace, who then prepared fish, added salad and bread, charging 5 lira for the effort and, of course, sold drinks to wash the stuff down.

Finally back to our wonderful hotel to fall asleep and have the dreams of the worn out tourist.
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Jill on

Are you going to see Bodrum or Kusidasi both on the Agean coast?

Julie Balfour on

You mean the mud smells like sulphur? Ugh, not the sensory experience I'd hope for... Love the image of oversize turtles!!

balfour_tony@hotmail.com on

The mud bath sounds interesting I'm not sure if I would go in either.I bet you'll be glad to get home.Tony the plug!

Eberle on

Love to hear about your travels. Is the Turkish coffee good? If the whole family clan was with you I bet I could get Tony into the mud baths :)

dhensby on

I am with Tony on this one, the mud is not all it is sold as.

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