Hellas Tourist Trap

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
Trip End Aug 01, 2007

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Arrived in Rodos (Rhodes) at 8 in the morning just missing our connecting ferry to Turkey. We now had 7 hours to kill in Rhodes Town on Rodos. The ferry ride to Rodos was smooth sailing. Daniel and I splurged on a shared cabin since I wasn't feeling well and 15 hours on a deck chair just wasn't appealing to us. With my computer and his Ipod we watched movies till we passed out for a good nights rest. The next day we knew was going to be exhausting figuring out where in Turkey we were going and how to get there. I'm really getting used to Daniels motto "On the Fly."

Now that we had 7 hours to kill we had plenty of time to wander the streets of old Rhodes and see this medieval town. Leaving our bags at the port I found the entrance through the fortress walls of Old Rhodes. Being so early in the morning the streets were almost bare. All around there were remains of old churches, towers, castle walls, and a maze of streets with walls at least 12 ft tall. As we walked through the maze we found the main street and at first glance new it was going to be a hellish tourist trap when everyone woke up. Stalls, stores, cafes, and restaurants lined every corner of the street with the shop owners busily getting ready for the tourists. Every turn we made was the same and with the time drifting toward noon the streets became crowded with hordes of people. All I wanted to do was get out of this mayhem.

Ever so slowly the time came to board the ferry to Turkey. After port taxes, visa lines, and passport check points, we boarded the ferry to Marmaris, Turkey and settled in for a relaxing hour boat ride out of Greece. Getting excited, but not sure where we were going, Daniel and I borrowed someone's guidebook and made a feverish attempt to figure out our route through Turkey. Both of us were in agreement that the underground cities in Capiddocia were not to miss and of course Istanbul. Having seen most of the ruins in Greece and the city of Pompeii in Italy, I felt the ruins in Ephesus could be missed. Wanting to see more remote areas of Turkey, we picked a location on the map to head for that night. That small town on the southern coast of Turkey was Fethiye. Little did we know it had so much to offer and would make a dream of mine come true.
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