Following the path of Alexander the Great

Trip Start Oct 24, 2011
Trip End Nov 14, 2011

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday, November 3

We're on the move again - we left Antalya around 8:30 this morning and headed north up the Mediterranean coast toward Fehtiye, where we will board our teak gulet (goo-let) for our four day cruise, ending in Kusadasi on Monday. On the way we stopped at Myra to see several amazing things - standing in one place we could see the carved Lycian tombs high on the mountains from 200 B.C and a Roman theater from the 2nd century A.D. Close by was the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicolas (the original "Santa Claus") from the 12th Century , we could see the harbor where St. Paul's boat stopped on one of his missionary journeys and we could hear the call to afternoon prayers from the nearby Mosque. So many great civilizations and cultures have passed through this part of the world, everywhere you look there are ruins or remnants, history and stories.

The alluvial plains along the sea are covered with thousands of greenhouses where tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, and other vegetables are grown year round - 3 crops a year. There are also orchards of many kinds and the tangerines look almost ready to harvest. The coastline is rugged as you travel along the Taurus Mountains, the same route followed by Alexander the Great. Enormous earthquake faults are seen all along and there are many islands, some very close to shore.

We arrived at the marina in Fehtiye around 6:00 and boarded the gulet. We have a cozy room that is about 10 x 10 with our own bathroom and shower. There is a large inside section with a table big enough for all thirteen of us, along with a bar, a large screen TV and a library. The outside deck has a front and back portion with a lounge area for sitting around in the sun and another large teak table for eating outside if we want. We have a captain, a cook and a crew member. We will sleep in the gulet in the harbor tonight and the start on our journey tomorrow morning. We "motor sail" about 3-4 hours per day, leaving the gulet to go ashore every day for about a 3 hour hike, come back on the gulet for lunch and then just enjoy the scenery , read, converse, etc. as we make our way to another cover where we will spend the night. The hikes will take us to places that can only been seen on foot - there are no roads in many of the places, but sometimes a mini bus will take us further. We will have dinner on the boat and then be rocked to sleep by the gentle waves. This is known as the Turquoise Coast because of the deep turquoise color of the water. Hopefully, we'll be able to send some pictures in the next few days.
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