Blue Lagoon, Rock Tombs and More of Turkey

Trip Start Jul 25, 2010
Trip End Nov 21, 2010

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Flag of Turkey  , Muğla Province,
Monday, September 20, 2010

We are officially leaving Turkey today. We were supposed to leave on Sunday the 19th but the advertised "Car Ferry" didn't actually accept cars because customs is closed at the port on Sundays. Because of this we ended up spending 2 extra nights in Marmaris, Turkey and will have to spend 2 less nights in Rhodes. Today will be our last border crossing for awhile since we are reentering the EU. We are pretty happy about that since it is always a bit stressful going through the borders with the boys and never knowing how it's going to go or how long it will take to cross.

Our last few days in Fethiye were spent hanging out at the pool, the boys getting haircuts at a Turkish barber shop and swimming in the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon was so nice! It is perfect for kids! It is a huge lagoon with clear warm water and a sandy bottom. The water is perfectly calm so Carter can swim in his water wings (aka his Muscle Wings - thanks Jill & D) just like he does in the pool. Ryan and Carter swam out to the floating dock and had a blast jumping off and going up and down the ladder. The big highlight for me was the snorkeling. I haven't snorkeled since the time I broke all of the coral and basically had a panic attack swimming with the stingrays and sharks at the reef in Belize. The Blue Lagoon seemed the perfect place to ease back into snorkeling, since I do love it - and it was! It was a ton of fun and I feel more confident about getting back into the open water again :)

On our way out of Fethiye we stopped at the Lycian Rock Tombs. They are pretty amazing. They are tombs that were carved into the rock cliff faces in the 6th century BC. The craftsmanship of these tombs is unbelievable. They carved everything to look like it was wood - they even carved nail heads into the doors to make it seem as if they were nailed together. The tombs look pretty eerie to me, which makes sense I guess since they are tombs. There are multiple sites all around the South West Coast of Turkey where the tombs are located - and they are a must see when in Turkey!

After Fethiye we drove to Marmaris (about a 2 hour drive West of Fethiye) to catch the car ferry that doesn't accept cars :) We ended up getting a fairly nice cheap room that had a nice pool for Carter and just hanging out for the past 2 nights waiting to catch the ferry today. The pool has a little water slide that is really fun, and a small children's pool which Carter loves - since he hasn't been able to stand up in any of the pools so far. Last night we went into town to get Donner Kebabs and Carter made friends with a group of Turkish kids in the square at the Bazaar. They played bottle cap soccer and ran around shooting each other with their finger guns :) It was so fun to watch him!

Side note - Ian's favorite food of the trip so far - Peanut flavored Cheetos! YUK! But he absolutely loves them and stops fussing every time he even sees the bag brought out :) Also all of the other tourists down here that we have met are either Irish or English and they all think Ian is such an "Adorable Wee One" (said with an awesome Irish accent) - so that has become his new nickname around here - "The Wee One".

Off to Rhodes on the ferry (hopefully) later this afternoon! We are sad to leave Turkey - but also ready to move on and see new things! Goodbye Turkey - We will be back someday!

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Jill Smails on

I like the name -"ewee"! You all look so tan and healthy :)
Continue a safe and fun filled ya guy's

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