The Med!

Trip Start Apr 09, 2006
Trip End Jun 09, 2007

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Flag of Turkey  , Muğla Province,
Thursday, April 27, 2006

I feel as if I've finally made it to The Med. Bodrum is a beautiful coastal resort community with some of the famous blue-green waters that I associate with The Med. Although it has a reputation as a major party city, I'm well ahead of the summer crowds and as a result the city was much more relaxed. Many cafes spent the day sanding and refinishing the thousands of chairs that line the waterfront.

I had a great time one evening chatting with an Israeli dude that was staying in my room. He gave me tons of great advice and I'm now pumped for my visit there. There was an English pub playing great tunes below our hostel where we ran into a group of about 15 kids (really...they were all 18) in a foreign study program in Izmir. They were mostly Brazilians, but there were also a few Americans and others. One guy was from Springfield, MO...not far from where I grew up.

All in all, things are pretty quiet. Not a lot of other travelers out there & I hope to start running into more!

Listen up class!
As ancient Halicarnassus, Bodrum was the site of the tomb of Mausolus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Of course, this is where we get the term mausoleum. I didn't visit the site because I didn't feel like paying 5-10 YTL to see a miniature of what some THINK it may have looked like.

I did visit the Castle of St. Peter, which houses the much-esteemed Museum of Underwater Archaeology. The museum was fairly interesting as everything in it was recovered from the sea. The extra 5 YTL to see the Glass Boat isn't worth it - skip it. Unfortunately I didn't get to see the sarcophagus of Queen Ada. Only discovered in 1989, Ada died in approximately 350 BCE and was probably the sister of Mausoleus. The castle itself was built in 1402 by the Knights Hospitaller. It was rebuilt in 1522 by The Crusaders using stones from the nearby ruins from the Mausoleum.

I have a few pics AND a USB port, but forgot my cord. I'm off for the 5 hour bus ride to Fethiye.
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