Trip Start May 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 11, 2012

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Aspendos, Mediterranean coast and Kas

Flag of Turkey  , Antalya,
Saturday, June 2, 2012

Not a solid sleep. I eventually got up around 0530. The left foot is probably fine. I would have preferred not to put a bandaid on it last night but I did not want any possible blood on the sheets. The call to prayer was not only very muted but also seemingly more a low key recitation of something different. I wonder if the hotel has some sort of arrangement with the nearby mosque.

Warm shower water indicated the bit of abrasions from the tire. Had a tea and ate my last banana. The balcony door has to be the heaviest such contraption I've ever encountered. Would prefer to wear sandals but for protection may have to wear my running shoes. Will probably forego my morning mosque hunting as a precaution.

Nice brekkie outside, the warm sun on my back. Read up a tad on the next couple of days. Rather posh brekkie, the chocolate bread with nuts my favourite item. Will wear shoes rather than sandals as concession number two today. A lazy time w/o my mosque hunting. Down by 0850. Watched a bus/van/taxi standoff waiting for the slowpokes to arrive, only leaving at 0909; the guy with the wonky leg used the stairs, people.

Told Sharif I was 'so so' when he started his spiel. He talked about the Lycian Federation, the first democratic federation in history [large cities got 3 votes; smaller ones, 1 vote]. The Lycian Way path is 509k, connecting its various cities. An hour until the Roman city of Phaselis. The sunlit Taurus Mountains to the west provide a nice backdrop. A stretch along the coast was nice. Here you can ski and swim in March.

Some tankers in the Mediterranean Sea as we continue along D-400. Twinning a tunnel was the day's first road construction project, 3 tunnels in all of almost 2.4k in length. Really, Robert, 'irregardless'? I think we are going in lockstep with a shorter Peregrine tour who are generally longer into geezerdom.

Mount Olympos seen at 0959, barren of trees near its summit. At the turnoff for Phaselis at 1010, Madame noting the zinneas. Phaselis is on the coast. It is fairly well preserved. Had not previously heard Romans built theatres to seat one-fifth of the town's population, a guidepost for historians. I retraced my steps back through the site, trying to get the local kitty lined up under a Phaselis sign. Did a bit of lens scrubbing. The camera seems to be grinding sometimes when turning it on and off; it may be on its last trip.

1144 departure, 9M late, Madame saying she couldn't see our bus. Ever think of walking amongst the buses to find our bus, Madame? Had said to the Melbourne Mob the bane of group travel is people being late, Di noting everybody has been late but me, prompting me to tell her it was going to stay that way.

Took the L shoe and sock off to let the big toe breathe a bit. An immediate loo break meant we did not hit the highway until 1157. Lyn asked about my foot and I thanked Ms Nightingale for her concern. Except for the occasional forest, what parts of Turkey that are not under cultivation are seemingly under road construction. First camper vans/trailers seen in this country [likely rentals], Ahmed passing such tortoise-like set-ups with workmanlike skill.

1215 inquiry for a 'small lunch' of pancakes, stopping 7M later at Sahin Tepesi for a mixed [cheese, potato, minced meat] pancake and freshly squeezed orange and pomegranate; a tasty and quick lunch 10TL. There are greenhouses galore down in the valley. Paul advised current Aussie thinking is wounds should be bandaided for 7 days. Left at 1313.

Kumluca is the greenhouse capital of Turkey re vegetables. Sharif then gave us a spiel on Hannibal. I don't know what it had to do with Turkey. We were hugging the coastline again, including through the town of Finike and its turquoise blue harbour At 1346 we had 74k to go to reach Kas. There were many inlet beaches, some deserted coves. Some fishermen were seen. Some drivers are wreckless re blind corner passing.

Past the largest fish farm in the country at 1405. The road is twisty as hell. Beymelek is a contender for greenhouse capital of the country. Passed through Myra of St Nicholas' fame. He was a bishop here. St Nicholas could bring the town an urban facelift. 45k to go at 1419. The panorama shot above Myra was mercifully over and done with at 1430. As we ascended, we left the coastline.

The 1459 Kas panorama was better. The town has only 7,200 people. There is a Greek island off the coast. We were at our hotel by 1515. Got the wifi sorted and the journal updated and now time for a walk, dinner being at 1930.

Put on shorts as it's been too hot and we are really into tourist country now. Headed out and spied the Melbourne Mob. Meandered with them down to the wharf area where there were lots of restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. Ran into the Canberra Crowd, joining them for an Efes 5 TL. Walkabout with the Canberra Crowd thereafter for a bit, hitting a market where I bought a large raki which should do through the trip and sundry other items 57TL.

Down to drink the Efes dark with Paul poolside, the Melbourne Mob coming along and then Madame, Robert trundling along in due course. The almonds [masquerading as pistachios] were a big hit. Up to update the journal before 1930 dinner rendezvous.

Walked to Smiley's Cafe and Bar for dinner at the far end of town. Manager had a voice that would grate on you. Had the Smiley's special, including fish, shrimp and calamari; it was fine. Some discussion re Sharif's Kurdish scarf and Aboriginal issues in Oz. Quick look in the Sarbic Cistern, attached to the restaurant. Back after 2230.

Pix downloaded, finalizing things left for the morning, conking out before 2300.

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