Santa's Summer Home?

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
Trip End Jun 28, 2009

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Arriva III

Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Aegean Coast,
Monday, September 29, 2008

We had another early wake up call this morning - we motored out about 5:30 to go another five hours away. But this time, I just went right back to sleep for a while. We got to place called Oludeniz about 11:00 and Luqmin took us ashore in the dinghy. There are high mountains that go right down to the beach and a huge wide white sandy beach. We first went to a national park where we splashed and swam in a protected lagoon while mom went for a run. Then we walked to the sandy beach, which is actually mostly flat smooth rocks. The water got really deep about five feet from the shore, but I just jumped the waves on shore. We also watched all the paragliders sailing down off the mountain - there were tons of them. That was great. We got ice cream and walked back to meet Luqmin in the afternoon to go back to the boat. It looks a lot like Cape Town, and the wind started picking up this afternoon, just like in Camps Bay.

We sailed to Gemiler Island from the beach, which is covered with Byzantine ruins. The ruins are called St. Nicolas. Some people say this where Santa Claus (or St. Nick) came from. We are going to explore the island and ruins tonight before sunset. They say that Alexander the Great came through here and the people immediately surrendered. The town was a province of the Romans for a long time.

Five minutes ago, I jetskiied!!! Dad and I went around the harbor, going at least 35 miles an hour! And I got to drive the whole time. It was super fun! It felt like it was going to tip over sometimes, but that was fun, too! I can't wait to do it again sometime!

At sunset, Luqmin took us on a hike up Gemiler Island. They say that this is where Santa Claus came from, because the island was the home of St. Nicholas, but I did not see any thing that looked like that. The view from the top was amazing - the sky was pink and purple and there were huge clouds. We had to find a safe place to stay tonight because the wind is really blowing and the waves are huge. It was rocky night, but I slept anyway.
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