Olympos

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Flag of Turkey  , Antalya,
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Our next stop was Olympos which ia an ancient Lycian city in the bottom of a valley on the coast.

It was very much a Hana stop as every time you wanted to go swimming you had to go through parts of the ancient city.

The first night we did a quick walk through on the way to the beach so Chris could have a swim, vy then there was no sun so Hana wasn't silly enough to be tempted to get in even through Chris thought the water was really warm.

Our a yummy breakfast ( our first breakfast with freshly cooked eggs) we headed down to the beach but via a longer visiting the ancient city route. We visited some old temples in the bush, a bit Angkor Wat like, saw a turtle out for a stroll, visited a tomb and a church with mosiac floor and some other random old walls. We managed to get a lovely spot for a swim as we claimed one of the few beach spots under a tree so we didn't need to worry about sunburn. The water was lovely and warm (except in places were it was freezing) and we had to swim over old ruins to get into the really deep water which had huge rocks in it.

After a couple of swims we climbed up the hill to see the old castle which was very cool. While we were up there a policeman came running up, asked some questions in Turkish, and then ran back down again. Very weird.

On the way back up to our hostel we visited the ruins on the oth side of the river. They were really hard to get to from the beach, but we finally got to a path which had some police sitting smoking of it. Where they were sitting was an amazing marble floor which we walked all over. After leaving and walking up the river another 2-3 metres we found a large no enterance sign to stop people going where we had just been!

That night we went to see the chimera (eternal flames). The Chimera is depicted was a three-formed beast; a lion in front, a python in its hinder parts, goatlike in the middle. They were amazing and it was still comforting to sit around a fire in Turkey in summer after having walked up a big hill!
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