At last the coast!

Trip Start May 13, 2011
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Trip End Aug 14, 2011


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What I did
Drove to Kas and stopped at an underground cave on the way

Flag of Turkey  , Antalya,
Saturday, June 11, 2011

Have a look at the view, it's a stunningly beautiful coastline, no wonder it's so popular with Turkish and foreign holiday goers. Memis says this area is really popular with Russians who come out of their hotel, swim, go back to the hotel and swim some more, oh and drink lots! There are hotels in Turkey that have signs at the entrance stating that Russians are not welcome (they drink lots, get drunk, make lots of noise and it upsets other guests) and hotels that are just for Russians! Anyway it's a beautiful coast and I can see why they come here, especially from the Russian winter. 
We stop at Phaselis, a city founded in the 7th century BC and was a commercial trading centre for the Lycians. It is said that anything could be bought here, including citizenship and if you were having a rough day with the family you could sell your Wife, Mother, Sister…. imagine how guilty you would feel when you got home and Dad said "Have you seen your Mum lately?".  Phaselis was a thriving city until the 12th century and was then superceded by the rise of Antalya, where we are heading too. It is a beautiful place, ruins, a beach, trees and for us a place to dip our toes in the warm Med Sea for the first time, Bliss! 
As it's been a big travel day and only the one stop at Phaselis, so Memis offers an extra stop that is not on our itinerary that he is sure we will love… underground cave…. somewhere, sorry Memis, I was listening. It was so worth it, although very cold, as caves are, this cave is natural and not carved, stalactites and stalacmites and mineral deposits that are so colorful. The water that goes through the cave come from the mountain but as it is summer and all the snow has melted on the mountain there is little water moving but our walk leads to a turquoise blue lake, just breathtaking. The plan is that next year people will be able to walk to the lake and then take a boat out into the river, must put that on my list of things to do… might need to email Memis and find out where it was though.
We are staying in Kas tonight, a beautiful village with a population of only 4,000 but when tourists arrive they have up to 100,000, there really doesn't seem to be room for all those people and we are all really pleased we are here before that time. Shopping is great, locals very friendly and the beer is very cold, and being on the coast the fish is really fresh and we have seabass for dinner. Bougainvilleas don the white washed houses, it really is a picture. 
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