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Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
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Saturday, July 26, 2008

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We left relative paradise and drove to a place where the entrance to heaven and hell was meant to be. It was a giant gorge where at the bottom sat a cave that very much looked as if you could entre hell through. It was another very hot and humid day, but by the time (500 or so stairs) we got to the bottom of the cave things were getting quiet chilly! We had a bit of an explore and enjoyed the coolness before climbing back up the stairs and sweating so much we must have looked like we had gone for a swim.

We then drove to a place renowned for having the best fish in Turkey. Narlikuyu was a tiny little town, but it had about 10 different places to eat. We chose one at random and were shown to a seat right next to a very cute little bay. The water was a brilliant blue colour and very inviting. The Restaurant didn't have a menu, instead we had to go and look at the fish and decide what we wanted. The waiter then said, do you want chips, salad, calamari, to which we said yes. Well by the time they had finished brining all of the different plates of food out our table was covered. I am sure we hadn't ordered half of what was on our table, but it was there. The fish was delicious and the calamari fantastic. We ate way too much, and then left to drive to Anamur.
We made it 5 hrs later, after driving over about 6 different mountains. The winding (not so great) roads did lead to great views, and after every hr or so you would come down the mountain to a fertile little valley covered in banana trees with a little beach lapping at the sand.

The camp site we stayed in was very basic, but was right on the beach, and next to a huge castle. You were meant to pay to get into the castle, but a little path lead up from the beach, so we took that and ended up right in the middle. It is meant to be the best preserved castle in Turkey. I am not sure if it is or not, but it was very cool. There were so many places you could wander into and explore, go up stairs and up to different levels all inside the building. We had a good wander around and went back to the camp before it got dark. The only other people at the camp site were an older Italian couple we seemed to be running into ever since Cappadocia. It was very amusing to pull up and see them again.

We left at a reasonable time the next day to drive to Side. I had read that it was touristy, but wanted to go there all the same. My god we should have avoided it, it was just crazy and not all that appealing. There were some very good ruins, including Apollo's temple, which we saw at night. It was the most intact temple I have seen, and I thought it was just great even with the other 50 or so other people there.
We left British package holiday capital pretty quickly the next day and headed for Olympus. What a cool hippy backpacker retreat! Dave even got the peace sign thrown at him as we were driving Clive in! You have the option of staying in a tree house or a bungalow here, and since our tree house was on the ground???? We opted for the bungalow in stead. We have air con and even our own bathroom, so are feeling very upper-class.

The hippy retreats make there way down a dirt road towards the old ruins of Olympus and then to the beach. The biggest down side is that you have to theoretically pay, to get to the beach. This is because you have to pass over the ruins to get there, and even though it is only 2YTL it still adds up. The beach is only pebbles again, but they are little so ok. The water is fantastic and clear and cool. It is so deep as well, and even though there are a heap of people about, it doesn't seem to matter. I love it here, but I think Dave feels it is a bit over done and crowded.
Tonight we are going to have a look at the chimera flames. Back in the day they though they belonged to an imprisoned dragon, but just turns out it is trapped methane gas that explodes when it comes in contact with the air!

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