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Flag of Turkey  , Denizli,
Wednesday, August 6, 2008

4/8-6/8

Oludeniz home to the blue lagoon was our next stop for a night, so we could figure out where we were going to go next. What a disappointment, it sounded so beautiful and the pictures looked wonderful, but we minds well have been at Glenrock back at home. The main beach was nice I suppose, it was a vey nice colour blue, but really the whole place was not what we were expecting. We ran into the Italian couple again, and they cooked us some nice home made pasta.

We left early (well 10am) the next day and headed to Dalyan, to look at nearby Kaunos and the beach. The Tombs carved into the rock wall were the best ones we have seen, and we had a full English breakfast (yes, I know but I haven't had bacon for months!) and looked at the tombs. The beach was a 12km drive away through nice country side. The beach hasn't been developed like everything else in this region as it is one of the last nesting places for the loggerhead turtle. So it was nice and quiet, and we walked about 1km away from the crowd at beginning of the spit and enjoyed a beach with out 500 people. There were even little waves and we body surfed for a little while.

We decided to continue driving and ended up at a little tourist town called Akyaka where there was a big car park near the river and we settled in there for the night. A British couple walked past us at one point and were very excited at seeing Clive, they said they had one exactly the same and couldn't believe that we had driven it all the way from England! They had traveled the world extensively, so we chatted to them for a little while.

Now at Pamukkale going to look around later when it is cooler, and hopefully less people. Dave has just been abducted by a Turkish man to play backgammon!

Pamukkale was both amazing and disappointing. I am not sure if you have seen pictures of this place, the white calcium travertine pools with the crystal clear amazingly blue water. Well, a lot of it is dry and off white, and the few pools that do look nice are surrounded by the miserable off white dry areas. Nether the less, it is still a very cool place and to think what it must have looked like before mass tourism got its hands on it. The other very cool part of Pamukkale were the ruins at the top, Hierapolis, were well worth the trip. It contained the best theater we have seen, and there weren't that many people looking around so it felt like we had the whole city to ourselves, very cool.

After a night parking in a dodgy hotel car park we went to Selcuk, to see Ephesus. The camping ground was nice and they forgot to ask us to pay for tea, so all in all it was a good place to stay! Hehe. Ephesus was jam packed with tourists. There were so many bus loads of people here we just couldn't escape. We parked at the south entrance and a man with an official looking badge told us we could get a free shuttle around to the other entrance and walk through the whole site back to where we were. The catch was looking in a local leather shop. So we said no problems and got carted off to a very swish expensive leather clothing shop, we looked for about 5mins (polite so we thought) and then had to wait for 15mins for our lift to come back. We were beginning to think we had gotten a dodgy deal again, but the car came and took us to Ephesus again.

The ruins were very good, especially the library and some of the fountains. The streets were still intact and you could just imagine how extravagant these cities would have been back in the day. The theater was huge, and could seat 25,000 people, but it was in a fairly sorry state. It is an amazing place, and one you should see if you are in the area. We also looked in the museum, it had some very good sculptures and bits and peaces from every day life. I liked the medical gear they used back in 1st century BC, very primitive.

The next stop was Gallipoli, but we had to make a free stop in Oren because it was getting late. We stayed near the beach, but it wasn't very good, so we didn't go in, and then continued onto Gallipoli this morning, we are now back in Europe (finally) after a short ferry ride.


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