Will water put out the eternal flame?
Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
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Today we had our cereal that we had to bring
ourselves since the hotel only had Turkish breakfast. We are such
Americans. Great day today. Started out with a boat trip to Kekova.
It's a sunken city with not too much left to see but such a cool thing
to do. The water is crystal clear and turquoise. We had our own boat
and watched the other people crammed into their mass tourist boats
reassuring us our decision to go private. Afterward
we visited Myra which has some of the most impressive ancient ruins in
Turkey. Then we got to our hotel; www.villa-monte.com in Cirali which I have to admit I was nervous about it since all hotels are
terrible in this part of Turkey. Except this one. It is so small and
charming that we wish we could stay another night (but they are
booked). We visited Chimera which is such an unusual site, it's sad to
think so few tourists actually go here. It's a mountain with small
fires all over it. The fires have been continuously burning for
thousands of years. We could use this type of flame in the fire-pits at Corona del Mar Beach. Upon getting there, we realized we forgot our marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers. The way back was so dark and the trail so poor that we had to purchase a flashlight. Afterward we had an amazing dinner at our hotel (fish, mezes (appetizers), and havlah dessert). Scrumptious.
We saw several amazing things today on route from Kalkan to Cirali. I had been dying to get out onto a boat on the Mediterranean sea and today I got my chance. we rented a private boat with an English speaking Captain to tour Kekova,
the sunken city. The city was built 2000 years ago but 500 years ago
there was a big earthquake and part of the city fell into the sea.
Taking a small boat out vs. a large one was a huge advantage because
the small boat is very shallow and can go practically right over the
top of the ruins for amazing views through the clear water. Then we
visited Myra that is made up of old Lycan ruins. My favorite were the old homes carved right out of the cliff side, amazing. Lastly we hiked up to Chimera to see the natural flames. The rocky hillside
had about twenty small flames that come up out of niches and burn off
of natural gas. The scientist say that the gas composition is unique
to Chimera but is partly made up of methane and has been burning since
ancient times. The old myth is that an animal part lion, goat, and
snake lived on the hillside and breathed fire thus the name "chimera"
that means mixed animal. While we were there I was up to my old tricks
and asked Adam
what he thought would happen if he poured water on one of the flames.
To find out what happened you'll have to ask us directly!
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