Magical flames burning in the rocks!
Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
121Trip End Aug 10, 2010
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We went to the beach which was filled with rocks and pebbles. The water felt great except for walking into the water with those painful rocks. Haven’t been barefoot too much on this trip, so my feet were a bit sensitive. The hotel had a dog named Jake that we brought with us to the beach. He was a beautiful lively and crazy golden retriever
One evening, we headed up to the famous Chimaera where there are flames burning out of the rocks. It is said that in the 2nd century BC, the people that lived here worshiped Vulcan, the god of fire. The myth goes that the King sent Bellerophon on the winged horse Pegasus to kill the fire breathing monster, part lion, goat and serpent. After he succeeded, he returned to marry the King’s daughter and became heir of the Lycian throne.
As we walked up the steep hill, we could smell the gas and when we arrived, it looked like people had set up a bunch of camp fires along the mountain. Going up closer to the flames, it really did look like magic to see the flames burning through the rocks. In the old days, some sailors used the flames as a lighthouse while they sailed along the coast. The gas combusts on contact with air so even if you suffocate the flame, it will self ignite. Pretty cool!