Marmaris to Ciftlik - Day 46 - 12th September 2009

I have no idea what happened this day - all the days are merging together and if I don't write this stuff up right away, and try to do it a week later after a few beers then are you really surprised when my mind is blank.

 

I do remember it is the 3 rd day after I quit smoking final and I was a more miserable git than normal.  I apologied to everyone who met me today.

 

Oh I remember now, there was a rather large boat that had broken free from it's moorings at a resturant pontoon during the storm the previous night and had run aground.  Later in the evening the owner appeared and tried to free her unsuccessfully.

Marmaris - Days 43-45 - September 9th to 11th

Pretty unremarkable sail to Marmaris where we docked at Yacht Marine.  Not much to report from this bastion of sailing in Turkey except the Wifi in the marina is terrible and there are millions of yachts in the area.

 

On the Thursday we went into Marmaris proper and visited the small castle and the hectic marketplace.

 

Heavy thunderstorms were expected and they arrive right on schedule over night.  As we knew the storm was incoming we decided to stay in the marina and ride it out.  I didn't have that much sleep that night - I put some extra ropes out to tie the boat to the pontoon but still I was up every 30 minutes checking it all out and making sure we didn't drift off somewhere we shouldn't be

 

 

Caunos & Dalyan - Day 42 - 8th September

We decided to leave Mirica at anchor for the day and hired a local fishing boat to take us up the Dalyan River to see the ruined city of Caunos.

 

Caunos, or sometime Kaunos, was the first place we visited on the Carian coast of Turkey and very clearly you can see influences of its Lycian neighbours, especially in the rock tombs close to Dalyan town.

 

The first settlements were 10th century BC and is first mentioned in literature by Herodotus in 5th century BC.  The city grew to be an important harbour, but today we had wind our way through 5km of swamp and marsh to reach it from the sea.

The water in the mid ground is the original harbour - the sea is now behind the far mountain 

Erica and Miriam sitting on something older than their dad!!!

After a few hours wandering around the ruined Agora, Roman Baths, amphitheatre etc, it was back to the fishing boat for a few more miles up the river to Dalyan.  Overlooking Dalyan are some fantastic tombs, one partially complete which gives good insight into how they were built.

 

 Caunos become rich in historical times exporting salted fish and today the fish trade is still a major contributor to the local economy.  The river is dammed just prior to the marshland and a local man is employed to drop the gatre for each boat entering or leaving the river.

Fethiye to Ekincik - Days 39-41 - 5th to 7th September

After leaving Fethiye we headed towards Gocek and spent the night in a small bay just before the main town called Innice Iskelesi.

 

The next day we headed south and ended up spending a very rolly night in Ragged Bay.  Not much sleep was had that night.

 

On Monday 7th we set out for Ekincik and for quite a while that morning we had an armed escort.  In total 5 boats with guns on wandered around us at various times.  Not sure if The Coastguard had tipped them off about our illegal stowaways, but fortunately we were clean, for once :-)

 Today he rules the seas - well the bit around me anyway

At Ekincik there is a huge long beach.  Once we were safely anchored in 5 metres, I left the kids swimming whilst I went off to explore the local surrounds.  About an hour later Al and the kids came looking for me.  They found me very quickly, I hadn't made it past the first bar, Turkish landlords are very persuasive in getting you to sample their fare.

Fethiye - Day 38 - 4th September 2009

 JB left us early this morning to catch a bus to Antalya so that left 5 of us to go and explore Fethiye. 

 

We caught the Dolmus into town and went to find the Lycian tombs cut into the cliffs above the town. As this is Turkey there are no signposts to this tourist attraction but google earth had given us a good idea of the general area so we managed to find our way there through some little back streets. The largest of these tombs is open to the public and both girls had a turn at being 'dead'.

 Miriam playing dead in a 6,000 year old Lycian Tomb

Later that evening Sean also left us to go to Istanbul so were back to just 4 - not all hitch-hikers are like the ones you see in horror movies!

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