So, this is the noise of the Cirali nighttime…… In December…….
The waves can be heard behind you to your west, pounding the shore- not lapping gently like in June to August, the cockerels from the north sing out their alarm call…. nearly all through the night, but definitely become a cacophony from 4 am onwards when all hope of their time keeping being accurate goes to pot! The stray Kangol who refuses to go away because mum gave him a tin out of Geoffs 165 tin stockade and named him Rupert growls blood curdelingly at every passing ladybug, inchworm or firefly and makes me conjure up images of killer werewolves waiting to rip out my throat. It’s a worry that there’s only a couple of layers of nylon between us! At five o clock with the minarets first call to prayer, Rupert joins in with spectacular howling, which in actual fact sounds very similar to the call!
Aaaah, the peacefulness of a winters night.
Last night, before we went to bed, we went up the mountain to the Chimera. The Chimera is on the top of a hill and is natural gases leaving the centre of the earth, and setting fire on its exit. Our visit last time was spectacular, but this time it was much better because the flames leaving the ground were much bigger and there were more of them.
The Chimera was a hybrid monster in Greek mythology. It had the head and body of a lion, as well as the head of a goat that was attached to its back, and a tail that ended with a head of a snake.
It lived in Lycia-(modern day Turkey), where it ravaged the lands with its fire breath. It was killed by Bellerophon , assisted by Pegasus, when they were asked by King Lobates of Lycia. Bellerophon rode on Pegasus’ back, who could fly, and shot arrows at the Chimera from above leaving it dead on the ground where to this day it still try’s to breath fire to force its exit back to life.
After leaving the Chimera, we came back to camp, had food, and went to bed.
4th December 2016
Today’s plan was to visit the town of Kemer and also go to the ancient Lycian city of Phesalis. We all woke just after sunrise, with Rupert and the other dog still here with us. After a small breakfast, we set out from the campsite, on the D400 to Kemer.
The town is a favourible holiday destination for Russians, Romanians, Belarusians, Ukrainians and Kazak people, who enjoy the town because of it hot climate in the summer, and the friendly atmosphere of the town. When we arrived at the town, we could easily tell the place was popular with Russians. The grand apartments towered over the almost empty streets, and the large and luxurious hotels like the Amsterdam Central Hotel, Sea Pearl Hotel were scattered along the main road gushing opulence.
Eventually, we found a place to park, and we walked onto the main promenade, and glanced over the sandy beach and into the choppy sea. Over the bouncy sea, the city of Antalya, which has a population of one and a quarter million people, could be seen, and we could also see the outlines of Side, the place we were going to the next day. After looking at the beach, we went and had a look at the marina in Kemer, called G-Marina Kemer.
Capable of holding up to 350 yachts, the marina was very nice and we had a lovely guided tour around it. However, we were still going to stay in Fethiye.
Afterwards, we had lunch outside the marina, and then left the town of Kemer, for the ancient city of Phesalis.
Phesalis was an ancient roman city.
3th December 2016
Rupert stayed again that night, along with his new best friend Labrador ( aka Chloe, named by Summer) . We awoke that morning to the sound of the chickens “cockadoodledooing” just before sunrise, so quickly mum, summer and I rushed onto the beach at Cirali, and watched the sun rise.
Today’s plan was to leave Cirali and go to the town of Side, just past Antalya. So, after no breakfast and a cup of coffee each we emptied three more tins of food into the stray dogs bowls, thus depleting Geoffs stock hold further and we set of from the campsite and onto the main road .Going up the hill from Cirali, there was this loud banging sound that was happening each time we went around a right hand corner. We later found out it was Asena hitting her head on the window on every right hand bend…… The window is now thoroughly graffitied with Asena nose art!!
Soon we were back on the main road running along the coastline, and soon, we had passed Kemer. The coast road was very beautiful, because on one side, we could see mountains and snow and cloud, and the other there were small pretty beaches hidden in little coves….how wonderful. Despite being winter, the weather for the coastline was still fairly hot, but at night it’s very cold.
After a while we came in land slightly, and soon, we were driving through the centre of Antalya. Antalya is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Turkish Riviera. Thanks to its seaside location and it’s close proximity to Antalya’s most finest tourist destination, there’s plenty to do in and around the city, which has a population of just over one and a quarter million. Once we had left Antalya, we were on the clear road towards Side, so we picked up speed.
Later that day, we reached the place where our accommodation for the next four nights would be, near Side, there is a little place called Kizilot, this was to be the nomads next home.
Here, we got lost, so we called the pension and asked them for directions…..he said he would come and find us, and then drive with us…..so helpful.
Half an hour later, we were sitting in the sun at the pansyions, enjoying the lovely weather. As soon as we had arrived, we immediately had showers, because we all stank of bonfire and smoke in fact I can safely say it’s the only time that we have ever smelled worse than Asena, she looked pretty smug about that!
That evening, we went onto the beach and watched the sun set…..what a beautiful way to end the day!
Tomorrows plan is to go the town of Side, and visit the Temple of Apollo, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Side Archeological museum, but more on those tomorrow…