And The Wanderer From Cappadocia……
17th March 2017
School and study has featured heavily since we got back from our winter Roadtrip, I don’t think I’ve had a break, so a “half term” was desperately needed, my brain had gone into learning overload ( especially maths!!!!!!) and since this week is when the boat would be lifted to have its hull cleaned, we all thought it would be a good idea to line up a roadtrip this time taking in places like Kusadasi, Pammukale, and Ephesus.
So, after packing ( lightly for a change ) and with ONLY five tins of dog food in the truck ( I know, right?! ) we left Fethiye.
The drive to our first stop, Didim, was four hours.
Not much happened on the road heading north, so I slept most of the way, recovering from information overload, which I think should be recognized as a serious illness, up there with man flu!
On arriving in Didim, the first thing we did was head to the historic World heritage protected site of Didimya. Here at Didyma is a large temple which is called the Temple of Apollo.
Apollo was the son of Zeus, king of all the gods. His mother was the gentle Leto. Apollo had a twin sister, Artemis, the huntress. Apollo had lots of jobs in the ancient Greek god world. One of them was to bring up the sun. Another was to watch over music and musicians. Apollo was a gentle god. But he could lose his temper if provoked enough.
Although much of it has fallen down, restoration has taken place in some parts. The huge white-marble temple is simply amazing, with a forest of 120 giant columns and the many relics lying around, it does make you appreciate the enormity of the Greeks dedication.
Each temple in ancient Greece was dedicated to only one god. Because the Greeks worshiped many gods, there were a great many temples in Ancient Greece and every town had several temples.
The most famous temple dedicated to Apollo was the temple at Delphi. That temple was the home of Apollo’s special oracle, a young woman Apollo had gifted with the ability to see into the future.
The design of the Temple of Apollo was influenced by the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Temple of Hera on the Greek island of Samos, as it was designed by the renowned architects who worked on all of these temples, Paionius of Ephesus and Daphnis of Miletus.
Originally, 122 enormous Ionic columns surrounded the temple, but today only three remain intact. Dating from the 2nd century BC, the columns are 60 feet tall (the height of a six-story building) and have a diameter of 6 feet at the base. Even the stumps of columns that fell are impressive in size and display beautiful carvings at their base.
After exploring the ancient temple, we drove around the town of Didim, looking for our hotel, this did take a little longer than anticipated. A road signposted ” no through road ” meant we had to take some back streets, aiming roughly in the right direction of the hotel. The back roads in Didim got narrower and narrower around our seventeen foot Navara and with some nifty 28 point manouvering we eventually ended up on the ” no through road ” which very clearly WAS a through road and Eventually, we checked into the Baris hotel, which had a beautiful view overlooking the sea and beach. The lesson to be learned here and added to the list of ” driving techniques in Turkey ” is….. pay no attention to road signs, this can now be added to the list alongside, ” drive any direction you wish to up a road and in any lane ” and ” ….if you miss the junction you wanted, it’s perfectly acceptable to reverse the wrong way back along the hard shoulder, actually, if reversing is too difficult, just turn around and drive back to it anyway…” ( more rules of Turkish driving will follow in a blog of its own very soon! )
Before we wandered into Didim to find somewhere for dinner we had noticed the serious problem with the amount and attitude of the street dogs in this area. Put it this way, anybody who did own a dog on a lead ( and there weren’t many people ) also owned a heavy stick or an iron bar (!!!) so we had concluded for ourselves that it isn’t a completely ” pet friendly ” town. We had decided to leave our dogs in the hotel to prevent any trouble.
Asena is peaceful and very placid but often, because of her size, other dogs turn nasty and have a go at her whilst she just stands there smiling inanely and scratching her head…. so they were safer indoors, the fact that Vodka is an antagonist and wants to square up to kangols generally, wouldn’t go down well here!
Since we had been to Didim before and knew there wasn’t much to do, we had only booked to stay for one night, but first we had some serious catching up to do….. our friend from Cappadocia has moved here for a job in the marina, we caught up with her in the evening and then visited the marina on our way out of town to see her there too…..
Onwards and north now, to Ephesus.