More ruins and another castle...
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The bus arrived into a rainy Anamur at 19.00, so i decided to check into Hotel Dedehan, which was located right next to the bus station. The room cost 18YTL ($11) and came with breakfast, although the bathroom and shower were located outside of the room. It wasn't the best value in the World, but it wasn't the worst either and i was in no mood for traipsing around in the rain to save a dollar.
I only had two objectives for the evening and that was to eat and to use the internet, as i hadn't spoken to Julia for a few days, and i knew she would be getting worried. I wasn't starving by any means, so went and used the net for an hour first and then found a cheap eatery where 4YTL ($2.
Saturday morning was a bit of a mad dash, as i had slept through my alarm as usual. Well, when i say 'slept through', i mean i turned it off, as i couldn't muster the energy to get my lazy arse out of bed. When i did finally crawl down to breakfast at 10.00, i was a couple of hours behind schedule, but who really needs a schedule when you are on holiday!? I wolfed down some eggs, tomato, potato and bread and decided to rent a bicycle for the day, which cost 7YTL ($4.50). In hindsight this was a bit stupid, as it would probably have cost less to take dolmushes between the sites. The other reason it was a tad daft was that it left me with 30kms of cycling on a bike thats breaks didn't work and the handlebars and front wheel were off centre.
My first site for the day was the ancient City of Anamurium, which had prospered during the Roman and Byzantine periods. I was feeling a little tired of ruins, but as i didn't have a great deal on the agenda for the day, i fathomed i could stomach just one more set of crumbling stones. The ride out there took about twenty minutes, and i was a bit miffed that there wasn't one sign pointing to the turn off, which meant that i unnecessarily had to cycle up a sizable hill, which left my poor quadriceps aching and cursing me.
Finally i found the right street, which led all the way down to the sea and passed ancient buildings on both sides of the road. After paying the 3YTL ($2) entrance fee, i dumped the bike and set off by foot to get a better feel for the place.
I guess two things impressed me about Anamurium, the first was its size and the second was its location, right on the beach. Most of the buildings were nothing to write home about, although the aqueduct, necropolis, hamam, city walls and church did stand out somewhat. The Church had some nice mosaics on the floor, but it seemed like a lot of it had been covered over with stones to protect it, which was similar to what it was like at Xanthos.
It had been a miserable morning weather wise, but as i cycled back to town the sun came out and the clouds vanished. Upon reaching Anamur I returned to the eatery where I'd eaten Dinner the previous night and ordered some chicken with wedges, which came accompanied by a complimentary salad and tea. Not bad for 5YTL ($3). Feeling re-energised i got back on my bike and headed East along the highway, to see Mamure Castle.
From the roadside my first impressions of the Castle were that it was just another Castle, and i was hard pressed to believe that this could be the biggest in the Mediterranean.
Walking around the base of the castle i began to get a growing admiration for its architecture and location, which was right by the waters edge. I watched the waves breaking for some time, before making my way into the heart of the fortification. Constructed by the Armenian Kings of Cilicia in the 12thCentury, it replaced other castles that had previously been erected here, and which had dated back as far as the 3rdCentury BC.
I climbed up the walls in a few different places, scaling the narrow crumbling steps and been rewarded with some terrific views from the top. I must confess to feeling a little bit of vertigo, but the end result made the jittery journey worthwhile.
I cycled back to Anamur and spent the remainder of the afternoon burning my photos to DVD and then just caught the 17.30 bus to Silifke, which actually departed at 17.10. I'm not sure how the bus companies can justify their buses leaving so early, but i guess nobody complains, so it just happens and its tough luck if you miss the departure that you had planned to get!