Not another Turkish breakfast

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Wow an eternal flame!

I think I have sufficiently relaxed enough.  In fact - I believe I am starting to move in slow motıon at this point.  Luckily I am off to Cappadocia tonight for a little more site-seeing before heading back to Istanbul to catch what I hope is a flight to Cairo.  Aside from spending my days relatively motionless on the beach in between meals I have been dealing with EgyptAir and Expedia over my flight being cancelled for no apparent reason.  All said and done I spent about an hour on the phone with Expedia and countless time on the internet.  I have managed to wrangle 75 bucks worth of travel coupons out of Expedia for the hassle though and I believe I do now have a flight out Monday.

An eternal flame without flash - actually this is a pretty cool place
  Unfortunately instead of arriving at the same time as my friend Margaret so we both can brave big bad 'ol Egypt together I am arriving about nine hours ahead of her.  So my first impressions and encounters will still be spent solo but nothing new there I guess.

While hanging in Olympos I also checked out - you guessed it - more ruins!  However these ones I really dug as they are not as touristed and are set in this wild landscape of trees and streams and such.  Apparently one of the sarcophagi belonged to Marcus Aurelius but I cannot be sure which one?  There is also this phenomena here called Chimaera (Yanartas) which are natural eternal flames coming out of the ground. We grabbed a 40 minute bus ride over wild terrain and then hiked up a hill to see these flames.

Ruins at Olympos
  I swear there is some guy down there with a blow torch - anything to create a tourist attraction around here.  Legend is though that it belongs to some subterranean monster.  Hmm...I am sure science has something to say about that.

Another good thing about this place aside from the treehouse and eternal flames and oh yeah - the Mediterranean sea - is all the good food included with my lodging.  You get a big breakfast and dinner daily so I have spent relatively little money while here aside from the daily 2 Lira entrance to the beach (you have to go through the ruins to get there - they were thinking).  However I am pretty much over the Turkish breakfast at this point.  Dinners vary but not the breakfasts. So between the boat and here I have had my fill of cucumbers and tomatoes with feta cheese - a hard boiled egg -  bread and honey - yogurt and honey - and if you are real lucky muesli to go with that.  To some of you that may sound delicious but I just had day 7 of this and time for something new.  Hopefully in my next accomodation (which may be a cave - I kid you not) the breakfast will involve a bagel with cream cheese but I am not getting my hopes up.  First things first though - I need to take a total of four different buses to get to Goreme by tomorrow including one overnight stretch.  So off I go... 

findmeabeach says:
Cool you made it to see the flames :-)
Posted on: Oct 11, 2007
sheffey3 says:
Loving every minute of your blogs. Man do I wish I was you.
Posted on: Oct 04, 2007
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Wow an eternal flame!
Wow an eternal flame!
An eternal flame without flash - a…
An eternal flame without flash - …
Ruins at Olympos
Ruins at Olympos
Marcus Aurelius sarcophagus?
Marcus Aurelius sarcophagus?
Mosaic house in ruins
Mosaic house in ruins
Hillside ruins
Hillside ruins
Where ancient ruins (awning) and t…
Where ancient ruins (awning) and …
Beach at Olympos (first clouds I h…
Beach at Olympos (first clouds I …
Oysters anyone?
Oysters anyone?
Olympos landscape
Olympos landscape
A parting shot of my treehouse vil…
A parting shot of my treehouse vi…
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