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828b – Bodleian Library

11 Nov , 2018  

Sunday 11th November is a lovely sunny day. After a good breakfast we walk into the centre via the river path; following the Thames then the Cherwell, we pass by the side of Christchurch meadow, the Broad walk (some lovely autumn colours), then a passage way between Merton and Corpus Christi colleges. We head to […]

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825u – Hodjapasha

30 Sep , 2018  

The Hodjapasha consists of a mesmerising ceremony with four dervishes whirling in a 15th century hamam building. It costs 110TL each and lasts for an hour, but is very interesting to see. We enjoy a meal in a restaurant near our hotel (I have a triple helping of baklava in error, plus there is coach […]

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825r – Karacaahmet Cemetery

29 Sep , 2018  

We continue on to the earliest city cemetery. The expected calm is broken by a mass of people (and their cars) attending prayers at the very modern mosque bordering the cemetery. The cemetery is large and follows the hillside down; there are many old tombstones and new ones intermixed, so it is hard to see […]

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825k – Pinara

26 Sep , 2018  

Pinara, Lycian city remains

Wednesday 26th September sees the first clouds although it is still hot. We spend the day exploring more of the Xanthos valley beginning with Pinara. This is the most dramatically situated of the Lycian sites we visit. The last 2km are on a very rough track with many bends (and I am even more stressed […]

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825j – Patara

25 Sep , 2018  

Patara, Lycian city remains

Tuesday 25th September is yet another hot day. We decide to have a relaxing day at Patara again. It is actually good to take in the ruins along the roadside again as we spot new things. This time we walk along the colonnaded street (there are workmen clearing areas here) passing the baths complex, granary […]

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825i – Letoon

24 Sep , 2018  

Letoon, Lycian religious centre remains

Letoon is a 15 minute drive away from Xanthos and forms the dual location World Heritage site. It is unusual in being a religious site only, consisting of three temples next to each other; the largest is dedicated to Leto with the smaller two dedicated to her divine twins Apollo and Artemis. There is a […]

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825h – Xanthos

24 Sep , 2018  

Xanthos, Lycian city remains

Monday 24th feels even hotter. After a slow start we travel to the nearby Lycian period World Heritage sites. Xanthos has a hill top location and was once the Lycian capital. There are some super Lycian tombs including one free standing tomb known as the Xanthian obelisk covered on all four sides with Lycian script. […]

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825g – Patara

23 Sep , 2018  

Patara, Lycian city remains

Sunday 23rd is a very hot day. After the usual Turkish style breakfast on the very pleasant dining terrace, we walk the 2-3km (at a very slow pace) through the ruins of Patara. This was once the principal port of Lycia, the ruins of which stretch along the road to the modern beach area, the […]

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825f – Tlos

22 Sep , 2018  

Tlos, Lycian city remains

On Saturday 22nd we leave Fethiye for the 75km drive to our second location, the village of Gelemis, which is close to the long beach of Patara with it’s ancient ruins. Our accommodation is the Akay Pension. We have a room overlooking the terrace and small swimming pool. Before beginning our 5 nights here we […]

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825d – Kayakoy

20 Sep , 2018  

Kayakoy deserted village

Thursday 20th is another hot, sunny, blue sky day. After a relaxed breakfast we head out in the hire car to nearby Kayakoy, a 9km drive along a very winding, high road, dropping into the valley where the eerie ghost town of what was once the Greek town of Lelissi is located on a hillside. […]

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