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Bodrum

From the Meditteranean to the Aegean.

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A final breakfast in Marmaris and we jumped in our little van to head for Bodrum. Our first stop in Bodrum was the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos - which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
All that's left of the Mausoleum now are the foundations and the drainage system. The structure was originally 134 ft in height - a really impressive building back 2,500 years ago. It had fallen into ruin by 1400, not helped by the fact that the Knights of St. John arrived and used many of the stones to construct the Castle of St. Peter.
We walked through the little streets of Bodrum to a small cafe and had some local Turkish food for lunch - a Pide (simple and tasty). Afterwards we walked along the waterfront to the Castle of St. Peter. Like Fettiye and Marmaris - Bodrum is a large sea port, with Gulets and pleasurecraft in abundance. There is more traditional charm here though, and less tourists. I feel more comfortable here. The rules for building construction here are: 1. It must be white 2. It can't be more than 2 storeys high. Makes for a quaint little town.
We spent a couple of hours walking through the Castle, which is right on the point - overlooking the West Harbour. Gorgeous views from the top - across the Aegean Sea and back over Bodrum. The Castle of St. Peter houses the Underwater Museum. Here there are relics on display from the hundreds of shipwrecks in the area - a great museum.
After a Turkish Tea under the old trees at the entrance of the Castle we made our way to our accommodation - a beautiful hotel in the hills above Bodrum. This is a luxury hotel - with a comfy bed (YES!) and huge pillows that you just sink in to.
We had a beautiful dinner in the dining room and then all went back to Jacquie and Lesley's room to swap photos and email addresses etc.
Only a couple of days left now - we will soon go our separate ways. Living in Cairns, Melbourne and Perth could make future catch-ups a bit tricky!
Don't I know you?

Don't I know you?

The Castle of St. Peter - Bodrum.

The Castle of St. Peter - Bodrum.

Seacraft in the port of Bodrum.

Seacraft in the port of Bodrum.

Ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus - these steps led down to the burial place of Mausolus.

Ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus - these steps led down to the burial place of Mausolus.

Parts of the original columns that made up the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

Parts of the original columns that made up the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus.

Anne with Yigit and Yusef.

Anne with Yigit and Yusef.

Proud flags flying in the port of Bodrum - the national flag of Turkey, Ataturk.

Proud flags flying in the port of Bodrum - the national flag of Turkey, Ataturk.

Amphoras on display - retrieved from shipwrecks in the general area - and on display in the Underwater Museum within the Castle of St. Peter.

Amphoras on display - retrieved from shipwrecks in the general area - and on display in the Underwater Museum within the Castle of St. Peter.

The port of Bodrum taken from the Castle of St. Peter.

The port of Bodrum taken from the Castle of St. Peter.

Ancient glassware on display in the Underwater Museum in Bodrum.

Ancient glassware on display in the Underwater Museum in Bodrum.

Interesting doorway in a little alleyway in Bodrum.

Interesting doorway in a little alleyway in Bodrum.

Ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus - these steps led down to the burial place of Mausolus.

Ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus - these steps led down to the burial place of Mausolus.

Posted by Gibbo54 13:25 Archived in Turkey

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