From the Meditteranean to the Aegean.
09.05.2013 - 09.05.2013 23 °C
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!