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Our Treehouse in Olympos

sunny 27 °C

The overnight bus wasn't as bad for Nat as she had first imagined it would be, of course she popped a Unisom minutes after getting on board so doesn't remember any of it. For those of us who do remember, it really shouldn't take 15 hours to travel 600kms unless you are pushing a moped. Our driver didn't miss any opportunities to stop for the customary Turkish tea which probably resulted in more stops for the bathroom. Regardless, two buses later we were ejected from the vehicle at the sign that said "Olympos - 11km", our confusion and questions as to how we would pass those last 11kms were no concern of our drivers as he sped off. Tea seems to be the solution to everything here so we sat at the little shack next to the sign and by the time we were finished ours another little van arrived and offered to drive us to our treehouse down the hill.
This area has been made famous for the fires of Chimera which have burned natural out of the ground for thousands of years. There are also some ruins right next to the beach. It seems to have become a stop on the local bus line that backpackers and younger Turkish alike seem to enjoy for a few days of R+R. For whatever reason, most of the accommodation here are called "tree houses", to us they look like little wooden cabins on stilts that remind us of summer camp. The fact that breakfast and dinner is included in our stay and each meal starts with a dinner bell makes it even more convincing.
There isn't too much to do here, we are resting up for our 4 day boat cruise that starts tomorrow, but we did manage to find a Turkish crepe. Nat prefers the banana and honey, but we have tried just about all of them. The ruins down by the ocean made for a good hike before a swim.
Tonight we hiked and saw the fire that makes Chimera special, hard to take pictures, but it was pretty cool. Apparently it used to burn bright enough that the passing ships could see it from the sea which must be about 5 kms away. Even now there are 10 - 12 outlets in the rock that are constantly burning.
Up early in the morning, our boat leaves at 10. I hope the sea is flat or I might have to put the Unisom to work again!

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Posted by colincampbell 14:21 Archived in Turkey

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