Trip Diary - Africa

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Turkey

I have always loved Turkey, and so arriving at the border was very exciting for me (GS). Sadly, the Turkish officials amde the crossing very slow - visas, paperwork, and just being absent from the job - as usual... However, 2 hours later we were on the move, and the welcoming people reminded me why I was here. We visited Galipoli and then moved down through Troy, and are now in Kusadasi on the coast. As we have moved south, the weather has improved. We have just visited Ephesus, where John (the Apostle -who wrote John in the Bible) is buried.
How amazing is that!!!
Sun has been shining.
23/12/06
Well, from Ephesus we headed inland to Pamukkale. This is an amazing place - white tavertines formed by calcium deposits over 1000s of years. While there we visited the Roman site of Hieriopolis, where we swam in the ancient warm baths complete with ruins within. That night we Bush Camped again, this time at the top of the hill that overlooks Pamukkale - what a fine sight.
We then came down to the coast at OluDeniz, near Fethiye. Now I remember this place as unspoilt paradise when I visited here in 1991, so I was shocked and stunned when I saw all the rubbish etc. Another paradise lost. We only spent one night in a shabby campsite, the only one open, then we used Miranda for what she was designed for - exploring. We followed the coast road out of OluDeniz until the tar ran out, then until the dirt ran out, and we abandoned our quest at the point where the bulldozer had also given up. We returned down the road and then followed a bush track to a point at the top of a 100m cliff. We named this point Paradise Camp One. We spent 2 nights here, with space, awesome views, and God-sent sunsets, all washed down with a 2001 Montepelucciano... Paradise!!! It is such a lovely spot we are going to ruturn there tomorrow for my birthday and Christmas.
Today we are in Kas, we had supper at the restaurant where I am sitting now drinking Turkish coffee and using someones open wireless network. The food last night was lovely, genuine Turkish food, cooked by the chap while we waited. Needless to say the coffees are on the house... I love it here.

We spent Graham’s birthday and Christmas in Kas and not at Paradise Camp 1. The weather was warm, the campsite was acceptable and the Turkish coffees at the restaurants lured us into town regularly.

The howling north wind brought the cold and instead of heading up into central Turkey which was experiencing deep snow, we followed the coast. We drove the whole day arriving that night at a very exposed cold and windy campsite in Alanya. One night there and we drove on eastward to Adana. We arrived too late to set up camp anywhere, so stayed in a motel for the night, making use of the hot shower and loo!!!!!

The next day we crossed into Syria. Baksheesh talked at that border, and it seemed you got nowhere without it……sickening

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