Tony & Cynthea Zurich, Turkey, Greece, Mallorca travel blog

Saklikent Gorge

Saklikent Gorge

Saklikent Gorge

Saklikent Gorge

bloody cold water!

Saklikent Gorge

Casey, Emma, Tamara, Lyndell, Beng

Drinks at the Car Cemetary, Fethiye

Drinks at the Car Cemetary, Fethiye

Drinks at the Car Cemetary, Fethiye

Along the coast f rom Antalya

A bit of a mission to get a big bus over this...

Tam, Bridget, Jenny, Andrew


There appears to be a couple of sore heads this morning. Tony wonders who the bugger is that sent the text that read “5am is it?” – yes it bloody was! Soon after that the frigging mosque calls to prayer. It was a restless night again as the aircon in these places never seem to work on the cool setting, and we wonder if the hotel has turned that off somehow?

We leave for Fethiye at 7.30, our route following the stunning Mediterranean coast. The road is quite winding, and hilly. We notice that the road is three lanes, the up hill section is two lanes wide, with one down hill, and at the top of the hill it switches over, so you have to have your wits about you driving. A couple of stops on the way, and we arrive at the Saklikent Gorge for lunch. A beautiful setting, and we have the opportunity of white water tubing. The water is bloody cold (about 9 or 10 degrees), but we decide to go for it. TYL30 ($25) each is not a bad price for a 5km paddle in freezing water, and the water is only cold until the numbness sets in! There is an opportunity for a mud bath at the end of the trip, but it is a bit on the smelly side, so only three opt for it. We have a quick dip in the pool back at base, and then a warm shower, bliss

We were with some guys from another tour (they couldn’t all go at once), and we are there when a photographer tells them that photos are available for TYL5 each. They all say no, and as they get on their bus to leave the photographer says they can have them for TYL1 instead. So Tony lines up with them as our photos are now there too, and gets his and Cynthea’s for TYL1 each. He then tells the others in our group not to pay more than a lira each for theirs.

We head back on the road to Fethiye where we will spend the next two nights. We stay at Ata Park Hotel, the room is really pokey compared with the other hotels, the bathroom is really cramped and the two single are beds joined together. However they do have over 700 TV channels, not that we can understand many of them! The restaurant meal isn’t much either, but no one will go hungry. No desert, which is a bit of a relief!

Burhan takes us for a night on the town, this is his home town. Not many places are open as this is off peak. We go to the Car Cemetery bar, not many are in the bar, and we happily take over the DJ. Some great music choices and everyone is soon up on the floor. No jugs of beer here, instead you can buy a tower that holds three litres. There are lots of antics as we all relax. There is a competition to join straws together to drink from the tall tower. We are back at the hotel by 11pm as we have an island cruise on the Mediterranean tomorrow.



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