We were greeted by an elderly Turkish woman who told us she was, "The Mammy" her daughters who were around my age took it in turns to row tourists back and forth across the river for only a few lira.
Mammy was also the owner of an outdoor eating place and tried to convince us to stay and eat her pancakes. The Turkish people have this wonderful way of making you think all the food and drink is on the house and they are doing you some great favour but of course you are presented with the bill before you leave.
We left on our trek and promised to eat on the way back to the boat again.
It was still early morning so the walk to the site was very quite in fact the only people we saw were at two stalls selling fruit and fruit juices. The fields are full with Pomegranate trees, and we were offered orange and pomegranate juice at both stalls. The first one was a elderly gentleman who posed to have his photo taken. He was making pomegranate juice.
We stopped on our way back and she instructed me to sit down on her chair and sample some fruits and a cup of her juice. I tasted what was a cross between a peach and a apple but as she told me the name in Turkish I don't remember what it was. We bought a jar of her honey, fruit and some bottles of juice, it was delicious.
When we came to the old man's stall he wasn't happy to see we had a full bag and said the women from the stall were members of the mafia and their juice was bad. How we laughed at that. We purchased some of his juice and tasted it when we were back at the hotel. It was watered down and tasted awful. He was as we say in Glasgow," Very nice but, a bit of a chancer."
It was a pleasant walk to the ruins. All we could hear was birdsong and some goats bleating in nearby fields. I could smell that special smell I always associate with Turkey. I smell it as I step from the plane at Dalaman airport, it's a sweet, warm smell and it immediately says holidays to me.
We had to pay to enter the site but it wasn't much and it goes towards the continuing excavation.
Kaunos is the ancient city of Caria. It has been found that the site dates back to 3,000 BC and has seen Persian,Hellenic,Roman and Byzantium civilisations. A fortress, six temples, a theatre, Roman baths, a church and a palestra (sports arena) are just a few of the buildings that have been discovered.
The following photographs were taken by Gokman who is the owner of the Holiday Calbis Hotel
where we stayed. He has kindly given me permission to use his photos , Thank you Gokman.
|A birds eye view of the theatre and site|
|Some seats around the theatre|
These steps lead to the theatre and the pictures on the walls describe the stages of the excavation and rebuilding and how it was made safe for visitors.We sat on the stone benches and soaked in the atmosphere of bygone times. Further down a tour guide was telling a group of American tourists all about what went on there and we strained our ears to listen. He said that it had most certainly been used for performing plays but when the Romans came it would have hosted gladiators. This sent a chill through me but we were prevented from hearing more as loud voices of German men came from a few rows behind us and I was wishing I knew the German words for, "Be quiet."
I sat there, looking around wondering who the previous occupants of my seatwould have been in Roman times and what they had watched taking place in the arena below. How many other people have sat in the same spot and wondered about it as I had?
A Mosaic floor found next to a Byzantine basilica.
The tiles are really tiny and intricate. It's amazing how they have survived. How clever they were.
Another view and exit from the theatre.
Looking a bit too dangerous for my liking. Don't stand under it!
Greek geographer,philosopher and historian Strabo (63BC-24 AD) said, "The people of Kaunos are pitifully unhealthy and the duration of their lives are as short as leaves." How very sad.
The views are beautiful !
|And tiny lizards|
As our morning spun into early afternoon we walked back to Mammy's outdoor eating place and had home made Turkish pancakes and a cool drink. It was so peaceful sitting watching the little boat being rowed back and forth across the river bringing new visitors to Kaunos and watch as Mammy
This is a photo of me with Mammy. Please remember that I was exhausted with the heat and walking and I don't usually look so bad but I wanted you to see Mammy. She already has her eye on the next guest for her eating place.
and a refreshing dip in the hotel pool
|Holiday Calbis, Dalyan.|