While in Gocek, the always helpful Doug Wothke sent me a message saying he has a friend in Kas, south Turkey, if I happen to be going that way. I looked it up and I was only 150 km away!
Well let’s go have a look! Maybe go down that road, for no good reason other than it looks interesting… these are the best days.
I found this place called Xanthos.. by the sound of it, must be more Greek ruins? I have trouble concentrating on the history though as I am just in love with the spring wild flowers more..
I have no idea what the words say on this block, but gee whiz, words carved so many years.. centuries ago? So curious what it says..
Deary me!! Talk about a dramatic history! Here is the story of Xanthos I have learned from http://www.allaboutturkey.com/xanthos.htm
"Xanthos is the oldest and largest city of the mountainous province of Lycia, settled around 8th century BC in the valley of the Xanthos (today's Kinik) river in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. Until the Persian invasion in the 4th century BC it was an independent state. When the people of Xanthos, who had bravely tried to defend their city against Persians, realized that they could not repulse the invasion, they first killed their woman and committed mass suicide by throwing themselves into the flames. About 80 surviving families and people who immigrated there rebuilt the city, but a fire which broke out about 100 years later razed it to the ground. In spite of this, the city was again rebuilt and, establishing good relations with its neighbors, was considered as an important center in Lycia. However, Xanthos again met with an unfortunate end. As a result of resisting the taxes the Athenians wanted to impose on them in 429 BC, the city was largely destroyed and the inhabitants were drawn into a war. And thus Xanthos became "a city of disasters". "
Wait, gotta look at the bike again.. flowers and snow capped mountains this time.. just love it! ;-))
Okay, turn around Sherri Jo.. more interesting remnants of past life history to see..
Xanthos doesn't seem to be a main attraction, no tourists or entry fees. It's just here.. and I just noticed there is a cow eating at the amphitheater, so there you go. However, this is so much nicer to see without the crowds, especially on such a beautiful day.
David also has some motorcycle guests from Holland, Marko and Dorine, and a crazy young third guest of the day Ruud, also a Dutch. So with all the shiny nice motorcycles around, I guess David and family got inspired for Christmas??
I better get back on the road and make my way to Kas then.. don't want to miss this meal!!
More coastal south Turkey roads.. that water... so blue!
I met a couple of bikers from Austria on this road. We stopped to say hello and decided to go for an afternoon tea. They're on their way to India! Brave souls to want to take on Indian traffic!
Being that the kitty cat is holding the bike down, sounds like a good choice for him.