Category: Places

In praise of an October gulet cruise on the Turkish coast

In the autumn of 2009, I escorted a group of friends and paying guests on M/S ‘Odysseus’, cruising from the Bay of Marmaris to Bodrum. The weather was comfortably warm and the sea was calm and as delightful as ever. We swam twice a day and relaxed, sunbathed and dined in the open on the […]

Tuesday November 17th, 2009 in Places | Comments Off on In praise of an October gulet cruise on the Turkish coast

Where are those cliffs I have heard about with temples carved into the face of the rock, and how do you get there?

Those cliffs, as you call them, are the precipitous side of a mountain in the Dalyan River valley that can best be reached from a gulet cruise on our luxurious M/S ‘Odysseus’. It is necessary to take a riverboat to get up close because there is a sand bar at the mouth of the Dalyan […]

Monday June 22nd, 2009 in Places | Comments Off on Where are those cliffs I have heard about with temples carved into the face of the rock, and how do you get there?

What is so special about Cnidus and where is it?

Well, it is an archaeological site, one of the most famous, of a great classical city that existed for over 1000 years (about 360 BC to 650 AD or so). It was well-known for many things and people, but was most noted for the naked statue of Aphrodite in a round temple by a famous […]

Monday May 17th, 2010 in Places | Comments Off on What is so special about Cnidus and where is it?

The ancient city of Caunus on the Dalyan River. Who built it and why?

Caunus is one of the favourite ancient sites which we visit on our luxury gulet cruises in Southern Turkey. It is very impressively sited with its acropolis (high city) on top of a large and prominent rock. It can only easily be reached by cruising in a riverboat up the shallow Dalyan River from a […]

Wednesday June 10th, 2009 in Places | Comments Off on The ancient city of Caunus on the Dalyan River. Who built it and why?

Where is the Dalyan River?

The Dalyan River runs through one of the most impressive river valleys on the coast. When the sea level rose, perhaps in the 6th century AD, it caused the river to run more slowly and deposit silt and sand which blocked the harbour of the city of Caunus. The city slowly died like Ephesus, Miletus, […]

Friday February 6th, 2009 in Places | Comments Off on Where is the Dalyan River?

Symi, the most beautiful of the Greek Dodecanese islands

I like to visit the Greek island of Symi regularly, which is not difficult as it is quite close to the Turkish Riviera. Looking at the map, you will see a long peninsula with the ancient city of Cnidus at its tip and another to the south with the ancient trireme naval base of Loryma […]

Thursday March 12th, 2009 in Places | Comments Off on Symi, the most beautiful of the Greek Dodecanese islands

Start your gulet cruise at Bodrum, capital resort of the Aegean

Bodrum is indeed the ‘capital of the Turkish riviera coast’, although its rival Marmaris might disagree about that. It was a key location for centuries but the building of the airport settled the argument. Many people now start their gulet cruise at Bodrum (‘The Blue Cruise’) as it has excellent shopping, sightseeing and restaurants. The […]

Monday May 11th, 2009 in Places | Comments Off on Start your gulet cruise at Bodrum, capital resort of the Aegean

Where is the 9 mile beach?

Running north-south through the province of ancient Lycia is the long, fast-flowing river called Esen Cayi. Between high, limestone mountains, its valley is flat, wide and fertile. The river slows to a trickle and meets the sea by crossing the longest beach in Turkey – the Patara beach..

Sunday February 1st, 2009 in Places | Comments Off on Where is the 9 mile beach?
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