, Virginia, Turkey
June 3, 2002
We first tried to see Chimera where the fires have been burning for many years. However, when we went there we couldn't see any signs to where to walk. It was muddy so we decided to see Olympus. When we drove through the sign we couldn't figure out where to drive as there was a deep creek. I asked a local who told me just to walk. Although we see people on the other side we couldn't pass the creek. Do not see Olympus in winter or early spring. We hanged around at the pebble beach a little and watched the sea.
Then we drove to Phaselis. My brother visited there before so I had high expectations. Probably because of my expectations and it is winter time not time to swim I was dissappointed. Phaselis was a naval city with 3 ports. The city first prospered because of trade later it suffered because it was easy to attack from sea. At one time it was a pirate city.
You can see a temple on your left when you are driving to the city. Then you see the aqueduct. There are many stray cats and dogs which welcome you to Phaselis. We carried some leftover bones and the dogs were very happy. There is an agora (shopping mall) named after Hadrian, roman baths, gynasium and an amphitheatre.
I believe Olympus, Chimera and Phaselis are best to be visited when it is warmer as you would enjoy both antiquity and the blue warm waters of Mediteranean.
From journal Antic cities around Antalya