Up and at it this morning, breakfast was served at 8:00am. We set sail shortly after breakfast and went to visit a sunken city. We are not allowed to swim or snorkel in this area because they are ruins, but we sailed over them. We are not sure when this city was built but the best and brightest of us speculate that it was constructed a couple hundred years BCE. We do however know that this city met it’s demise due to an earthquake in the year 2 AD. We could look to the sea floor and see ruins and what was left on land looked as if it was build right into the sea. There were literally staircases that went right into the water.
We docked at the town of Cayagzi and went on shore to go exploring. We took a bus to the city of Demre to see the ancient Lycian tombs (sarcophagi carved in the side of the mountain) and a beautiful Roman amphitheater. After climbing around the ruins we went into town and visited the Basilica of St. Nicholas. This is the home of the bishop of Myra during the 4th Century. This particular bishop was known to give sacks of gold to families who could not afford to pay dowries for their daughters to marry. This bishop later became the patron saint of children and is the man we know today as St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Noel Baba, Santa Claus.
We took the van back to the ship and and did some shopping in Ucagiz before setting sail for our evening port. We tied up and had time to swim, read, play Farkle and chat. We spent the rest of the evening eating dinner and we celebrated Butch’s Birthday with a delicious cake. Gloria and Claudia tried on their matching harem pants and did an amazing dance routine and Serpil gave all of the men wooden whistles and they serenaded us (or at least kept other boats out of our bay). We sang songs, starting with the Minnesota Rouser and progressed on to other tunes, that for the first time, started to demonstrate the generational divide between us. Great fun to watch! As promised no pictures or videos will be posted online.