Louise's Travel Journal

My Vacation is in Ruins

This morning we had breakfast at 8:00 and the ship took us back to Kas. We met up with a bus at the dock and some of us took off for a day of exploring ancient ruins.

We visited the ancient Lycian cities of Letoon, Xanthos and Patara.  These cities are of great historical significance. Patara is know to be the birthplace of Apollo (son of Zeus) and St. Nicholas. There is a massive grainery from the era for the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Letoon was founded in honor of Leto, mother of Apollo and Artemis. There is a beautifully well preserved mosaic on the floor of the temple of Apollo in Letoon.

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Xanthos was originally built around 1200 BCE however, during an invasion, this city  was burnt to the ground around 450 BCE. After that, it was rebuilt on top of the ashes of the old city. The city remained under siege for many hundreds of years to follow from the likes of Melasandros, Alexander the Great, King Antiochus, Ptolemy, Brutus and Marc Antony.

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The ship met us in the city of Kalkan and we set sail for an evening bay just a ways up the coast.

We had time to swim and read and play games. For dinner we had a delicious lamb and mushroom gravy on rice. More fresh veggies and figs and melon for dessert. Very windy tonight. Hoping for calm waters for good sleep.

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