Fri 3 Nov 06
It's been a while since my last entry, so this will just be a quick recap of the past few weeks. After leaving Naxos, we headed to the super touristy island of Santorini. This island is at least touristy for a good reason, it is the site of one of the biggest volcano eruptions in recorded history, and therefore there is a submerged crater dealy with the caldera walls creating cliffs all around the crescent shaped island. However, all this is pretty much ruined by the tacky and ridicoulously overpriced shops and restaurants all around.
Moving on, we headed to Crete. We visited Knossos, home of the Minotaur. Unfortunately, they don't let you pet him anymore, after the tragic death of 3 Germans back in 2004. However, our visit in Crete was cut short once we learned that the last ferry of the season to Rhodes was leaving in just a few days. Oh well, we'll just have a reason to come back some other time.
Rhodes was our last stop in Greece, and although it had a really cool medieval old town, it loses a lot of it's ambiance by being so commercial.
Then it was off to Turkey! Getting there was quite easy (though expensive) from Rhodes, however, I would really like to know what Canada has done to make the Turkish Government not like us. On arrival, we had to buy a visa stamp, and looking at the list, we saw that for all countries, this costs from 10-20 Euros. The one exception to this is for Canadians, where it costs a whopping 45 Euros. GAH!
From our arrival port, we headed to a little town called Dalyan. You couldn't really ask for a more beautiful setting, right on a river, and some really cool tombs carved into the cliffs behind it (see pictures in previous entry). We joined up with a few other tourists, and took a boat to a turtle nesting beach (sadly there were no turtles to be seen at that time) and then back up the river to Kaunos, an old ruined city with a really cool theatre.
Unfortunately, the weather hasn't really been the greatest here in Turkey. It's been rainy and stormy most of the time, however, this is expected to get better in the next couple of days.
The one exception to the bad weather was yesterday, when it was sunny and warm. We started the day with a oh-my-god-I'm-going-to-die hike down the side of a cliff. It wouldn't have been so bad, but we had our big packs on, which adds a lot of extra weight, and messes with your balance. Balance is especially important when going down a path more fit for a mountain goat (and there are plenty around, including in our dinner), than humans. We got down to Butterfly Valley, a beautiful place where we were expecting to spend a few days, however, just as we got there, everyone was packing up to leave. Because they were taking the last boat of the season, and the prospect of having to hike back up the cliff (probably in the rain) didn't appeal, we decided just to leave with them and continue our travels.