Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday June 27 - Palamutbuku

This was on the way to Palamutbuku

This was the little bay where we set up shop.

I went to another amazing beach village called Palamutbuku (Pala-moot-boo-koo). I went snorkeling in this amazing bay!! The water is so clear!! The interesting thing is that there wasn't many fish to be seen. Apparently over fishing could be the cause? I am not sure why. It was like looking into this amazing aquarium but without many things in it. More fish might come out in the evening... maybe?

One of my biggest complaints about Turkey so far is that people litter. So there is trash in the most amazing places ever!! It is so beautiful here that you would think people would keep it clean, but... NO!! So while snorkeling, I got to see trash at the bottom of the ocean. A couple of beer cans, plastic wrappers, etc. These things were on the beach as well. Sucky!!

Anyways, the water was cool/cold and it felt so nice to come up on the beach and get warm in the sun, really nice place. It is on the way to Knidos (kah-nee-dos), which is about 30 minutes away from Palamutbuku. I have been told by numerous people that I should go there. Maybe I will get the chance.

See below:

Knidos or Cnidus (play /ˈndəs/; Ancient Greek: Κνίδος [knidos]) is an ancient settlement located in Turkey. It was an ancient Greek city ofCaria, part of the Dorian Hexapolis. It was situated on the Datça peninsula, which forms the southern side of the Sinus Ceramicus, now known as Gulf of Gökova. By the fourth century BC, Knidos was located at the site of modern Tekir, opposite Triopion Island. But earlier, it was probably at the site of modern Datça (at the half-way point of the peninsula).[1]

It was built partly on the mainland and partly on the Island of Triopion or Cape Krio. The debate about it being an island or cape is caused by the fact that in ancient times it was connected to the mainland by a causeway and bridge. Today the connection is formed by a narrow sandyisthmus. By means of the causeway the channel between island and mainland was formed into two harbours, of which the larger, or southern, was further enclosed by two strongly built moles that are still in good part entire.

The extreme length of the city was little less than a mile, and the whole intramural area is still thickly strewn with architectural remains. The walls, both of the island and on the mainland, can be traced throughout their whole circuit; and in many places, especially round the acropolis, at the northeast corner of the city, they are remarkably perfect. The first Western knowledge of the site was due to the mission of the Dilettante Society in 1812, and the excavations executed by C. T. Newton in 1857-1858.

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