|One of the many chimera atop Mt Olympos|
|The ruined temple on Mt Olympos|
|Walking amongst the chimera|
It was a very hot day to start with but even hotter amongst the flaming chimera. We picked our way cautiously across the hillside being careful not to step into a gassy cauldron. They are not obvious until you are nearly on top of them. Apparently the flames can be seen for quite a distance at night. Some people even make the challenging hike up in the dark to see them which must be quite an eerie experience.
|Ooops! I think it might be ice cream time!|
|The beach at Cirali|
Our van had broken down just as we arrived at the mountain and was still being repaired when we returned to it, however, we were very happy to have an excuse to sit in the peaceful pine forest and eat ice creams from the tiny shop there.
All fixed and ready to go we headed to the nearby village of Cirali to have our first swim in the Mediterranean. The water was crystal clear and warm. I noted in my diary that it was "refreshing and delicious" and very welcome after the hike. After the swim some of us wandered further along the stony beach to the entry to the Hellenistic ruined city of Olympos. We didn't go in but took time to admire the well preserved Lycian tombs at the entrance.
We ate lunch at a beach restaurant, typical Turkish style with long cushioned benches, which we were invited to lounge and relax on between swims. For lunch I had what was becoming a great favourite of mine, lentil soup with a half lemon squeezed into it.
Inside St Nicholas' Basilica
|St Nicholas statue, Demre|
From Demre we travelled on to Kas, arriving at this stunningly beautiful seaside town in time for a glorious sunset.