Description and photos of a trip by Janice and Larry Hatt to Rome, Italy; a cruice on the MS Braemar to eastern Mediterranean ports followed by a motor trip to Pompeii and the Amalfi coast of southern Italy.
Wednesday, October 8th; Marmaris, Turkey and Rhodes, Greece
We arrived in port at Marmaris, Turkey this morning. It's a beautiful area -lots of pine forests, steep slopes, colourful villages. We took a bus to Dalyan,which is in a conservation area. Along the way we enjoyed the beauty of thelandscape and learned, among other things, about the wonders of pine honey. Manyhoneybees in this area of pine forests. We saw fields of cotton, citrus orchards,sesame seeds being harvested, pomegranate groves and other crops. It appears to be a prosperous area, but there is much less traffic than we've seenelsewhere. There is a lot of highway construction to widen the roads.
At Dalyan weboarded small boats for the trip to Kaunos passing amazing Lycean tombs carved intothe rock walls high above the river. At Kaunos we had a long walk up to the ruins of this former seaport ofpre-Roman times (until the harbour silted in). The ruins and particularly theamphitheatre was quite amazing and we disturbed a mountain goat grazing among the'bleachers'.
Back at the ship we watched the beautiful harbour recede and a few hourslater arrived at the Greek Island of Rhodes. It has an ever more amazing harbour. Very beautiful, surrounded with crenalatedwalls and buildings like something out of the middle ages. The harbour was verybeautiful at night with all the lights.
We've been enjoying professional entertainment in the lounges every night. Tonight many people went ashore, so the pros took the night off and the amateursamong the cruise staff put on an excellent show. Then it was time to turn in earlyfor tomorrow is very early departure on our Rhodes tour.