Olympos – the Ruins

12/28 – today we went back to the ruins of ancient Olympos, and took our time exploring. The ruins are open and accessible to anyone who wants to climb around in them.

There are tombs, of course.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/24c/64656307/files/2014/12/img_5865.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/24c/64656307/files/2014/12/img_5905.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/24c/64656307/files/2014/12/img_5907.jpg

A fifth century episcopal church.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/24c/64656307/files/2014/12/img_5917.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/24c/64656307/files/2014/12/img_5911.jpg

A second century Roman temple dedicated to Marcus Aurelius.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/24c/64656307/files/2014/12/img_5921.jpg

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/24c/64656307/files/2014/12/img_5923.jpg

We are right on an ocean inlet, and there is lots of water to navigate around.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/24c/64656307/files/2014/12/img_5913.jpg

A helpful someone built this very shaky bridge.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/24c/64656307/files/2014/12/img_5924.jpg

Like everything in Olympos, half of the ruins are on the other side of the inlet. How to get there? Take off your shoes and wade!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/24c/64656307/files/2014/12/img_5931.jpg

Here’s a sign we found on the other side:

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/24c/64656307/files/2014/12/img_5933.jpg

We found a path up the mountain, and a sign that said the ruins of a hillside village were here. We climbed and climbed, scrabbling over big rocks on a very narrow trail. We finally reached a sheer cliff and some Germans rock-climbing up the face. Oops! We certainly weren’t doing that!image

The view from the top was worth the climb. Note the ant-like humans down on the beach!image

The descent is always easier than the climb.image

When we got back to the beach, Jim found a feathered friend:image

We never did find our way to the ruins on the other side. We’ll come back tomorrow and try again.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s