Tuesday 29 September
Heading to the coastal towns of Fethiye and Oludeniz, we went to the Saklikent Gorge with its Rapids. The high cliffs of the gorge made it really shady and cool. The water was gushing and, as it is the dry season, It must be massive water currents when the wet season occurs. It was necessary to cross the river to go up the gorge and because the current was strong a rope had been stretched across the river to hang on to. One of the group covered herself in mud because she heard it was therapeutic.
We went to lunch on the top of the hill, after stopping for a photo shoot of some castle ruins along the way. We entered via a walkway with hanging birdhouses and set amongst big shady trees. It was called Yaka Park and we watched some women making stuffed flat bread cooked in a wood fired open oven … we tasted the delicious bread later with our meal.
Paul decided to try the fish therapy so he sat with his lower legs and feet in a fish tank with small fish which sucked the dry and loose skin off his toes, soles and lower legs. He said it was a weird tingling sensation which lasted for longer than one hour in his feet. The fish seemed to concentrate on his right leg in preference to his left for some reason.
Our next stop was an abandoned village Kayakoy which was used for the film “The Water Diviner “. It had been destroyed by an earthquake in the 50s and never reoccupied.