|Our first "real" rain in four months|
|Statue of a Roman emperor, excavated from Tlos in 2011|
But don't you just love the sarcophagae scattered around the town, like this one which is a kind of traffic island?
Then there are the people, who live their lives around these tombs, and all the other paraphernalia in this town which has had more lives that its plenteous cats.
We like the open-mindedness that we've encountered in Turkey, the co-existence of Efes beer and minarets, of high heels and headscarves, of new money and old ways. There's a resilience, and an elasticity we've found here that perhaps shouldn't surprise us. Things change, but they stay the same - Fethiye is the town that was ancient Telmessos, and also Megri at one time, but was renamed after independence for Turkey's first "aviation martyr", who crashed his plane near Damascus in 1914 trying to fly from Istanbul to Cairo. A big earthquake flattened the town in 1957, but the status symbol tomb which Amyntas built for his bodily remains in the cliffs hasn't moved, and he's still got the best view in town (the one that opens this post).