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Turkey: Bodrum or Halikarnassos III

Published: 15.9.2014
At the theater once again I try to hitchhike a dolmush and continue to Gumbet, another bay beyond Bodrum. I go there to see the Myndos gate. From there a road to the city of Myndos ran. The gate was on a strategically significant location.

Gumbet

The gate’s towers were 10 meters high built of massive adhesive blocks. There was a 50 meters long, 6 meters wide, and 5 meters deep moat. When Alexander the Great sieged the city, his soldiers ran onto the drawbridge that broke loose and the soldiers fell into the moat and died. Yet Alexander managed to capture the city anyway.

Gumbet

And once again on the road. My dolmush rides uphill to windmills. There is a beautiful view. These mills used to be there as early as in the time of the Ottoman rule processing mill. Bodrum is a windy place, and the city is known for its windsurf and catamaran races. At one edge there is the city of Bodrum and at the otherside there is the area of Gumbet, literally water tank. Its shape is of white dome. When it is raining, water fall down on its surface to groove around it. It leads the water inside where it is used as drinkable water, and also for irrigation and animals.

Gumbet - cisterna

Below on direction to Bodrum there used to be a spring where nymph Salmakis lived. There the gorgeous son of Aphrodite used to take bath. The nymph Salmakis fell madly in love with him and begged gods to let her be with him forever. They listened to her and united them in one body and this is how a hermaphrodite was born. Half man, half woman …

Gumbet - cisterna

From this beautiful place I go to the center of Gubmet. There I enjoy calamari in a beautiful restaurant. It looks like a renovated mill. You can go inside to the mill and also upstairs. There is a sort of mini museum. It has an ancient feeling and beautiful view. IN the night it changes to a foothold for those heading below to Bar Street to enjoy the night. After calamari I order a shrimp salad, and eventually a melon and fresh orange juice.

Gumbet

Refreshed, in good mood I enter dolmush to Konacik... There true inhabitants of Bodrum live. Those who stay through winter when beaches change to wild coastline with waves attacking these calm oases for lazy tourists. In Konacik I visit a real bazaar. There I buy fruits for to eat on my way. When I will be returning through this place, I will enjoy fresh gozlem, i.e. Turkish pancake with cheese and dill made in a scarf on large pan. And now I go uphill, by feet. It is hot, the hill is getting steeper yet the town of Pedasa, where I am heading, is worth it. I notice a large one-meter black snake. Poor animal was scared of me even more than I of him and quickly disappeared in the bushes. Now, I reached the top. I walk along renovated dwellings with beautiful views. Next I go to the second part with wooden staircase made of railway sleepers. I find myself among a couple of houses and by the city watchtower with a Turkish flag. There are no tourists. They probably don’t even know something like this is eventhere. Signs about this place are hard to read for someone randomly passing by.

vyhled na Gumbet

To be continued...

Text/photo: Sylvie Halouzková



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