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'Is this burning an eternal flame?'

(Saturday 24 January 2015) by Mariken
Kadir's Tree Houses
Kadir's Tree Houses
We have exchanged the do-it-yourself camping in Geyikbayiri for an all-inclusive luxury experience in Olympos. The big thing in Olympos is 'tree houses' (or 'tree hauses', depending on the level of English from the owner), which I would rather call 'houses made of trees'. The whole places breathes a slightly stale hippie feeling. When we checked in it felt really decadent to have our own 'tree house' with our own bathroom and breakfast and dinner included, but when the rain started again this morning it only felt justified. :-D

Eternal campfire
Eternal campfire
Olympos is firmly established on the backpacker circuit, but I am not sure I understand why. There is the beach of course, and the ruins, but both are not exceptionally spectacular. We came here because Olympos is the second major climbing area in Turkey. Unfortunately, the area has suffered from the downpour last week as well. Many walls are still damp, because they do not face south and the river is swollen (and even more so after the rain this morning) so some sectors are hard to reach. It is the time of the floating oranges. We tried to go the main sector, Cennet, but that involved too much hassle for a wall which was in the shade and therefore cold and - most likely - damp, so we gave up on that. In the end we managed one route in another sector (Gise), so at least we climbed in Olympos. Other than that we enjoyed the sun while strolling through the ruins of Olympos and at night we visited the eternal flames of Chimaera, an almost eerie sight. We enjoy the luxury of not having to do anything and sleeping indoors, but tomorrow we will travel on alongside the Mediterranean coast. On to Kalymnos because the need for good rocks keeps burning, like an eternal flame.

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