Bodrum Kalesi

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    • Day 12

      Morning walk and coffee in Bodrum

      September 9, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      We woke up early and left the camping. We abandoned the Kos and Rhodos idea, because we couldn’t find any campings on the map. Instead, we planned to catch a ride to Datca, to not go back on the same road.

      It was early enough for us to take a walk through the marina area before the castle was open. The town itself felt too touristic, and oriented towards partying.
      We tried some new varieties of local cookies with a cup of coffee, while looking out at the sea.
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    • Day 87


      October 25, 2022 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      I had a really good sleep and it was easy to get up in the morning, which is nice for a change. :) So I wasn't rushed with packing, breakfast, and the checkout and got to the ferry terminal in time. It was a pretty big chaos there actually since multiple ferries were about to depart but all passengers going to Turkey had to pass the same border control check point and were gathered in the same crowded waiting area. Not much fun with a bicycle. 😅 The ferry ride took only 25min but again we had to queue for a check point once we arrived in Bodrum. They let pass without checking luggage or anything at all.
      I then cycled into town and searched for a Turkish simcard. Since prices for the tourist packages vary depending on the shop, I asked around multiple stores and ended up getting a vodafone 25GB/4 weeks free whatsapp usage package for around 17€. The people in the store were super helpful and friendly. Once everything was set up I went to marina for a second breakfast/lunch, I was pretty hungry. I was sharing the bench with a guy, who I eventually asked where I could store my bicycle safely while I'm off sightseeing. Via google translater he recommended me to ask the people working in a supervised parking lot nearby, which turned out to work fine! 😁 I'm usually not into museums that much, but there's an underwater acheologic museum in Bodrum!! That's where I spent the next two hours, looking at 2000 year old sunken wrecks that they've recovered and stuff they found with it! It was certaiy worth the visit. After the museum, I strolled around the bazaar area and got some amazing bakery goods that I'm still trying to find elsewhere again. :D I then picked up my bicycle and cycled to the mausoleums and theater a little outside of Bodrum. The mausoleum is one of the seven old world wonders and it's probably the only one where you can wander around between its remains and actually touch the stones!! It was pretty cool. :) I also met a Brasilian guy there and we talked a little, which was nice.
      Around 7pm I arrived at my couchsurfer's place Onur. He accepted my last minute request the day before since my former couchsurfer got sick. Just after I dropped my stuff, we were almost immediately heading to a batchata/salsa dance class that he's currently taking. It was so much fun and luckily only the second lesson, so it wasn't too hard yet. We were around 9 people and the course was held in Turkish, of course. 😅 Such a fun experience. :)) After the dance class we went to a bar together with the dance class people, where some of them were participating in a darts competition.
      Around 11pm we took a taxi back home, we both had to get up early, Onur for work and me to get out of the building. 😅 It was a really fun time with Onur and his friends and the best first day in Turkey I could have imagined!! 😁
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    • Day 14

      Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum

      September 18, 2021 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 86 °F

      The last time Mui and I were in Bodrum was in 2013. It was a port of call on a cruise that left İstanbul and eventually dropped us off in Florida nearly a month later.

      On that occasion, we visited the Bodrum Castle, which was built in 1402 by the Knights of St John and later taken over by the Ottoman Empire in 1523. Used as a fortification for nearly 400 years by the Empire, the castle was eventually abandoned after WWI. In the 1960s, after some restoration work, the castle became the site of the award-winning Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

      You really can’t come to Bodrum and not visit this museum, so it was our first stop today … all the more fun because it was Deniz’s first time here.

      Mui and Işıl did a quick wander through the castle and then found a café where they sat and enjoyed beverages while Deniz and I took our time, following uneven streets and staircases to visit each nook and cranny around the castle … checking out the various exhibits featuring artifacts excavated from the many ancient wrecks that are found in the waters around the area … seeking shade where we could to get relief from the sun that was bright and brutally hot.

      Despite the discomfort of the hot and humid conditions, we made the most of our visit, the ₺90 admission covered by the MüzeKart we purchased for ₺60 before we left İzmir. Yup … already ₺30 ahead of the game with the card that is good for one year, and which is accepted at nearly all the museums that are operated under the auspices of the Turkish Ministry of Tourism.
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    • Day 104


      November 13, 2021 in Turkey ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Wir scheinen uns von Touristenort zu Touristenort zu hangeln. Bodrum gehört sicher zu der grösseren Sorte davon. In der Altstadt reiht sich wieder Laden an Laden, die uns allerlei Souvenirs, Schmuck und Kleider verkaufen wollen. Und am Hafen stehen Ausflugsschiffe in jeder Grösse, die im Sommer wohl eindeutig mehr zu tun haben als jetzt.

      Wir schauen uns heute erstmal das Kastell St. Peter (Bodrum Kalesi) an. Darin beherbergt ist auch ein Unterwasserarchäologie-Museum. Eigentlich hat uns das Museum gar nicht interessiert, aber es ist halt im Preis inbegriffen. Was für eine Fehlannahme!

      Die Burg selbst ist schon sehenswert: ziemlich gross, gut erhalten und wo nötig schön restauriert. Das Museum ist aber äusserst interessant und eines der wenigen zum Thema Unterwasserarchäologie. Neben den verschiedenen Techniken zur Freilegung von Schiffswrack sind mehrere Räume des Schlosses einzelnen Schiffen, ihrer Herkunft und der Fracht gewidmet. Zwei Schiffe können sogar als Nachbau bzw. Original in ihrer vollen Grösse betrachtet werden. Wir staunen, was seit der Bronzezeit bereits alles transportiert wurde und welche Erkenntnisse aus den Überresten der Schiffe gewonnen werden konnten.
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