Day 11 – Fethiye 

Like yesterday, today we explored ruins in the morning and headed to cooling water in the afternoon.

This morning we explored the abandoned city of Livissi near Kayaköy.  The area was inhabited from the Bronze Age, but the oldest remaining structures (rock tombs) are from the 4th century BC.

Most of the stone  buildings now on the site were built in the late 19th & very early 20th centuries.  The city had a population of about 2,000 by 1900, primary Greek Christians.

At the end of the Greco-Turkish war (to define the shape of the new Turkish Republic), an agreement was reached for 1.2 million Greek-speaking Christians living in Anatolia to be resettled to Greece, and for 400,000 Turkish-speaking Muslims living in Macedonia to be resettled in Turkey. Depending on the source you read, the removal of the Greeks from Livissi was either peaceful (though compulsory) or violent. In either event, Livissi was abandoned by the mid-1920s, and is now a ghost town.

Jen has much better photos at kabby88.wordpress.com.

After buying a few crafts from two sweet old women in Kayaköy, we drove to a beautiful secluded cove and pebbly beach at Gemiler Köyü.  I’ve decided that pebbly beaches are my favorites in Turkey, because they don’t attract tourists (and the garish development that follows them).

After a restful afternoon in the shade (for Keith & me) and swim in the ocean (Jen & Onur), we headed into Fethiye for a little browsing & shopping, before going home to some delicious grilled levrek and çupra (fish bought early this morning at the fishmonger’s).

3 thoughts on “Day 11 – Fethiye ”

  1. Nice posts Amy! I’m really enjoying them.
    Interesting that your photo of the spice vendor seems to show only english signage. Are English speaking tourists more prevalent than other foreign travelers?

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    1. That shop was in an area that caters to tourists. While I was inside the shop buying baklava, a young Japanese couple was working hard to communicate what they wanted (in English) to the store clerk who was also speaking English.

      In the tourist areas that we’ve been to, English is by far the most common second language, followed by German and Russian. Even the two old women selling crafts in Kayaköy had picked up enough English to carry on basic conversations.

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