The littlest member of our family just loves to sing. Often he sings new words he learns during the day. But lately he loves to sing a little song he calls "Jungle Dars". He got his inspiration from his (latest) two most favourite songs:
And this one:
Ky's version goes a little bit like this:
jungle jungle dars
The lyrics may not be particularly deep and meaningful, but the melody is just beautiful. To me, my little angel's lovely lilting voice really does sound like that of an angel. I could listen to him all day long.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
After my last post, I've been feeling so inspired to blog. More so than every before. However, each time I attempted to access my blog (except for today) I was confronted with these bold red letters:
Which tell me that my blog has been blocked by order of the court!
I realise since beginning my blog I've offended some people, but did I also offend the nation of Turkey to the extent that the government had to block my blog? Or perhaps it was because of my use of the v-word in one of my more recent posts ... you know the one! That word pertaining to a certain lady part. Seriously, who knows the reason. In fact, I don't think my blog was special, I believe all blogger websites were actually banned. Every day I come across websites and blogs in particular that have been blocked from public access here in Turkey. For a supposedly democratic society, for me it's interesting how people's opinions, thoughts and ideas, which are not in line with the government's thinking are erased, deleted or blocked (like my website). Thankfully, unlike many unlucky individuals here, I have not been arrested ... yet ... I have a lot of thoughts about this and similar topics but I fear this blog is not the place to voice my opinions...
I don't want to get all political anyway. I just wanted to let you know why I hadn't posted anything recently.
Hopefully my blog will stay accessible and I'll be free to write more blogs more regularly.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
|Early one morning we walked about 20 metres from our hotel (opposite the town quay) to explore the ruins of Telmessos, an ancient Roman amphitheater.|
|Uncovered not so long ago, in 1993, this amphitheater dates back to the 2nd Century!|
Second Stop: Kaya Mezarleri (translation = Rock Tombs). These tombs are located within the actual city of Fethiye. Only a 5 minute drive from our hotel.
Next Stop: Oludeniz (translation = Dead Sea)
|These tombs belong to the family of Amyntas, the king or governor of ancient Telemessos (the original name of Fethiye) during the Hellenistic period (200-300 BC)|
|Kaya was just as impressed as we were by these wonderful old tombs carved into the side of a slope overlooking the whole of Fethiye.|
Third Stop: Kaya Koyu (translation = Rock Village). A 20 minute drive into the mountains above Fethiye we came across this abandoned village. The history of this place is quite a sad story. Originally a Greek village dating back more than a thousand years, the inhabitants lived in peace and harmony with their Turkish neighbours ... that was up until 1922 when the "population exchange" occurred and all Greeks in Turkey were ordered to return to Greece and all Turks were ordered to leave Greece and return to Turkey. The village was abandoned at that time. Unfortunately, during the forced eviction, many belongings were left behind only to be stolen by "treasure hunters" who also looted the place and destroyed many of the buildings. Now all that remains of this ghost towns are a number of dilapidated buildings overgrown with wild fig trees and the occasional goat.
|Entering the old village of Kaya Koyu.|
Next Stop: Oludeniz (translation = Dead Sea)
|A beautiful sunny day to play on the deserted rocky beach.|
|Even warm enough to take a quick dip in the sea!|
|A panoramic view of the Oludeniz beach. Beautiful!|
Next Stop: Patara. Another ancient Lycian city dating back to the time of Apollo! This place is so rich in history and interesting facts and discoveries, I couldn't do it justice by trying to describe it here. But if you ever visit Turkey, this is one (of many) places well-worth the visit.
|The first excavated stonework we passed on our way into the National Park of Patara. Much of the city has yet to be uncovered, including an Apollo Temple that archeologists know to be buried somewhere in there ...|
|Patara was once a busy trading port but over the years as the geography changed, it silted up and became a marshy swamp. I think the marshes provide a lovely water feature to this scenic picture.|
|This cow is oblivious to the yet to be discovered treasures of this ancient city.|
|Patara beach is 12km of beautiful fine sand and climbable rocks perfect for boys big and small to play|
|A couple of hundred metres inside the canyon. The walls were so high we could only just see the sky above. The water looked so clean but boy was it cold!|
|Our house is one of those in the background. The first day we arrived it started snowing. What a treat!|
|This was the view from our front door this morning.|
Three days later, it's still snowing. The car is pretty much buried and the snow is up to the bottom of the windows of the ground floor of the house. If the snow doesn't let up soon, we'll be prisoners here.