“Turkey, Hierapolis”

Time period travel would be the optimum transport today. Seeing Roman or Greek ruins always conjures thoughts of this nature. We don’t research our destinations too much in advance. We only need a picture to spark a desire that needs quenching. Terraced aquamarine-colored pools with brilliant white limestone banks, are the only thing I knew of this location. 

We traveled good roads passing crops and follow fields with grapes and olive trees mixed in. Turkey, like many countries has trees planted, and all seem to be the same size. Marble quarries scar the hill edges, and they were seen from great distances. 

The Maps diverts us in inexplicable mazes in villages. We were  told to stop in a residential backstreet. We knew this was wrong, and we could see a white reflection from a hillside and we headed there. With no signs, we wander around the edges of this out of place, lime-looking deposited on the hillside. Soon we enter a parking lot to what must been our destination. 

We get a ticket to park, then one to enter. A golf buggy is available to drive us or a twenty minute walk. Anytime someone tells you a twenty minute walk, it means hours of walking. We pay for a buggy and wait. We are surrounded by a Roman graveyard with crypts all over and a Roman stone road leading through the middle. The main part of the city was close by.

Soon our buggy arrived and we were off, with a private tour. We drove past the graveyard crypts and stone buildings. Soon we entered a Roman city with huge Herculaneum and then past foundations. In the distance a Roman Theatre was seen on the upper reaches of the hillside. We passed the Frontinus Gate of the city. A Roman bath flanks was on one side and olive oil press station for olive processing on the other side. 

We entered  the triple-arched monument entrance at the Frontinus Gate to the city with stones five feet wide forming the roadway. Pillars line the roadway into the market and Main Street. Further down, the blinding, white pools come into view. The water was a light blue and the whole side of the road is a park-like area with the blue pools of water cascading to multiple pools just below, then cascading to the next. At the bottom is a large pool to collect all the water for mineral baths. People had gathered at the pools taking in the view, with the healing powers of the brew. The healing powers are so beneficial from these heated waters, people come from miles around. They purportedly heal everything from arthritis to zygomycosis.

One of the mineral pools, they feel better already

The overall impression of the area is one of awe. The city remnants can be seen all over the surrounding hillsides. Some catastrophic event must have left the area inhabitable probably ruining the water supply and most of the buildings. There is lots to see still and visions of lives lived in the past filled our minds. 

Every time we visit ancient sites like Hierapolis, I wish we could travel back into the heyday to see life as it was back then.  

“Turkey 🇹🇷 ~Fethiye and the Ancient City of Telmessos”

Currently, we have arrived on the Western side of Turkey, all the way from the East. We felt like celebrating, so we stopped for a delicious dinner, for a job well done; before leaving Fethiye. We put in some serious miles, days and hours to get this far.

We had run in to some bad weather, which came and went; with some sunshine, rain, dark clouds and a rainbow. By the time we arrived at Fethiye, we had some rain to contend with, but we were able to get a few photos of what we came to see. After we were done in Fethiye, we headed towards the next destination we are very excited about, but by dark, we left the main road, around Burdur, in search of a hotel, again. We found a brand new one, way out in the middle of nowhere, so that was a surprise. In the morning, we will continue our drive to reach Pammukale.

The name of one of the small towns we drove through, just before arriving in Fethiye
We saw plenty of Marble cuttings along the route on this day…straight from the mountains
Time for more fruit

When we had chosen the coast route for part of of drive, west, we were counting on more landscape photos with the beauty of the coastline and mountains. What we knew nothing about were the number of greenhouses which are all over this region. From a photographers perspective, the presence of hundreds and hundreds of greenhouses, is a mar on the landscape. This is why we have very few photos. It just wasnt pretty. Had we gone inland, the same may have been true, with the discovery of getting a longer growing season. Good on them.

The greenhouse affect

Only a few more days in Turkey, and we will be making our exit to the next country.

ANCIENT CITY OF TELMESSOS

We looked forward to seeing this antiquity for our whole trip. I would say this town has been affected by COVID, more than other places. I don’t think they have many visitors at this time, If one googles this area, you will read how beautiful it is and how its a number one destination for holidays, etc. We did not see anything that resembled that. Fethiye was run down and a bit ghetto. We loved seeing the sites, but looked forward to leaving, at the same time. The weather can sometimes have this down-turn affect too, as without sunshine, it is hard to see as much beauty making everything pop, where it involves water

Greek ruins throughout the region of Fethiye are symbolic reminders of the rich history of the ancient city of Telmessos. As the largest city in the historic Lycian district, there is evidence of its existence dating back to the 5th century, although the current town name of Fethiye was only granted in 1934.
Telmessos Ancient City
The origin of the name of Telmessos is said to derive from a Greek myth, where the god Apollo transformed himself into a dog, to win over the love of the King’s daughter. Once he accomplished this, he returned to his former self, and their son was named Telmessos, translating to the “land of lights.”
Historically, the city has been manifested by culturally rich Hellenistic and Roman periods, with their survived remains still visible in Fethiye, today. Throughout their different reigns, from the Ottoman Empire to the apparent invasion from Alexander the Great, the residents of Telmessos were actually Greek. It wasn’t until the 19th century that a population exchange occurred, replacing the Greek citizens with the Turkish, who remain there today.
Today, the Lycian Rock Tombs are one of the most famous landmarks in the region. They are carved into a cliff face, and are combined with a breathtaking panoramic view of contemporary Fethiye town.
Tomb of King Amyntas
Fethiye, Mugla is an uphill climb required to get here, but the reward is only a small hole to see anything, inside. The highest and largest of the Tombs was built in 350 BC when Fethiye was known as Telmessos, one of the city-states that formed Lycia.  An inscription on the side of the tomb reads “Amyntou tou Ermagiou;” The Tomb of Amyntas.
Little is known about the Lycian period, it can be assumed that Amyntas was an important figure due to the height of his temple.
Carved into the rocks, Lycian rock tombs are the symbols of Telmessos Ancient City. The most magnificent and famous one of these tombs, is one built in ancient times with two columns belonging to the King Amyntas (son of Hermepias), and dating back to the 4th century BC. The name of King Amyntas is inscribed on the left column in Lycian language. As you get closer the rock tomb, you admire the greatness of its dimensions.
Built by the Knights of St John in the 11th century, the Fethiye Castle is a must-see for anyone interested in archaeological sites. History might have made Fethiye unique, but nature blessed the city with eternal beauty.
The Castle is located up on the hill and built on the site where once stood the town itself. Over time, the city expanded and descended to the base, while Fethiye Castle remained alone in its beauty and grandeur. It was originally built in the 11th century and during the 15th century, the Knights of Rhodes again rebuilt and renovated the ruins. During this period the Castle was used as a naval base.
Once you climb up the hill to the walls, you will see that not much is left of the Castle, but you will not be disappointed. Besides, you will be able to look around the ruins and enjoy the view of the whole city that stretches in front of you. Just nearby is the Roman Theatre, very close to the city center, and is exactly opposite the commercial harbor. Before the construction of the Roman theater, in the same place, there was a theater that was built in the Greek style.

Excavation is ongoing.
Here, on the middle right side, you can make out another entrance to the Castle, which goes inside the mountain
Tombs, along roadway in town, but can not find info
Another tomb, right in the middle of the road, but no info
We walked into the restaurant, and see a display of meat. Guests get to pick their cuts. A gentlemen walked up and spoke pretty good English. He waved his had at the selections and said “What is it that you want.” I joked back: “I want Pork, but I doubt you can make that happen.” (Muslims against pork)
Cooked to perfection! Lamb
Stuffed Mushrooms
Potatoes prepared in a way, it was like biting into a potato salad.
Iced Coffee, just in case I had to help drive to find a hotel
Baklava and ice cream with Pistachios

“Daryls Hair Journey” ~~Part III

Now that two weeks have almost gone by, I am seeing Daryl slowly re-emerge to his usual fun self.  Just today, I saw his winning smile, and he was making (bad) jokes, like normal 🤣🤣

He is sleeping well, and the head pain has subsided. Now he gets some sharp pains here and there, but headaches are way less.

When outside, Daryl must wear a hair cover at all times. A hat is too tight fitting, so he was given this black scarf. It works

His harvested hairs on the back of his head are growing back with gusto. The sides of his head are coming back slower, from the harvest. The implanted hairs are growing as expected, so bald spots are disappearing. I notice, especially, his hair line is back in front, and his back bald spot is filling in. On top, there is a mix of grey and darker hair, so the grey hair is there, just not as dark, so it does not look like it is filling in, but it is. It will take time for that area to be thicker. He definitely has new hair, where there once was none! This is still a six month journey to allow the hair to get the regrow going, and a year for final results.

Daryl has been in touch with the nurse and asked a few questions, where we got better clarity on some answers: 

*In total, there were 4,400 grafts planted, not the 3,800 we thought it was. 

*Each graft had two to three hair follicles, making the number there around 10,000 hair follicles in total.

*There is a 97 percent guarantee the new hair growth will be successful. There is a very low chance of hair loss after this procedure.

Four or five days ago, I asked Daryl if he was glad he got the hair transplant procedure done. This was not a yes or no answer… but more of a grunt.

After ten days, there is no more requirement for lotion foam sprays or special shampoos. That’s progress. The antibiotics are finished as well as circulation meds, and meds for anti-swelling. His head shape has returned to normal. He does say his head feels numb to the touch. I never knew a numb skull was real thing! 😂

An extra bonus at this stage of healing, and I do jest with the word bonus…is .the dried skin, and blood spots from his hair holes which are now healing and sluffing off. Daryl says he feels like he wakes up in a pile of termite sawdust activity all over his pillow and his back and shoulders.  Of course it’s not that bad, but let me add, it’s very nice we sleep in new hotels each night, so we have fresh sheets all the time. Given there is plenty of sluffing to go, this will take some time.

Pillow and sluffing

What made Daryl smile, earlier? He was driving and looked in the rear view mirror and caught a glimpse of the top of his head. He said, “I’m not use to seeing hair up there!”  

BEFORE PHOTO; No front hairline
Hairline is back!

I said, “Are you glad you had the procedure done?” He said, “I think so.”

Progress!

Harvested area is coming back in, no problem

We continue to get plenty of help with our luggage at each hotel we choose. People in Turkey are very kind and helpful.  It will be another two weeks before Daryl is allowed to lift any weight. We hope Austrians are just as helpful.

If you missed “Daryls Hair Journey” from the beginning. Here are the links!

Part I

http://A Different Kind of Trip ~”Daryls Hair Journey” ~Part I

Part II
http://“Daryls Hair Journey” ~~Part II