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Between Babadag  and Mendos Mountains is a flat  open plain  , its a small grassed and open area . Within this area is a little hamlet of houses, only half a dozen or so. All very much Turkish houses and are only lived in in the spring and summer months due to the altitude. In winter months these houses cannot be occupied due to a lot of the winter being above the snow line.

These houses are more for the farming community that reside within the area .. some of the houses are more a cottage type and some are more farm house type of build.

The only way to get up to the "village" is by going up the main Babadag Road, the same road as the Para glider's take to jump of the mountain and "fly" down to Oludeniz Beach. The village is about half way up .. 8 kms from the main top road in Ovacik. You can drive up the Babadag Road quite easy .. the road is narrow though with steep drops to the side in places, so not for those people that are not to keen on heights. You could of course walk up  .. it is steep so you do need to be used to walking. I do know some one who cycled to the top of Babadag Mountain .. 18 kms .. but that's another story.

The views from the village are fantastic, on a clear day you can see, with binoculars towards Saklikent, Kabaagac, Minare .. because of the height you are at  it looks like for miles .. and it is.

Having walked or driven up the Babadag Mountain road from Ovacik you can leave the car and walk around the village and continue your journey up to the top of Mendos Mountain. Its not sign posted at all and is infact difficult to see the path to the summit itself .. I tried last year to get to the summit but failed to find the way to the top. This year I intend to get to the top of Mendos .. but that to will be another story to tell.

The picture, above, is of the flat open plain .. the "village" that lays between Babadag Mountain and Mendos Mountain.

You can see more of the photos I took of the "village" and surrounding areas here ..

http://fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery/apriljun12/12april12

As you can see the day I went up  was not the best of days, lots of cloud about.

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Cultural Connections 2013 at Kaya, a week long of events that got off to a good start yesterday, Saturday.

The first event was a walk through the ghost village with Louis de Bernières , the author of the famous book, Birds Without Wings.

You can read more about the book here ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_Without_Wings_(novel)

It was a great day out .. we started by meeting at Gunays Garden at 2 pm. Gunays Garden is a lovely setting with a back drop of the ghost village,a perfect location for the start and finish of the walk. Most of the Cultural Connection 2013 events are to be held at Gunays Garden.

You can see more about Gunays Garden here ....

http://gunaysgarden.com/

We set of for the walk and  went along the main road in Kaya towards the ruined ghost village after being welcomed to the Cultural Connections 2013 by Jane Akatay .

We entered the ghost village near to the main entrance and walked to the first church where we were treated to one of the many passages read from the book Birds Without Wings author Louis de Bernières . We stopped of at five  places throughout the village for his readings from his book. This guy is brilliant to listen to .. his knowledge of the village is outstanding and he also puts in  other little comments relevant to his book which he found out while doing his research before writing the book.

We ended the walk, one and half hours later, back at Gunays Garden where an afternoon tea awaited us. Louis had his book and posters of our walk available for sale and he was more than happy to sign them for you.

Another book available to buy, written by Dean Livesley and Jane Akatay, was A Guide to Kayakoy. This book is divided into three sections - Places , People and Walks, giving the readers diverse insights into the history, memories and walking routes for making the most of this evocative, atmospheric and unique environment.

You can read more  by visiting this site ..

www.kayakoyguide.com

The picture above is Louis himself reading one of his passages from his book. There are more photos taken while on the walk on  the gallery page here ...

http://fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery/aprjun13/cultural-connections-2013-27th-april-2013

For more information on the rest of the events of Cultural Connections 2013 at Kaya have a look here ...

http://culturalconnectionsfestival.com/

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Well the season has started down a Gemiler Beach.

The sun umbrella's are  up at the café/bar tables to help protect you while you have something to eat or drink. The sun beds and sun umbrella's on the beach go out next week.

The usual admission charge to go onto the beach is now in place .. 3 tl per person this year.

The photo, above,  shows one of the many day trip boats that was anchored off St Nicholas Island ...also you will see the "doughnut" boat is out giving rides .. the summer season has started.

There are more photos I took, yesterday,  at Gemiler Beach on the gallery page here ...

http://fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery/aprjun13/gemiler-beach-25th-april-2013

In one or two of the photos of the beach you can see a yellow dust on the sea.. its not pollution its the pollen from all the pine trees that  surround the bay. At this time of the year it can be seen and is  not harmful but, if like me you are asthmatic, or have hay fever, it can be quite irritating though. A couple of more weeks and it will be gone.

The only thing that needs to start up down at Gemiler Beach is the dolmus, bus .. but im sure these will start up when we get into May.

You can get to Gemiler Beach by driving from Fethiye up the hill into Ovacik and on through Hisaronu and Kayakoy .. its about 20 kms drive from Fethiye.

The dolmus, bus, can be caught in Fethiye, by the big mosque, and follows the same route as if you were driving there yourself ... just watch for the dolmus with the sign in the front window saying Gemiler Beach/Kayakoy and flag it down.

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Kayakoy is steeped in history and this weekend we will see Kayakoy come alive with  Cultural Connections 2013

The event will be a celebration of literature, music, art, food and history of Kayakoy.

You can see from this link what the week is all about from there web site ...

http://culturalconnectionsfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/KC-2013-Event-Program-EngFP___.pdf

They also have a Facebook page the link is here  ...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cultural-Connections/539136522787162?fref=ts

I will be popping along  on the opening day for the walk with the author of  Birds Without Wings, a novel by Louis de Bernièress written in 2004.

More about the book by Louis can be found here ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birds_Without_Wings

The photo above shows Kayakoy in the winter of 2011 with a dramatic back drop of snow on Mendos Mountain.

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Butterfly Valley is just a short boat ride from Oludeniz.

The valley itself is only really accessible by boat. There is a path down to the beach from the Oludeniz to Kabak Road but this is very dangerous due to its steepness.

The journey by boat, from Oludeniz, takes approx. 40 minutes. You can book the boat trip at the pay booth on the beach near to the Dolmus Terminus , Bus Terminus. I think there are two boats a day in each direction allowing you 3- 4 hours at the valley.

It is said that there are many different species of butterfly and moths in the valley ... depends of the time of year you go as to what you see.  It is surrounded by a variety of plants and herbs such as, mint ,thyme, oregano ,jasmine ,eucalyptus, anemone, mimosa. elm trees. The valley is 86 acres large and surrounded by vertical rock

The beach and valley see many of the day trip boats arriving .. the bay itself  usually has quite calm clear water, suitable for swimming or diving in.

A small café/bar is on the beach serving basic food. Small tree like houses are available to rent if you wanted to stop over for the night .. these are very very basic ... you need to bring a sleeping bag with you. Communal shower and toilet block is close by.

The photo above is looking down onto the valley from the Oludeniz to Kabak Road.

More photos of the beach and the valley are in the gallery page on the web site here ..

http://fethiyefocus.net/index.php/gallery/aprjun13/butterfly-valley-19th-april-2013

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