After all the lounging on the beach we decided to actually do some sight seeing today so we got a taxi to Side (pronounced seeday). It’s an Ancient Greek city, founded in the 7th century BC by Greek settlers from Cyme in Aeolis, on a small peninsular packed with ancient ruins. As I’m a bit of a history geek it was something to tick off my places to see. The city was dedicated to the Goddess Athena (Minerva) and was populated by a piratical people. With its pretty little harbour it became one of the most important trade centres in the area and there are some wonderful ruins to wander around, city walls with a main gate, a street of crumbling marble columns, a ruined amphitheatre, baths, temples.
Once we’d had our full of ruins we wandered along the main street looking into all the little shops. I bartered for a lovely mosaic lamp as a souvenir then we wandered down to the harbour to look for somewhere to have a drink and a snack. It was nice to be sitting in the sun with a coffee watching the waves break in the harbour with no thinking about time or having to be anywhere.
Back at the hotel we retired to the beach to relax after our sight seeing exertions before a leisurely meal in the Turkish restaurant, well it seemed only fitting after seeing Turkish sights all morning. If only life could always be like this.