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    [See more at http://turkradio.us/bodrum/ ] x0x Land of spacious skies Bodrum By TANSEL TUZEL Bodrum has a seductive beauty. Just when you think you ve come
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      x0x Land of spacious skies Bodrum

      By TANSEL TUZEL

      Bodrum has a seductive beauty. Just when you think
      you've come only for a holiday, you suddenly find
      yourself packing up and moving to one of its coves.

      It has a music all its own... Bodrum, a magnificent
      patch of earth no words can describe, so beautiful are
      its colors, its scent, its texture. The refreshing sea
      breeze has just the divine dose of humidity to temper
      the summer's most merciless heat. The endless blue
      coves envelop you in silence against the center's
      madding crowd... The blue that takes on a different hue
      at every step, drawing you in, and as you plunge,
      enfolds you in another world. Even if you visit Bodrum
      only once, your dreams will be forever coloured by its
      deep blues, its dazzling whites and the varied hues of
      its bougainvillea. With its charming narrow streets,
      houses decked with flowers, its olive trees, its castle
      and museums that house some of the wonders of the
      world, its monumental tomb and ancient theatre, its
      bars, taverns, cafes and restaurants, its street
      artists, and its goulets and yachts, Bodrum greets
      every season with gaiety.

      ALL DAY ALL NIGHT...

      Proud of its prodigal share of Aegean beauty, Bodrum
      offers visitors a unique atmosphere day and night.
      Boats by the tens depart daily from the harbour for
      those who can't sit still. For those not content to
      waste the night's warmth on the beach, Bodrum-built
      goulets offer a wide range of entertainment to rival
      the thousand and one nights. The variety of music and
      jazz is endless.

      Minibuses operate day and night to serve those seeking
      refuge in the outlying coves. Almost every boat leaving
      Bodrum includes on its itinerary such stops as Ada
      BoGaz, Gumbet, Kargi, Yaliciftlik, Akyarlar, Gumusluk,
      Ortakent, Yalikavak, Bagla, Gundogan, Torba, Bardakci,
      Kadikalesi, Turgutreis, Bitez, Karaincir and
      Golturkbuku.

      LAND OF ENDLESS BLUE

      For those who find Bodrum a little too hectic, Golkoy
      and Turkbuku are recommended. Formerly two villages,
      these have now been incorporated into one municipality
      known as Golturkbuku.

      Nestled in the hills on the west of the bay, Turkbuku
      cove forms a natural harbour, while Golkoy at the end
      of the bay is situated in a lush green valley. Its long
      smooth beach and tiny pensions and restaurants never
      empty for a minute day or night. Only 2 km from Bodrum,
      Gumbet owes its name to its rain-water cisterns covered
      by white domes or `gumbet's. The coast is shallow here,
      keeping visitors cool on even the hottest days. And the
      surfing and water skiing are ideal for casting off
      stress. A ten-minute walk towards the bay northeast of
      Gumusluk, where the finest fish can be eaten, will
      bring you to a submerged wall, fallen into the water
      from the edge of one of the slopes. Those who come here
      by boat will want to anchor near the island to the east
      of the entrance to avoid colliding with the underwater
      ruins. A handful of small but comfortable hotels
      welcome guests along the shore at Gundogan, once a
      famous fishing village. An old Greek church stands on
      the slopes of Kucuktavsan Adasi (Little Rabbit Island)
      just opposite the bay. Torba, situated in a protected
      cove at the northeastern tip of the peninsula, is a
      favorite for its tranquility and convenient transport
      to Bodrum.

      The bay of Bardakci, which lies just outside Bodrum
      harbour, is a stop for the daily local boats, its
      marina being only a one-minute walk over the hill from
      Gumbet. Together with Ortakent, Bitez with its wide
      beach is the peninsula's chief citrus-growing area.

      `BLUE EXILE'

      Having captured the attention of untold numbers of
      people throughout history, Bodrum with its countless
      opportunities for rest and recreation is a place where
      many holidaymakers dream of coming back to stay. After
      nurturing such famous figures as the historian
      Herodotus, history's first woman admiral, Artemisia I,
      and the equally successful Artemisia II, and artists
      such as Leachares and Shepas, several millennia later
      Bodrum welcomed the Turkish writer Cevat Sakir
      Kabaagacli. Originally sent here in exile, Sakir's name
      was gradually forgotten and he became known simply as
      Halicarnassus Balikcisi, the Fisherman of
      Halicarnassus.

      Despite being sent here against his will, Cevat Sakir
      described his town of exile as `a place to live in lux
      perpetua'. Together with Turkish writers Sabahattin
      Eyuboglu, Azra Erhat and others, the Fisherman of
      Halicarnassus also launched the now-famous `Blue
      Cruises' that start from Bodrum.

      A 5000-YEAR HISTORY

      The appeal of Bodrum, described by Homer as `the land
      of eternal blue', is of course not unique to our day.
      Findings from the Chalcolithic Age recovered in Peynir
      Cicegi Cavern, the oldest settlement on the peninsula,
      prove that these lands have a past going back 5000
      years. Bodrum, or Halicarnassus as it was known in
      antiquity, is thought to have been founded by the
      Carians in the 11th century B.C. Herodotus, `the father
      of history', writes that Halicarnassus in the 7th
      century B.C. was a member of the Hexapolis, a union of
      six cities. Enduring countless attacks by invaders from
      the Aegean islands over the ages,

      Bodrum became a perennially popular capital with
      peoples eager to dominate the Mediterranean. After
      coming in turn under the rule of the Persians, the
      Macedonians, the Roman Empire, Byzantium, and the
      Turkish principality of Mentese, Bodrum finally fell to
      the Knights of St John, who built its famous fortress.
      Constructed between 1406 and 1523, the castle houses a
      Museum of Underwater Archaeology today.

      In his campaign against Rhodes in 1522, Sultan Suleyman
      the Magnificent, who turned the Mediterranean into an
      Ottoman lake, added not only the island but Bodrum as
      well to the Ottoman realm.

      ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD The story
      of the Mausoleum, regarded as one of the `Seven Wonders
      of the World', begins with the construction of
      Halicarnassus as the capital of the Carian region by
      the Carian Satrap Mausolus. After the death of
      Mausolus, who had required his people to live in the
      three great cities of Halicarnassus, Myndos and
      Theangela,

      his wife Artemisia II came to the throne and had this
      monumental tomb built to keep her husband's memory
      alive forever. Only the gravestone and a levelled ruin
      can be seen today at the Mausoleum, which has been
      converted into a museum, while the flawless sculptures
      and reliefs of antiquity are displayed in plaster
      replicas.

      Another of Bodrum's historic treasures is the ancient
      theatre from the 4th century B.C., situated to the
      north of the ancient city of Halicarnassus. Brought
      back to life in a restoration, this magnificent
      structure exhibits all the features of pre-imperial
      Roman theatre construction.

      Like no other place on earth, Bodrum poses the constant
      danger of making you want to stay forever amidst its
      unparalleled natural beauty and the lingering traces of
      historical figures down the ages. At the very least
      those who come here will dream of `living in perpetual
      light'.

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