Friday is here again. The weeks pass by so quickly and it doesn't seem seven days since we were announcing our new look Facebook page by way of a screenshot containing a photo of Fethiye. But that was last week - and this week we have a first for 2012...
Throughout 2012, we're (hopefully) going to be showing a different photo of the Fethiye region each Friday. The photo may not be from this year - we have a rather large back catalogue from previous years - but it will have been taken in the month we're in. Searches through the archives have revealed that since 2008 when I got my camera, I haven't taken a single photo of Ölü Deniz in January or February. We'll rectify that in 2013 - but for today, here's a photo many of you may recognise.
A view of Ölü Deniz from the Lycian WayNot only is it our first photo of Ölü Deniz for 2012, it's also our favourite photo of Ölü Deniz. This is the stupendous view of the Turkish, Mediterranean coastline, Belcekiz Beach and the Ölü Deniz lagoon from the shoulder of Babadağ.
In 2009, we decided it was about time we tackled the first stretch of Kate Clow's famous 509 kilometre trek between Fethiye and Finike; the Lycian Way. The official start point was at the road entrance to the Montana Pine Resort Hotel and, despite reading about fantastic views such as this, we'd also read about some tough stretches along the way - so, as we passed the start, I was apprehensive as well as excited.
But the feelings that arise from coming face to face with views like this soon take over aching calves and tiredness. That day, we walked from Ovacık, along the Lycian Way to Faralya and then back to Ölü Deniz, via the mountain road. Never so pleased have we been to see the tables and chairs set up outside Kumsal Pide on our return, indicating that it was open!
We'll have more posts about the Lycian Way coming up in the future - but for now, if this view has tempted you, it's not an easy walk, so please don't set off without doing the necessary research.