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Turkey: Didyma

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    Journal entry: 17 Sep Monday - Bodrum Kusadasi  Up around 8.  Beautiful, still cool, morning for breakfast poolside.  Took off around 9, driving up the coast, with several stops. Letmos lake, formerly part of the bay, but now mostly freshwater. Stopped for tea.  Then also, along the road where there were honey sellers. Great pistachios, too .

    Ancient Temple at Dudyma, with famous Medusa head sculpture


    Medusa mask

    Head of Medusa

    On to Didyma, at times on a really poor road.  Built between 750 and 550 BC this is the second largest Apollo temple (after the one at Delphi). Doric Present site features reconstructions from Hellenistic times 4th c BC, uncovered just over 100 years ago.

    In Greek mythology Medusa ('uardian, protectress') was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazing directly upon her would turn onlookers to stone
     

    Doric columns originally of marble, some of the restorations used a marble paste in molds to form the fluted rims.

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  • Drove on, past cotton fields, with migrant workers just setting up their tents.  Lunch in the cotton manufacturing town of Soke (SIEUR-key) - past a tea house packed with men doing little but watch us pass. Pide, kebabs and lamacun for lunch.  Then another 1/2 hour to the Hotel Ozcelik in Kusadasi Pretty sunset, then watched bats flying around catching (hopefully) mosquitoes. 

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