View of Kiz Kalesi from the main castle walls
We used to swim out to the island in 1965 - maybe I still could - or maybe not...
The mainland castle...behind me begins a string of dozens of hotels, clubs and restaurants and a large beach with real crowds!
The view from atop the castle. NONE of those buildings were there in 1974!
According to one report I have read, the arched opening on the left was a water port which allowed ships into the castle.
A scanned film image taken of my wife Debbie in 1974 when we visited Kiz Kalesi.
Riley - taken in the same spot as the previous picture of her mother, just 35 years later.
The crescent beach and Kiz Kalesi from the castle wall
Inside the main castle. With many ruins like this in Turkey, it is hard to determine the time period when they were in use. This "castle", for instance is in layers - The initial site was built by Ionian settlers from the Aegean, and then the Romans built on that in the 2nd Century. The Roman fortifications were then later built upon by the Byzantines and then the Seljuk Turks and then the Ottoman Empire.
Through the window
Another shot inside the castle
An interior window within the castle
Just another pretty view
Riley is tired of having her picture taken!
So I'll just take them when she isn't looking.
From the beach in front of our hotel
Let sleeping dogs lie they say.
These beach umbrellas provided a nice pattern. I had planned to get a shot of them at sunrise to catch the shadows without any bathers around. Alas, I have discovered that the sun often rises earlier than I do.
Hey George...remember the quiet deserted little beach we loved in high school?
This part of the coast is often referred to as the Turkish Riviera. One big difference from the French Riviera is that Turkish beachgoers seem to be about 90% male, and the few females who do appear are not in tiny bikinis!
Riley on the parapet of the castle wall
Riley takes a break on the castle wall. (This is beginning to look a lot like "Finding Elmo"!)
There she is again. I only saw foreign tourists in the ruins. All the Turkish vacationers were on the beaches!
Okay...this one's a gimme.
Elmo forces a smile to please the doddering old photographer
Looking east along the castle wall.
It has been a long time, but I believe the area in front of the tall arch was enclosed and even still had a roof of stone when we camped here in 1965!
Inside the castle walls
Wide angle lens gone wild
Just another perspective
Another view inside the castle looking east (the sea in on the right)
The large beach and hotel row in the distance
David & Angie at the entry steps into the castle
Flowers on the beach promenade
A distorted wide angle night view of the beach and lighted castle from our hotel room balcony
Angie, David & Riley at a beach-side cafe.
Near to the Madding Crowd
The street side of our hotel
This was a BP Gas Station in 1965 with a small restaurant on the back and campgrounds out back running down towards the shore. We would catch octopus in the rocks by the castle and trade them to the restaurant for lunch.
The remaining images are from some ruins located about 2 kilometers east of Kiz Kalesi at a place called Ayas. This is a shot of the Agora (market). Riley and I ran across this site when we tried to find a parking place in front of our hotel and could not get turned around due to traffic. There was no one around and we had the site to ourselves.
Mosaic tile floor from the Roman era (approx. 2nd Century A.D.) and still retains a lot of its color, albeit faded after almost 2,000 years.
In the agora looking towards the theatre. The tile floor in the foreground is from the Byzantine era, several hundred years after the Roman tiles in the next picture.
Roman era mosaic tile floor (2nd Century A.D.)
Riley was impressed with the Theatre.
Riley revels in being the only tourist in town!
View from the theatre over the agora to the sea. The road in the background lead to Kiz Kalesi around the bend.
The Theatre. We thought they did a good job reconstructing a small portion of the seating (far left) to show what it would have looked like 2,000 years ago.
It's all Greek to me. If anyone viewing this can translate...please leave a message!
Another view of the agora