National Geographic : 1969 Dec
Greek way-stop on Yankee's cruise, the isle of Kastell6rizon perches within two miles of Turkey's southern coast. Scores of other Greek islands bead the Aegean shore of Turkey. Abandoned buildings on the hillside signal the decline of a local econ omy based on fishing and sponge diving. Three's no crowd, even under a single umbrella, for small ones sharing a port able patch of shade near Alanya, on the Turkish Riviera, or "Turquoise Coast." -nnerua -Hn inccou i rpH crIi(F I ur were retracing some of the earliest sailing routes of civilized man (map, pages 808-9). The currents against Yankee's bow, the pre vailing westerlies captured in her sails, had moved much of mankind's early history. This was Asia Minor, nursery of the Ionian Greeks, home of Homer and Herodotus, and site of Troy. Along our course sped the life stream of the ancient world, the ports that built three of its Seven Wonders, the markets that enriched Kings Midas and Croesus, the mints that yielded the world's first coins. We would visit great shrines and oracles, some sacred to Apollo and Artemis, others to Christ and His Apostles. Our coastal course would embrace a land of ancient conquerors, politicians, and traveling salesmen: Xerxes, 802 Alexander, Romans, Crusaders, and camel caravans from deep in Asia. On Yankee's charts, the route had an exciting shape: from the mountainous Cilician coast near the Syrian border to the blue and busy Bosporus -a course curving like a scimitar with the perimeter of Turkey. Quiet Cove Resembles Lake Louise In fact, our voyage took us twice along Turkey's southern coast, for we entered Turk ish waters from the Aegean side, slipping in past Greek islands to an uninhabited cove beyond Fethiye. A mild, early-summer breeze brought us toward the towering Turkish shore-gray rocky mountains with touches of green brush, backed by snow-capped peaks.