Lake Egirdir and Sagalassos

Eğirdir, Turkey

After an easy bus ride from Konya, we arrived at Gol Pension, to be greeted by two lovely sisters – Nejla and Samar, who run the small hotel. What a great spot! The very small island juts out into the lake…now connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway. Our room overlooks the lake, and we can watch the comings and goings of the locals from the warm, sunny rooftop terrace. We can walk around the island fairly quickly, it is so small. But that’s the appeal! We were planning on doing very little for the three days…until we heard about the ancient ruins about an hours drive away! Sagalassos is a bit off the beaten track, so it has nowhere near the volume of visitors that other sites have. We had it all to ourselves, well except for a handful of other tourists…but there were enough buildings to view that we certainly weren’t bumping into each other! Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns all viewed and noted. Fantastic. There is still ice on top of the surrounding mountains, melting slowly into the lake! Nevertheless today we went for a very quick swim…I thought my heart was going to stop it was so cold.

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