Saving the Cedars

Down here in Olympos on the Mediterranean shore of Turkey the plateau of Elmali is always described as a cool heaven in summer. Going by the stories I’d heard I had a mental picture of forests full of tall, ancient trees, their canopies forming a dense roof which the sweltering sun could not penetrate. So…

The paradox of protection

A big part of the Lycian coast –of which Olympos was a major city some 2000 years ago- is a well-protected area. The Turkish military regime of 1980-83 made the first (and only) development plan for tourism and determined that this region should be preserved. Apart from the many archeological sites, the whole mountain range…

Hello world!

Dragons Surrounded by forests and fields, our summer house stands in one of the last stretches of Turkey’s Mediterranean coast that has not been conquered and laid waste by mass tourism. Still mainly inhabited by farmers who harvest a little from back-pack tourists on the side, Olympos often attracts slightly eccentric people. Perhaps I’m one…