The morning awakens us with the cries of chickens and the sounds of shepherds leading their sheep to the hills for grazing. The routine rural life of Turkey unfolds before us as we start taking a walk around. The tea gardens, attractive architecture and handicrafts, all give us a visual treat. We then drive to Bodrum to get into our gulet lying tied up in the wharf. Bodrum, once known as Halicarnassus, was a major city of the ancient territory of Caria. Today, Bodrum’s historical pedigree, unique architecture, modern seaside inns and pulsating nightlife hold it as the busiest seaside resorts in the country of Turkey. It’s now also a popular zone for affluent Turks, senior artists, celebrities and casual visitors. At Halicarnassus, we go to King Mausolus’ Tomb. This tomb, considered one of the Wonders of the early times, derives its name Mausoleum from the king’s name. We also spend some time at the Templar Castle and at the Underwater Archaeology Museum considered one of the world’s best. We pass the night aboard our gulet in the harbor of Bodrum. Distance between Sirence & Bodrum is 110 miles and the traveling time is around two and a half hours.