Gülek Kalesi is a small castle between Tarsus and Pozantı , an easy drive of approximately 90km from Mersin. Visiting the castle is not the main reason people visit this little known ruin. The main reason anyone visits Gülek Kalesi is for the photograph. I mean just look!
A little deli perhaps?
It was decided we should visit Gülek Kalesi as one of our friends was relocating to Istanbul and we wanted one final group photograph together. We were a merry bunch as we left Mersin behind on our drive to the castle. It might have been slightly overcast but it was surprisingly warm with patches of blue sky. Winter seemed to be behind us and we were ready for the long, never-ending, fire ant on crack, summer to begin. I will admit to you, dear friends, that the weather app that I check so vigilantly every morning “might” have suggested storms were imminent and, yes, there “might have been” in the distance, the very far distance mind you, some menacing looking clouds that could “possibly” be moving in our direction, but all in all a pleasant day was expected for our drive into the mountains.
Well, possibly turned into probably which turned into holy hell we were all going to die and by the time we reached the lower hills of the Tarsus Mountains it was bucketing down but we’re a resilient bunch and wouldn’t be put off by a little itsy rain. We were making memories and the photograph would probably be amazing with the natural light and slightly grey backdrop.
We thought of ourselves as valiant explorers and pushed on through the rain, then the sleet … then the snow (a real WTF moment considering it was March), yavaş yavaş ever higher up the mountain on a road that slowly disintegrated into nothing more than a muddy death trap with potholes the size of small cities, sharp turns and deadly cliffs on either side. The only other car on the road flashed his high beams as he sped down the mountain, away from the once in a lifetime storm (a slight exaggeration on my part). I bet he checked the news that night to see if there was any information about the car filled with yabancıların that had disappeared Amelia Earhart style never to be seen again.
We finally made it to the top of the mountain and we all tumbled out of the car to take in the fabulous view.
Are you ready?
I mean it’s totally amazeballs.
I guess another trip up the mountain is in order and perhaps we might wait until summer really kicks in but most importantly perhaps we bloody well SHOULD pay attention to my weather app that never, ever seems to be wrong.
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Love your blogs. And yes the weather apps are usually right but you have to take a chance sometimes.
Those google pictures are stunning, but somehow I| don’t think you’d catch me going out there to sit on a rock!!!!!
Good to see a post from you Janey.
And are you all going to go out on that ledge? You were lucky to have a little fog and rain. Saved you from a death plunge lol
Fun without the view. Just curious. Is there a big expat community in Mersin?
Not really. Expats are very far and very few between. It can be a little lonely in Mersin.
OMG! Been in a similar situation! I doubt I’ll ever get to go to Switzerland again, and the one-and-only time I was atop the Shilthorn at their famous revolving restaurant, the fog was so thick you could hardly see you hand if you stretched your arm out. I had to settle for store-bought pictures.
When I saw that outcropping, I had to laugh. Until the 1950’s, the grand canyon had areas without fences, or simple hand rails. These days, in the USA, there would have been a fence around it, or a large plexi-glass box so that people didn’t fall off. 🙂
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