On Wednesday Daughter and I took Daughter’s favourite cousin Tatlim to Kizkalesi for the day. It has been a few months since our last visit to my favourite beach but this time was no quiet visit. The beach was full. Music was blasting from every doorway. Restaurants and hotels were at capacity and teenage boys could be found on every street corner chatting up every female who walks past.
After staking out our space on the packed beach Daughter and Tatlim disappeared into the water leaving me to laze away in the sunshine. Goodness it was hot. I did what I do best and that is watching the world go by. Vendors were everywhere touting their goods including su (water), çay, Nescafe, misir (corn on the cob) and even balik (fish) were all on offer for a price. There were women strutting in bikinis, old men covered in sand (a strange Turkish tradition) and little kids playing on the water’s edge under a guardian’s careful eye. This is what living in Turkey is all about.
Tatlim had never been to the Castle on the sea so we hopped the ferry (20TL for 3 people) over to the island. Daughter and her cousin went off to explore leaving me to thoroughly examine the mosaics (Daughter always knows how to make me happy).
The only blight on an otherwise perfect day was the excessive amount of new graffiti that has appeared throughout the castle since my last visit. I had noticed it before but the sheer number of tags (Daughter tells me that this is the correct terminology) throughout the castle is deeply disappointing. The local belediye (council) is attempting to combat the problem with security guards now roaming throughout the little island but my guess is that they just cannot be everywhere at once plus their time is also spent patching up swimmers who injure themselves on the rocks surrounding the castle plus picking up garbage and cleaning up after people *sigh*.
The thought of these idiots defacing a beautiful piece of history is repugnant to me. It’s not just at Kizkalesi though. I recall seeing tags on the ruins at Soli Pompeiopolis as well. Mersin (and Turkish) authorities have been trying for a long time to cope with not just damage to antiquities but also the theft of their treasures.
So I write this to you Berat or Mehmet, Fatih and any other tagging asshole currently skulking around in my general vicinity. Firstly, how stupid are you to spraypaint your name? Dumbass. Secondly, be thankful that it is not I who catches you because I would give you a whopping and send you home to your parents with your spray can shoved where the sun does not shine. And no i am not joking!
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