which was regarded as representing purity, sublimity
and proximity to God. Since they held Mount
Ida to be sacred, the Türkmen people called
it Kaz Dagi or Goose Mountain.
We expected that the story of Hasanboguldu
would be a romantic and ancient tale of love,
and were surprised to hear that the name, meaning
Hasan Drowned, refers to a tragic incident which
took place only 80 or 90 years ago. Two boys
were playing on the rocks above the pool, and
one of them, Hasan, lost his balance, fell into
the water and drowned.
From Güre, which is famous for its thermal
springs, we drove on past Akçay, a pleasant
seaside town, and turned left at the signpost
to Zeytinli. This road took us through the village
of Beyoba to Sutüven Falls, which plunges
17 metres into a deep pool. The area around
is an attractive picnic area with wooden tables,
where families were enjoying their vineleaf
dolmas and grilled meat.