"The nights of the Mediterranean are darker and deeper than other nights. The stars are close enough to be held when the hand is stretched out."
The Fisherman of Halicarnassus [Author], 1945
"On the Mediterranean, the sea that Homer calls violet or wine color, you will see the indigo blue where dark blue is mixed with purple."
Azra Erhat [Author, Archaeologist], 1962
In the spring of 1945, a letter came to Sabahattin Eyuboglu, the Director of the Translation Department, Department of World Classics at Ministry of National Education in Ankara. This historic letter is an invitation to the first Blue Journey.
Cevat Sakir, a Turkish author and researcher calls his friends to Bodrum, the ancient Halicarnassus, the home of Tomb of Mausolos, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, where he lives exile, to show the beauty, historical and archeological sites of the region, and also tell them the local legends which are the heritage of the ancient times.
All right, but how to get Bodrum, a small town at the end of south-west coastline of Turkey, a place with no carriagedrive connecting to the mainland?
Cevat Sakir’s friend Paluko, who is a sponger and octopus hunter, finds the remedy. They set up a Gulet boat, which used to transport cargo and sponge fishing, and come to Izmir. They embark the first Blue Journey passengers, who are Turkish intellectuals; Sabahattin Eyuboglu, Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu, Erol Guney, Fuad Omer Keskinoglu and Necati Cumali, and they set off from Izmir to Bodrum.
This unordinary expedition, which started in 1945, gradually turned into a ritual, crossing that narrow environment and opening up to other sections, introduces Turkish intellectuals to marine culture and directs them to think about the historical and archeological background of Anatolia...
After that, this amazing journey has been called as The Blue Journey, and Cevat Sakir named as The Fisherman of Halicarnassus.
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