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Antioch of Syria is also known as Antioch on the Orontes because it was founded on the east side of the Orontes River in a plains region between the Mt. Casius in the southern part of the Taurus mountains and Mt. Amanus. After the conquest of Syria by Alexander the Great and his death in 323 B.C., Syria was controlled by one of his successors, Antigonus. But then in 301 B.C. another one of Alexander's generals, Seleucus I Nicator, ...
April 15, 2014
KIZKALESI to ANTAKYA (HATAY) 326.3Km
STAY: Antakya Catholic Church Guesthouse
30 TL per person (60 TL) ensuite, airco & heat / no breakfast or WiFi.
Bee-lined to Antakya, left the Mediterranean coast behind. No castles:) No side trips:(
We zipped along on our first toll road, bypassing heavily developed resort destinations, and then, miles of industry ...
... confusing as I knew that there was at least 30-40 kms between the border and Antakya. We told him no, you r taking us to Antakya... Repeatedly! He feigned ignorance and got out at the border to talk to the police. We stayed in the car. After speaking to them he came to us and said you must walk and catch the bus. No problems. We were not happy. I went to the police and started speaking to them. Hardly any of them spoke English and those that did ...
... 100SL and happily hand it over to him.
Into Turkey and after weeks of kindness and helpfulness I catch two immigration officers on a bad day.
"Go to the other office" she mutters to me.
"OK". I go.
"Turkiye?" I'm asked.
"Do I look bleedin' Turkish?" I think but politely say "No".
I'm sent back to the first office. Grudgingly she processes me and sends me to a third office. I hand in my documents after waiting for no good reason. ...
... minute we spended it in turkey
we arrive Iskenderun there are very few people spoke arbic there ... just some young men who were working in arbic country for few years
the city is huge ... with a wendy weather .... we spended the night in the ...