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... historian - 64/63 BC – c. AD 24) gave high accolades to the city for its cultural development and residence of distinguished philosophers, poet, and linguists by stating how Tarsus “surpassed Athens, Alexandria, or any other place that can be named where there have been schools and lectures of philosophers” (Geo. 14.5.13).
Like many ancient cities, modern cities are built directly on top of them. ...
... roadsides Oleander was in full bloom and the wild Hollyhocks of pink and white were splendid. The wild roses and cultivated were just fantastic, dripping with blooms. Why are we trying to cultivate them in Northern Europe or Oman when clearly they flourish half way in-between. Annie
A couple of hours later we pulled into Mersin (a massive sprawling city, which I have never heard of and has few attributes) and, after the ...
I stayed in Istanbul for six nights. The three with Gayle, as expected, went by in a wonderful flash. Home to 15 million people the great city straddles the meeting points of Europe and Asia. Sitting in a cafe i wrote in my diary: a humungous boiling pot of stirring mayhem. A mass of twisting streets crammed with weaving people, every spare inch used to sell something. Unavoidable stall owners offering 'special price', spicy smells coming from kebab ...
... is pretty, but relatively small.
Tarsus is one of the oldest cities in the world going back to at least 3000 BC. There is little to see of its ancient city as the new Tarsus has been built over the old and many of the older architectural remains have been recycled into the newer structures. There are some quaint, old neighborhoods to walk through. Our ...
An early start: 6.15 breakfast, on the road by 7am.
Crossing the river via Kennedy Bridge we got a quick sighting of Taskopru (a Roman era stone bridge built by Hadrian, early C2). Nearby, the six minarets of Sabanci Merkez Camii, the largest mosque between Istanbul & Saudi Arabia, bulit by one of Turkey's richest industrialists.
It would have been nice to spend a while absorbing the energy of this town but, unfortunately, we had no time to dally ...