Radisson Blu Hotel, Mersin
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
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... memory of Severus Alexander, Septimus Severus, Caracalla, and Hadrionus. However, the most significant finding has been 1st century Roman road. Approximately 200 ft. (60 m.) has been excavated. The road is made of black basalt and is cambered with an elaborate drainage system. The road is thought to have existed since the 2nd-century B.C. during the Seleucids and was then rebuilt by the Romans. There is also a courtyard with portico and excavations are continuing ...
... to pull over for an early lunch.
We left the highway and stopped at the only 'shop' in a village. ‘Sale of Foodstuffs’ would have just about summed it up but it had fresh (too fresh to cut) bread, cheese and a very odd soft sausage, which was very tasty but I have no idea what I ate! The girl who served us had no English, of course, but was very nice, although I thought I could hear a banjo playing ...
... but I never once felt at threat and had no qualms leaving Allan outside a shop. At times the firing questions were more tiring than the cycling and with no one speaking English I had to guess which question I was being asked - where is my wife? do i have children? what is my job? Eventually tho it taught me some Turkish and I could answer them properly.
As each day passed the scenery advanced in varied grandeur. Rolling down roads cutting ...
... 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 ...
... Brief stop at Cleopatra's Gate, the Roman Kancik Kapisi (="Gate of the *****"; the gate has little to do with Cleo except that she is thought to have met Mark Antony here in 41 BC).
Now it was time for some serious mountain driving. We headed due north into the majestic Taurus Mountains. Broom flowering a brilliant yellow; steep rockfaces; conifers clinging to the mountainsides; fast flowing rock strewn streams.
Stopped at the alpine village ...