Travel Blogs from Kahta
Slow start to the day, I kept dozing off on the bus, so missed most of the verbage. For out Smoko stop today it was at a Fish restaurant/road stop. Apparently they sold Irish Coffee. But that was about all they sold. I bought a luke warm can of Pepsi. I couldn't buy water as they didn't sell it bottled and they were getting it from the tap. Which …
From Gaziantep we made a slight detour north-east towards the town of Kahta, which is the most convenient launch point for visits to the funerary temple of Nemrut Dagi, located on the top of a mountain in the Anti-Taurus Range. Despite the distance to the mountain (about 50km) we had been able to catch a glimpse of the temple as we …
... artificially heightened by 50 meters using crushed rock. Apparently the mountain's natural 2100 meters were not high enough for his highness. To the king's credit, the crushed rock is conspicuous even from a distance, notably smooth in contrast to the rest of the mountain, so our dear autocrat Antiochus was onto something with his narcissistic tampering. Overall, very impressive stuff for the 1st century BC.
Though difficult to access for ...
... you will find a carving of King Mithradates shaking hands with Hercules (carved in 50BC).
Driving within 5 kilometres of the Syrian border we came to Harran, a village with beehive houses and a few hungry looking camels. The Arabic influence is very strong here. The houses are similar to ones we saw in southern Italy, cool and practical in the hot weather.
From Harran we went to the pools of Abraham as well as the cave where he was ...
... this 85kms of majestic mountain passes, passed me by without a glimpse. I didn’t even benefit from the ambient light of villages, or the lights of houses to give me some perception of what lay around me, because I only passed 3 tiny enclaves of maybe 10-15 houses! To miss probably the best scenery of my entire trip, should have had me cursing uncontrollably, but I was so completely focused on picking my route along this death track, that ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free parking