Anemon Antakya Hotel
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... the Fourth Syrian War (219-217 B.C.). All during this time Seleucia remained a vital port city that the contending empires desired to control because of its ability to fortify and supply the surrounding region.
When the Armenians defeated the Seleucids at the hand of Tigranes II The Great, Tigranes attempted to invade Seleucia in 72 B.C. but Seleucia resisted the attacks. Then, the Roman general Pompey The Great decided to restore the Seleucids to power by ...
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 ...
... to learn at once!
We arrived here two days ago, and found the hotel we stayed in last time. We're even staying in the same room (it's the 'special' room- the only clean one in the house!). Had a celebratory beer, think that's only our 3rd or 4th beer since Greece (and all the others were with you, Tobias, if you are reading this!). Beer is similarly priced to that in England, so seems expensive ...
We stayed the night in a little hostel for travelling teachers called the Teachers House. We popped into town to get a few bits (including proper Turkish delight with pistachios and hazel nuts) and I had a good ol' fashioned Turkish shave and haircut.
Syria was super relaxed! Life was continuing 100% as normal and we had no threats or issues during our crossing. On the contrary, people were happy, helpful and really interested in Jabula because of ...
... near the Syrian border. I'm now here preparing for my border crossing which, from what I'm told, is a bit like a job interview. Hopefully I'll be allowed through without a visa which I plan to try to pay for at the border. I've hired a driver to help me through the procedure and drive me to Aleppo on the Syrian side of the border. While planning my border crossing at a table in front of a restaurant here in Antakya (nibbling on kofte) a scuffle broke out between ...