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 ...
... end of our cycle, on the last trip. But we're excited about spending the next year in Antakya, it's a really interesting place to be. It's a lot more pleasant a city than we remember too - last time it was raining and Martin was ill, so we didn't really make the most of our time here. The city centre's divided by a river, with a modern area and an old town, built on the side of a small (by Turkish standards) mountain. There are lots of nice ...
... south as we wanted to get some information from the border before we crossed tomorrow.
At the border we met some Syrian guys who had driven from Latakia. They said there was absolutely no problems with the roads and everything was "perfect". The only they said was don't drive at night. Gary was now feeling confident which was good, it was nice to get confirmation that we would have no problems going through.
So back into ...
... 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 ...