The all night bus journey from....purgatory
Trip Start Nov 05, 2008
16Trip End Nov 25, 2008
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I am sitting now in the patio area of the
Blue Sea Garden Hotel which is very basic but in the most amazing location in Kiresci - the old Ottoman section of Antalya. I had never heard of Antalya before we came here - but just to let you know - it's part of the Turquoise Riviera - east of Bodrum and Marmaris - east even of Fethiye - (which we may hit next) and Kas. It's not too far from Syria which I am soooo tempted to visit. Alas, we can't get visas.
Our hotel is charming. Inexpensive as always, basic to the bone in terms of fittings and accommodations but clean and in the heart of the Old City. It is the Low Season in Antalya so the streets a quite quiet and the shopkeeper are almost too fatigued to work too hard for a sale.
After a short nap this morning to counteract our nightmarish bus trip, we headed out through the winding lanes of the Old City into the sprawling city of Antalya. Antalya feels a lot like
Nice with hundreds of cafes and restaurants and streets lined with palms.
Whether out of necessity to the booming tourist trade or cultural heritage, the Turkish people have been incredibly warm and welcoming. Of there are exceptions like the folks at the Post Office where Denis had to mail off some postcards and some soft- pitched begging. So far today we have only had to fend off one drunk Kurd named Has'an who wanted to be our friend as long as we parted with 20 Lira or bought him a drink. We successfully left him behind to cultivate other benefactors and headed up to a beautiful cafe high above the city for drinks overlooking the yacht marina and sea just before sunset.
It must 6ish, The muzzeins are starting to compete for the airwaves all about so it must be time for dinner. More later.
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