A delightful city on the Turkish Med

Trip Start May 03, 2009
Trip End Dec 22, 2009

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Flag of Turkey  , Antalya,
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

We arrived at the otogar from Olympus, just a short trip away; the otogar is a 3-4 blocks from the city center, more uphill.  There was a man there touting hostels, so we followed him to our hostel.  This was the very best hostel that I had been in.  The ones in Switzerland were perfect, but just so institutional (well, except Heidi's, of course).  The common room-kitchen-bar was on a giant balcony, or whatever, and the city, mountains, bay were all in view from here.  It was a most excellent spot for morning coffee and breakfast, which was included in the price, by the way.  Hostels are most numerous here in Kas, so I am sure most of them are as good as this one.

So, as usual, after dumping our stuff, Marta and I set out to see the town.  And I can say that it is the neatest town I've been to, just for the quaintness of it.  It's all very clean, you feel safe, and many little nooks and crannies to explore.  The quay is very nice; many boats tied up, waiting for tourists to take day trips out and about (which Marta and I did, the next day).  I don't remember what we did about food; I do know  we didn't cook, so we must have eaten out, or snacked out.  I don't remember the prices being exorbitant, but I don't remember any big restaurant dinners either.

The second day we were there, they were celebrating their Independence Day with a marching band passing thru the square, followed by dancers.  Then, several teams of dancers did their thing in the square, making it a very enjoyable day.

I took a walk over to the one and only beach in Kas.  It's a few miles out of town, up and down some hills; but a pleasant walk.  The water is just a little too chilly for me; but I enjoyed drinking a chi and watching the Med sea.

We took a boat ride to Kalekoy and Kekova, described in another entry.  Also, we took a day trip to Myra, also described in another entry.  It's very confusing, the names used for these places, as often time the ancient names are used, instead of the modern names. 

Well, we have to get on the road here, and get going.  Oh yes, Kas is on the Lycian Way, which is a pilgrimage from centuries before.  It looks like it would be an excellent hike.

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