Turkish Delight on a Moonlit Night

Trip Start Aug 17, 2010
Trip End Sep 16, 2011

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Sabah Pension

Flag of Turkey  , Turkish Mediterranean Coast,
Friday, August 19, 2011

We leave Central Europe and head to the coast again. Turkey our last stop! It's hard to believe that after being on the road for so long and seeing so much we are within weeks of coming home. But before then there’s still a country to explore. We land late afternoon into Antalya along the southern coast of Turkey, it’s hot, humid and sticky.... like Melbourne in the height of summer. We have friends in Turkey and they have recommended a place in the old town of Antalya for us to stay. Getting in as the sun sets we settle in and drift out into the hot night to explore our surroundings and grab a bite to eat.

Our neighbourhood is called "The Kaleici", as we are only here for a couple of nights we decide just to explore this part of city, as its what’s left of the old Roman port, this is not such a bad option. With its narrow cobbled streets of historic Ottoman era houses, we wind our way down the laneways and through the souk (old market) till we get to the ancient harbour. Today it’s full of little cruise boats with touts along the pier shouting at us to take a day cruise. We are not tempted as we plan to take a longer cruise along the coast later with our friends, so much to the frustration of the touts we simply walk on by. It’s very hot in Antalya, and as the afternoon heat starts to top 45 degC we decide to make the climb up to a café set in the old city walls overlooking the harbour to hide from the heat and cool down with a beer…. or two!

After the heat has left for the day we wander out again to watch the sun set over the old fort walls before we look for dinner amongst the long line of kebab shops nestled along Hadrian’s Gate. This rather impressive entrance into The Kaleici was constructed in the 2nd century by the Romans in honour of the Emperor Hadrian when the city became part of the Roman Empire. The gate is amazingly well preserved and as we munch on our first taste of genuine Turkish shish kebabs, we wonder if anything built today will be still be around in 2000 odd years.
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