Turkish Delight on a Moonlit Night
Trip Start Aug 17, 2010
83Trip End Sep 16, 2011
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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.