Day 10- Konya to Antalya via Lystra

Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
Trip End Jul 04, 2010

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Hotel Blue Sea Garden

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Konya – Antalya via Lystra
Out of Konya we followed route 696 all the way to the junction with 695 which we then followed to the coast where we joined route 400 and went west to Antalya.

In the morning we spent a couple of hours wandering around the streets near the hotel in Konya , picked up a picnic lunch, and began driving to Antalaya. There are plenty of food shops around the Otel Mevlana for picking up food supplies.

Just outside of Konya we took a 30 km detour off highway 696 along a beautiful back road  to see ancient Lystra and the rock cut churches at Kilistra. There isn't much to see of ancient Lystra,but it was very meaningful to walk where Paul had been.

South of Seydisehir the route heads into the Taurus Mountains and you cross a number of spectacular passes.

Tom Tom was not really helpful in guiding us to our hotel in Antalya. I should forgive him though because it was in the narrow streets of the Old Town. We stopped at a taxi stand to ask for directions and a small miracle occurred. A young boy was walking by as we were asking the taxi drivers where to go "I know where the hotel is" he said "my uncle works there". We asked the boy to jump in and show us the way, and of course being a typical hospitable Turk he did. We saw him several times over the next few days as he helped out at a grocery store near our hotel.

Hotel Blue Sea Garden – Antalya
60 Euros Triple

45 Euros Double

Located in the old town very close to the water. Average sized rooms, but the triple on the ground floor (the Perge Room) had a very small, and poorly laid out wet bathroom (no separate shower).

If I stayed there again I would get rooms in the much quieter upstairs section. The best thing about the Hotel is their lovely garden and pool area. The whole place is shaded with citrus trees full of softly cooing mourning doves. The meze buffet at dinner for 15TL was also a delicious good deal, plus they had a bigger selection on their breakfast buffet than most places. We ate dinner there every night.

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