Wherever the wind blows
Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
29Trip End Feb 15, 2011
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The other strange fact was that we were feeling pretty cut off due to the lack of internet (they had it on day one, sort of, and then it sort of broke). Sounds stupid, but it's the little things we're so used to now. Researching areas, checking the weather, touching base with family and friends. Not to mention two of our friends from Kalymnos had planned to come and join us in Geyikbayiri and said they would email us. Now we had no way of contacting them
Sam was out of her comfort zone with this idea. No research. No hotels booked. Just winging it.
We travelled through Side which has an entire town of ruins you can drive your car through, as they're on the main drag. My kind of tourism! And then after some more hours driving along the coast we came to Alanya, another coastal tourism centre.
This was a strange place. Ancient fortifications (like a mini Great Wall of China) wound through the town, with ruins, and the modern town just slotted in around it. It was pretty cool. The other interesting thing was the demographics of the tourists. Almost no English speakers. It was all German and perhaps Scandinavian (or other northern European) tourists. One shop owner said we were only the fourth Aussies he had met this season.
Thanks to not booking, we actually struggled to find a place to stay. Sam charmed her way into using the internet in a major hotel and we booked a random place online, then drove there
The next morning we toured the ancient fortifications and the Red Tower (see pics) before hitting the 150km of road back to the similarly named Antalya where we would fly out the next morning.
Fast forward the dodgy hotel in Antalya, returning the hire car and the flight to Istanbul, and we're nearly back to real time, as in, I am typing up this entry from our Istanbul hotel room. But Istanbul deserves its own entry.