Lynn & David travelling from Turkmenistan through the Caucasus to Turkey travel blog

Perge, Turkey

Water channel, Perge, Turkey

Lynn at Perge, Turkey

Perge, Turkey

Perge, Turkey

Perge, Turkey

Temple of Apollo, Side, Turkey

Arches at Aspendos, Turkey

Whole theatre, Aspendos, Turkey

Stage area in theatre, Aspendos, Turkey

Waterfall at Manavgat, Turkey

Friday 3rd June 2016

Antalya, Turkey - visits to Perge, Side, Aspendos and Manavgat Waterfalls

Today we were picked up at 8:00am for a whole day trip. After we had gone around and picked up the other people who were on the trip (3 Chinese, 1 Canadian, and 9 Indian), we headed off to the ancient city and ruins of Perge, which was both a Greek and Roman city in ancient times. It was very large in area with well developed systems of water supply and what would have been beautiful marble covered buildings, but like elsewhere in Turkey, over the centuries everything above the ground had been torn down and reused in other buildings by the inhabitants. The scale of the place was pretty amazing but it did not look very well cared for. After quite a good visit we headed off to Side, by the sea, now a holiday resort with lots of apartments and tacky shops in a street with the ruins of Athena’s Temple nearby, including granite columns which must have looked very impressive from the sea. This place is really pretty sad as everything combines to make it look horrible. From there we went and had lunch in a large tourist restaurant near a river which was filled with school children on an excursion and then after lunch we visited Aspendos, a truly fantastically preserved Roman theatre where there was all sorts of entertainment, including lion fights with gladiators and so on. After viewing the ancient aqueducts, built by the Romans about 2,000 years ago, we went to a pretty waterfall area to end off the day then drove back to our hotel in Antalya. When we arrived back, we walked down and bought an ice cream and sat overlooking the view while we ate them. It was a really interesting day, there is a lot of history here and normally many tourists. Apparently over 12 million people visited Antalya in 2014 – there are definitely not as many tourists anywhere in Turkey at the moment due to terrorist activities mainly in Istanbul and Ankara. We had a delightful dinner in the restaurant again tonight, this time serenaded by a pianist and then some excellent singers. The weather has been fine, a bit overcast today, but about 26C.

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