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Nov 8, 2010 - Antakya & Nigde

A couple of big travel days as we left Syria and entered Turkey. The border crossing went smoothly, as usual the bus driver stocked up on cigarettes (using our allowances) so we had packages arranged around our feet that his sidekick came round and collected once we were clear of the border. What a change from Syria! As soon as we crossed the border it felt orderly and very western, not the frantic chaos of the Middle East countries. There seem to be a few road rules here too. The scenery was a backdrop of rocky mountains with many fruit...

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Oct 31, 2010 - Aleppo to Antakya

Today was time to leave Syria and head on to Turkey. I'll remember Syria especially for random ginger people and albino's. Everywhere we went they kept turning up. We headed off about midday so some shop wandering time in the souk prior. Then it was the fun of mini-bus / border crossing times. Its always amazing the beaurocracy needed to enter and leave borders over here. But it could have been MUCH worse. We arrived into the afternoon at Antakya, a nice little city beside a river. Nothing too much to attract the tourist as this was more of...

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Oct 31, 2010 - Turkey - Antakya

Wow - Finally up to date on journal having spent another 2 hours at it this morning. Now just need to start adding photos. - big job! Next time I travel it will be with a Notebook. Way less frustrating! Weather has definitely changed for the cooler and we are noticing a little more of the optical stoning so time to start wearing long pants and another layer. - So much for the tan. Picking up international taxis at 12 to head to the border. Lets see what it's like this time. Drıve to border ınterestıng - drıver dıd an exceptıonal job of...

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Jun 28, 2009 - Crossing into Turkey

I left Aleppo around midday today, caught a cab to the public bus station and piled into a public mini-van to drive from there to Antakya in Turkey; a journey that shouldn't take more than a couple of hours. The bus driver was really rude (which was evident despite the fact he wasn't speaking English) and seemed realy agitated. When I got on the bus he threw a plastic bag at my feet that was tied up and I assumed it was rubbish and indicated for him to put it somewhere else, he seemed to be throwing these bags under alot of the seats....

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Apr 6, 2007 - Antakya (Antioche)

Nous ne sommes pas tout à fait en Syrie... Les guides sont unanimes, sur la route d'Allepo, un arrêt au musée d'achéologie d'Antakya s'impose. Vu de l'extérieur, on peine à croire que le minuscule båtiment contient une riche collection de mozaïques romaines du 3e siècle. Et pourtant, elles y étaient bien... en grand nombre, grandeur nature! En voici quelques unes... (Cliquez sur l'unes des photos en haut de cette page!) Cette visite nous donne bien envie d'aller voir le musée de Gaziantep lors d'un prochain voyage dans l'Est. Nour irons y...

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Mar 7, 2006 - antakya/hatay

dear nader, i am now following your trail nader, though in the opposite direction. i'm in antakya/hatay, & soon to be in aleppo/halab. just a few hours sleep & much waiting at the border & i'm there! so this antakya place is quite something. i don't understand much as everyone here speaks turabish. that's what i'm calling the dialect here. it's turkish, but with a heavy does of arabic, thus making it almost incomprehensible to me at times. apart from that, the people here are beautiful, warm & their hospitality still means something other...

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Nov 6, 2005 - Week Eighteen

October 30th (Gary) Despite the some what inclement weather we walked part of the Ihlara valley famed for its rock hewn churches and dwellings from the 13th century. Although dog eared by time, the Christian churches are very impressive for their decoration and sheer determination to succeed despite the persecution of the faith by the advance of Islam. We then travelled via the eight story deep underground city of Derinkuyu to Goreme in the heart of the Cappadocia region, surreal would be the term for the part lunar part loony landscape,...

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Jul 3, 2005 - Antakya

LEAVING CAPPADOCIA We left Goreme on another overnight bus but this time, hoping for an uneventful 10 hour journey to Antakya. We were planning to stay there for a day before tackling the border crossing. So much for uneventful - we nearly ended up who knows where. Scored some great seats towards the front of the bus (Grif loaded the bags while I beat the hoardes onboard). We knew we had to switch buses at Aksaray at 10.30pm. About 10pm we pulled into one of the restaurant/gas stations where the buses regularly stop to give the driver a...

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Apr 4, 2005 - Antakya, Turkey - old Antioch in Greek-Roman times

We continued on thru Lattakia, Syria and paid our $20 US for the 3 month Turkish visa and continued to this town in the dark...saw a great sunset and forested hillsides on the Syrian side! Now we are attempting to adjust to a new currency and find out how to get around in a new language after 3 countries in Arabic!!! Quite a challenge given we have not had to think about it for over 3 months! First day here Mari and I visit the church cave where St. Peter first preached to the people in this town...also photographed the cave escape tunnel...

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Feb 22, 2005 - Day trip to Antakya

Our day in Antakya with Baba, Fatma, Sabahattin, Sinan and me. A one hour car drive from Iskenderun over the mountains takes you to the old capitol of Hatay Republic (which joined Turkey in 1939), Antakya. We began our tour of the Mosaic Museum, the second largest mosaic collection in the world. Striking mosaics covered the walls and many floors. Also on display was a sarcophagus dating back 3000 years. Its ornate carvings and historical perspective took a while for us to absorb as we took many pictures of it. The bones of the deceased were...

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