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Jun 3, 2016 - Antalya and visits to Perge, Side and Aspendos, 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...

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Mar 22, 2015 - Mediterranean city

March 22 After a leisurely breakfast I set off to explore the old city of Antalya . I met a man carving with “Turkish ivory” which is a very light white mineral (magnesium carbonate) used for making pipes. I admired his workmanship and he gave me a good luck pin to ward off he evil eye which he pinned to my shirt. A little while later I met a man who shined shoes who noticed my pin and gave me another. I was wearing sandals not in need of shining but he was just being nice. Either that or he thought I needed a LOT of protection from evil...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Perge, Park, Museum and

Up at 6:00 and down to the buffet breakfast. Most of the folks who were going on the optional tour were there – not as much stuff as the dinner but the basics. Minna got a soft boiled egg that turned out to be hard boiled. Then another. Then she decided to just peal the egg and eat it but that one turned out to be soft boiled… One final attempt and the soft boiled was again hard, so a funny breakfast. Most of my stuff was normal. Back to get our stuff and meet on the bus. Big news was that it seems that tomorrow the “other half” will get...

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Jun 17, 2014 - To the sea

We headed down the mountain then through some very rugged country. Mountains going to 4,500 feet then down into very flat valleys. The valleys were rich agricultural land with cereal crops and some orchards - pomegranates and peaches mostly. Then up and down and finally through a park near the coast. As we went down the mountain to Antylya we stopped at an ovelook. on one side was a twenty foot high sculpture of Anaturk's head. On the other the city and the Mediterranean stretching off into the distance. The city stretched all along with...

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Jun 13, 2014 - The Perge ruins and an afternoon on the beach...Mediterranean...turquoise...

What a day! I now know why Tom Harr and Gus & Gail have always said it is their favorite place on earth! It reminds me of the way the people rebuilt the "old city" of Warsaw and Krakow, before the bombing of World War II, Leslie, using all the pieces from the rubble. That's what they are doing in Ephesus and Perge...using the huge chunks of "what was" they are rebuilding it the way it was! They have mosaics and frescoes to show them the way...granted some of them were found in pieces and had to be puzzled back together, as well! When I grow...

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Jun 28, 2013 - Antalya

South of Pamukkale, we pass through a craggy mountain range, with pine plantations, then a wide green valley with many orchards, vegetable crops, and strawberry greenhouses. We stop at a road-side stall and buy the most delicious apricots, peaches and cherries...at cheap local prices. We visit the ruins of the ancient city of Perge, established in 3,000 BC, but evidence has been found of habitation from 5,000 BC. Alexander the Great ruled and died there in the 3rd century BC. There is a wonderful square market place, surrounded by marble...

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Mar 11, 2013 - Antalya

We stayed the weekend at Orkinos Camping (N 36°43'14" E 30°33'49"), taking a long walk into town and back along the beach on Saturday. Most of the shops are closed, or being refitted, until summer comes, and most of the many hotels are closed also. On the beach, I was “picked up” by Ünal, a Turk who worked in a nearby 5-star hotel (it was his day off) and he invited us to have a çay with him back at a local café. Despite having a husband in tow, it was obvious that he was only interested in talking to me and afterwards he presented me with...

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Jun 10, 2012 - Antalya (45kms)

Saturday 9/6/12 Antalya 45kms Wow it feels like the tent is a sauna at 7.30am. We move it round to some shade to pack up. Our host is sitting at the door of his caravan sorting through huge piles of papers, he screws them up and throws them out the door on the ground and then he sets fire to them!! Barely 5 mins later a police officer drives up, the host takes him to the caravan and presents him with some papers. Interesting, wonder what evidence he burned?. 150m , from camp we ride into a municipal picnic area, not many people, a good spot...

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Jun 8, 2012 - to Antalya by bus, 40ks

Friday 8/6/12 to Antalya by bus, 40ks on bikes Woke to a lovely sunrise. Pete has trouble with fuel blockage in the stove, so no coffee! On the road at 7.15, our quickest packup. Cover the 13 ks into Manavgat city in 20mins! And stop at the first café. It happens that no buses can take us and bikes to Denizli til Monday, weekend buses are full already, so we take the 10am bus to Antalya, maybe we can see Mt Olimpos. Rugged mountains appear. Anyalya is a sprawling city along the coastline, very clean and tidy, topiary trees and colourful...

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May 22, 2012 - Antalya

This morning the rest of the group went on a 4-hour "cruise" on the Mediterranean. I opted out of that when Alp said the boat was a little longer and wider than our bus...too small for me! I was getting nauseous just thinking about it...so...I had 6 hours of free time (a rare commodity on this tour). I got my journaling caught up, got ready and ventured back down to the wharf and the shops we had passed on our walking tour yesterday. Any of you who have traveled with me know that I have no sense of direction...so this was a major stretch!...

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Sheeon Year 2012

May 21, 2012 - Travel to Antalya

I was too tired and relaxed to journal last night. 9 of us women and 4 of the men went to a Turkish bath (details to follow). Began our journey from Konya to Antalya around 9:00. The drive took us through agricultural and industrial regions, over the mountain range...about the height of our Cascades...and down into the Mediterranean, tropical area. Beautiful scenery with lots of road construction. Turkey's economy is booming so we see lots of work on improving the infrastructure and the outskirts of the cities have fields full of new high...

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Sheeon Year 2012

May 12, 2012 - Fethiye....Kas..

Merhaba! Un séjour de 3 nuits à Fethiye. Une magnifique destination. Un must! Une petite ville d’environ 70 000 habitants. Ici c’est le calme, le repos. Je prends quand même en considération que je voyage hors saiso. C’est un paradis pour les sportifs.(Parapente, voile, plongée, kayak de mer, etc.) Là, je suis coté méditerranée, l’eau est bonne pour la baignade, et elle est d’un bleu cristal. Le sommet des montagnes portent encore la neige malgré les températures oscillant entre 25 et 30 degré. J’ai fait 2 excursions d’une journée chacune :...

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