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Sometime – You Have To See The Amazing Antalya

Hadrian's Gate, Antalya

Sometimes, you have to see the amazing Antalya, you have to sightsee and you will see things you would never see back home.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you have to take a second look, and think well, that looks like something I have seen at home.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you have to turn a corner in this new place, and you will see things you know you can’t see at home.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you have to wonder, and say is this Turkey or is it Rome?  For parts of it are so similar to other places in Europe – don’t forget Turkey is partly in Asia, and partly in Europe.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you’ll have to question – is this Ireland or England? I see a pub!  Then, you have to remember you are in a place that wants to cater to tourists and make you feel at home.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you will see what you will normally see in public, and it could be anywhere in the world.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes you will again think is this England, perhaps it is?  But again, if you recollect and rack your brains, you will remember where you are and be happy to be in Antalya.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, well let’s stop with the sometimes and give it a break while you look at more pictures

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you will wonder about the time, and this will give you an indication of the difference in hours of the places mentioned in the picture below

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you will want to believe that this is your home – isn’t it cozy?  This is one of the small hotels near Hadrian’s Gate

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you might want to wish you have a rug like this.  After all, aren’t Turkish rugs some of the best?

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you should be reminded of Hadrian’s Gate again…..

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Sometimes, you have to watch my video of Antalya…..perhaps now – would be a good time?!!

Sometime, you will have to see the amazing Antalya.

Turkish Delight and Turkish Spice

I never knew there were so many kinds of Turkish Delight, until my recent trip to Turkey.  When I went to Antalya, I asked what these tempting things were and were told they were Turkish Delight.

Turkish Delight, Antalya

Turkish Delight, Antalya

I had thought Turkish Delight just looked like this

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Then I saw more that looked like this.  Unfortunately, I did not get to try the kind shown in the first and third picture

Turkish Delight, Antalya

Turkish Delight, Antalya

Here, there’s an assortment that looks similar to what I know Turkish Delight looks like, and did you know it also tastes as good as it looks – you might even say it’s delightful!

Turkish Delight, Antalya

Turkish Delight, Antalya

Here is a whole display case (very close by to Hadrian’s Gate) full of Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight, Antalya

Turkish Delight, Antalya

Here’s two more delightful kinds of Turkish Delights

 

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Growing up in England, I used to love eating Turkish Delight covered with chocolate, and since this is not a picture that I took – I will just include the website link so that you can see it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fry’s_Turkish_Delight

I did take boxes of Turkish delight back to the USA to give out as gifts to friends

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Well, if you don’t like sweets, you might like spice?  As the saying goes…..sugar and spice makes all things nice.  I certainly enjoyed seeing both (and trying both), and when it comes to sugar and spice, I can’t choose.  I like sweets, and I also like spicy dishes.

Turkish Spice, Antalya

Turkish Spice, Antalya

Turkish Spice, Antalya

Turkish Spice, Antalya

Well, I certainly like how spices are displayed in the markets and stalls in Antalya.

Turkish Spice, Antalya

Turkish Spice, Antalya

Hope you enjoy some sugar or spice every now and then.

Some Turkish Delight in Antalya

I must continue writing and sharing my pictures of Antalya.  I was only in Antalya for 7 days, but have so many pictures that I took, and I was only in the Old City for about 4 hours, but also took more than enough pictures.  But, can you ever get enough pictures?  When you are into taking pictures, it’s never enough!

You might want to take a picture of a big beautiful boat (perhaps it’s a barge) like this, surrounded by other boats with the gorgeous backdrop of the Sea in Antalya.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Then, you need to get the rocks centralized, and still get the boats in the picture.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Then, perhaps find an angle with buildings that will blend in and still give you a picture that has boats and the Sea in it.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Now, you get all that I described above in one picture.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Okay, and there I will stop.  You get the picture, you just have to take lots of pictures as you don’t know when you might go back – if ever.  The wish always of course is when you are there, that you will return.  However, life gets in the way many a time, and return visits to certain places is not as possible as perhaps a visit to other places that you just have to go to because either a piece of your heart is there, like mine is in London, or because you have family there and that is somewhere you must go back to or you will lose yourself if you erase that part completely.  I will never erase England from my memory, nor do I want to.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

However, this post is about Turkey, and I feel that I have connected somewhat to Turkey – after all – I have vacationed here for a week this time, and been to Istanbul before (for about 8 hours only on a port visit during a cruise), and to Izmir (during the same cruise – but on a different day).  Who knows, it seems like Turkey is part of my destiny in some ways – I feel I will return here again.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

I love these colors, bright red against the green – with the splash of blue in the background – very pretty!

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The picture below reminds me a little of Seaport Village in San Diego.  Why am I seeing so much similarity or drifting off to other places during this post?  Please forgive me.  If you do view the San Diego post, I’m sure you will see some water with exactly the same color as in this one with the fountain.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Look at this, don’t you just love the Turkish teapots?

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

I really love this picture below and love that barge – yes I’m going to barge right in, and call it a barge!

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

One more thing, I was thinking about the title of this post and since I linked to other pieces that I wrote with Turkish Delight in the titles, I figured why not use these words again, and this time give you a picture or two of Turkish Delight since now I have more than enough pictures of this delicious Turkish treat.  So, these two are just for you!  By the way, they were delicious!

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Well, I hope you enjoyed my pictures of Antalya.  Next time, I might bring you more pictures of Antalya or more of London…..we’ll see.  Until then, I hope you all have a terrific weekend, and for those of you in the USA – happy three day weekend!

A Captivating Trip To The Old City of Antalya in Turkey

Do you worry about going into unchartered territory?  It’s easy to worry, but until you venture to the unknown, you won’t know.  Look at me, I had no clue that I would see Haidan’s Gate in Antalya until I ventured into the Old City, and I am so pleased that I saw it – I would say that it was the highlight of my trip.  Turkey – especially, Antalya is quite safe.  I am in the process of making a little video about Antalya and will upload it soon.  If you are thinking of culture, travel, history, architecture…..think Turkey.   Take a look at some of my pictures, and get a taste of Turkey.

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Music and prayers from the Mosque drifted through the air, and it was kind of hypnotizing to be there with the prayers coming in over the loudspeakers.  Of course, I couldn’t understand any of it, but I enjoyed listening to it as it was not something I would come across at home in the USA or even when growing up in the UK.  It is something  given to you as a gift through travel.  You do get unique little gifts like that via your travels, little cultural experiences that can enrich you – you can enjoy other’s culture while there, be aware of their culture and their country, respect it, and just drink in the experiences surrounding you.  Nothing I write can quite describe it, so that is why I made a video.  Later, I will come back to this and insert a link of my video when it’s ready.  Meanwhile, here’s the Mosque where the music and prayers came from.

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

The view as seen from the balcony (see the first picture) is amazing.  I could just stand and watch it for hours.  This area where I am showing you the pictures of is all walking distance from Haidan’s Gate, and the Old Bazaar.

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

This is a really old drinking fountain, I just had to get a picture of a Turkish man in front of a Turkish drinking fountain!  Then again, it could be a Turkish foot and leg washing fountain?!

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

I like the trees, the minaret, the flowers, the mountains, the sea, and oh, I like Antalya!

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

There’s me in Antalya.

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

This is Attalos who is from the Royal Dynasty of the Kingdom of Pergamon (see the next picture below this one).

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Next time, I will show you more pictures of the Bay.  I think I take too many pictures, sometimes I share too many pictures.  Perhaps, I just like pictures and taking pictures.  How many times can you use the word picture in one paragraph – just count how many times I did it.  I think I better stop now.  Until next time.  I wrote this post today, so I could have the day off tomorrow – after all it’s Mothers Day tomorrow.  Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers of the world.  I hope you have a fantastic day.

Oh, by the way……here’s the video that I made of The Old City of Antalya – I hope you enjoy it!

and here’s a longer video of it – if you want even more!

Old Bazaar & The Old City of Antalya

Are you ready for color, spice, souvenirs, and all things Turkish?  Let me take you on my sightseeing trip to the Old City of Antalya.   In this post I will carry on where I left off a few posts ago.  I had woken up early on the 4th of August, 2014, to go sightseeing all by myself in Antalya.  Then I had stumbled across Haidan’s Gate which I had not even known was here in Antalya – so happy that I had left the resort to go see the sights.  Now, I headed for the Old Bazaar.

Old City of Antalya

I think I took my first selfie, by looking through a mirror and taking a picture with me in it.  I think that’s still classed as a selfie?

The Old City of Antalya

The Old City of Antalya

Now, I did it again with my Note 3

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The people in Antalya greet you warmly, and will give you a cup of tea for just coming into their store.  This woman gave me a sample of tea.

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

When I went to this shop that sold delicious Turkish Delights, the man who sold them to me was so happy, he even ordered a cup of tea for me.  This reminded me of India, where I have only been once when I was 14, but I remember the same thing happening there.  When my mum would go in a store to buy material or Punjabi suits, the people in the store would order tea for everyone, even I would get a cup of tea at 14.  I was happy about that, as I even liked my tea back then.

Turkish Delight, Antalya

Turkish Delight, Antalya

Turkish Delights,  Old Bazaar, Antalya

Turkish Delights, Old Bazaar, Antalya

Here I am looking at the spices – these are the same spices that we use in our Indian food

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

Then I left the Old Bazaar, and ventured around the streets of the Old City, before heading towards the bay.

The Old Bazaar, Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

Old City of Antalya

I really like these all these umbrellas that are all hanging over the street – so colorful!

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

I couldn’t stop taking pictures, I find the Old City to be very picturesque.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Next, I headed to the bay, and I will show you these photos next time.  I hope you enjoyed seeing these pictures, and that you got a glimpse of life in the Old City of Antalya.  I hope you all have a fantastic May!

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate in the Old City of Antalya, Turkey is not to be missed.  Here’s a link to read more information about this beautiful historical and magnificent gate: http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/med/Antalya/sights/hadrian_gate.html  It is ever so impressive, and was built in the year 130 AD.  Antalya used to be a Roman city.  Here are pictures:

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

There is a little glass walkway that you have to walk over – I believe it is because they are preserving the stones.

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Here’s me in Antalya at Hadrian’s Gate

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Well, monuments are worth seeing, no matter where they are in the world, and this one is just as beautiful, just as significant and historical as any other worthwhile monument.  I hope Hadrian’s Gate stays intact for a really long time, if not for ever.  I highly recommend that you go visit Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya.

Out And About On The Way And In Old City, Antalya

My kind of holiday is not actually just a beach and swimming pool type of holiday (vacation).  I am more of a sight-seer.  I love seeing the sights, and being a tourist.  I can’t just sit by the pool all day.

I wanted to go and see something other than the grounds of the Delphin Imperial in Lara Beach, l actually wanted to see Antalya; see Turkey – not just swimming pools and the beach within metres of where we were staying.  That wasn’t adventurous enough for me.

Sadly, nobody else in my family (and there were at least 13 of us) wanted to see anything else of Turkey during this trip.  I asked the front desk at the Delphin Imperial about what there was to see in Antalya, and they told me they recommended that I see the Old City which is about 20 minutes away from the resort. Apparently, there were public buses that went from right outside the hotel and were really cheap – perhaps just about 2 Turkish lira.  Another option was getting a taxi.  A third option that I went for was taking the hotel’s private bus – used exclusively for it’s guests and this was a free bus.  Well, it didn’t take rocket science to figure out which option was the best.  After all, a public bus could be questionable, after all – what if I missed my stop?  Would anyone be able to help me, or understand me?  A taxi could also be problematic.  What if I got a questionable driver, who might take advantage of a woman traveling by herself?  I am a little worried about these things these days.  Once upon a time, when I was a lot younger, and before I had kids, I was ever so daring – I hitch-hiked around Australia – on my own, and then part of the time with a friend.  However, a private bus provided by the hotel – that was just for guests – seemed to be safe, and I couldn’t have made a better choice.  I had to reserve a seat, but it didn’t cost me anything.  My bus was going to leave at 9:20 am the next morning – I believe it was August 4th, 2014 and I should make sure that I got on the bus at least ten minutes early. When I told my family that I was going to travel by myself – they didn’t stop me – they know that I am a little stubborn, and will do what I want to do to some extent.

Next morning, I had my breakfast, and got on the bus.  It was adventure time!

Here are some pictures taken along the way.  By the way, the Old City is also known as Old Town too.

close by to Lara Beach, Antalya

close by to Lara Beach, Antalya

This picture shows the sister-property of the Delphin Imperial – the Delphin Diva.

close by to Lara Beach, Antalya

close by to Lara Beach, Antalya

Now, 20 minutes later, I have arrived. I love all the vibrant colors, and feel ever so happy and alive!  I feel freedom – I don’t know why.  This is what I love – wandering around, seeing things and taking pictures.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Isn’t the scene below of the frogs incredible?

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Look at how old this building appears to be.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

I just had to take pictures of McDonald’s, and no, I didn’t go in to order anything.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

I love to see buildings like this – after all this is Turkey, and I enjoy looking at architecture.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

I had no idea that Hadrian’s Gate was here in the Old City.  I know I’ve heard of it before – it’s definitely famous, and here it is in the city only 9 miles away from Delphin Imperial, and I almost didn’t see it – if I hadn’t been adventurous.  See what you can miss, if you don’t take the plunge and wander about?

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

In my next post, I will show you more of Hadrian’s Gate, and more of the Old City of Antalya.