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The Fountain At Carini

Have you ever thought what it would be like without a fountain? I’m sure you haven’t if your fountain is not a life saver. Some fountains are. The fountain in Carini, Sicily is a life saver in my opinion as it’s a necessity. You may think there is not a water shortage in places in Europe, but you may have to rethink your opinion.

Unless there has been a significant improvement since I was last in Carini which was approximately 2006, Carini did not have plentiful water coming out of the taps whenever the faucets were turned on. Long story short – the fountain was where you had to go to fill up your containers in case your water ran out. People would walk, drive or go on their motor bikes to get the water they needed to drink, bathe in and do the dishes. Most residences had to instal a water storage tank on their rooftops to maintain a steady supply of water. Here is a picture of the fountain in Carini. I am supplying two as one is better than the other as it shows a wider area as in my original print.

Carini Plaza Fountain

By the way, Carini is a wonderful place.  I have been there at least five times, and have stayed there for 5 weeks one time, another two times I was there for three weeks each time, and the other two times, just a couple of weeks.

I had this picture enlarged and in a frame.  It was hanging in an Italian restaurant for at least ten years, and then it went missing.  Good job I still have the prints.  I took pictures of my picture to bring you these images.  I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of Carini.

Don’t ever forget to be thankful when you turn on your tap, and you are lucky enough to get running water.  Be grateful that you don’t have to go to a local fountain (even if it’s a beautiful fountain) to get your supply of water.

Also, sorry I haven’t written in such a long time, life has been so very busy.  Does it ever get less busy?  Until next time.

The View From The Trafalgar Hilton in London

View From Trafalgar Hilton

The view from the Trafalgar Hilton in London is ever so fantastic!  In fact, you might say it’s exceptional!  I think I should have taken more pictures of the view from the Trafalgar Hilton when I was in London last year.  This hotel is so central, and just across the road from Trafalgar Square – you can’t get better than that!  In addition, it is walking distance to Green Park, St. James’ Park, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Victoria, and so much more!  I highly recommend staying at the Trafalgar Hilton.

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

View From Trafalgar Hilton

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.

Blast From The Past – Copenhagen & The Little Mermaid

I had a blast from the past, and my gosh – it was fast!  There was just one picture from this place – Copenhagen in Denmark.  I lived there for one and a half years, but don’t think I took too many pictures while I was there.  That’s really too bad.  Anyway, here is one that I have with me in it – visiting the statue of The Little Mermaid.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Can you tell that it looks cold?  Do you see the ice?  I can still remember how cold it was and the constant snow.  However, Copenhagen is a very pretty place.  I wish I had taken more pictures.  Perhaps I might have more that may show up – I hope so.

Want to know something?  I can never forget Denmark!  I can remember the main street in Copenhagen – Vesterbrogade – and Tivoli – the touristy amusement and visitor park, opposite Burger King.  I can remember going to the train station on Sunday morning to get a freshly fried doughnut – filled with jam, and a piping hot cup of coffee that would warm me up from the cold that I had escaped outside.  I would read a British newspaper that I bought in the train station.  I remember the smell of freshly made waffle cones, and the delicious Danish ice-cream.

I remember Danish!  Jeg hedder Davinder, hvad hedder du?  Jeg kommer fra England, and jeg boed i Danmark hal et ar.  Excuse my basic Danish, but I still remember more of it than I do of French that I took for a year in England at school.  I guess it helped because I lived there and spoke it, and listened to it every day.

Denmark, you will always have a special place in my heart, but I can say one thing…..I’m glad I escaped the cold!

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!