Just walking through Antalya
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April 12th, 2005 – by: dahling
We then say hello to our friend in the jewellery shop. After a cay for me and an apple tea for the kids we keep going through Old Town by the harbour to see what they have restored in the last years. Many houses look unfamiliar. Many new places are taking place of the old ones. The bakery has made way for yet another tourist shop. The seamstress for the belly dance costumes has moved to another part of town and there is also a souvenir shop. Funny how they all carry the same thing. My friend wanted me to bring something back, that you used to find at every corner a few years ago, but it is not to be found anywhere.
Ah, there he is. "My" meerschaum man is still there. He greets us a warm welcome, yes, the kids got so big, again we drink tea, he inquires about the family and wishes us a nice stay and says I should stay there and work for him. What a tempting idea.
On we go to visit the pension we once stayed at. The housekeeper man is still there, the owner has moved on to open more places. Antalya's pensions are doing bad. The big hotels with the all-inclusive are taking all their business and there are hardly no backpack travellers anymore. He tells us how he misses the old times.
Time to go on, gotta meet mom in the park. Okay, so we go to Hadrian's Gate. "Mom" - the quietness of the midday heat is rudely interrupted - "MOMMMMMMMYYYYY, look they got Subway here now" Yes. I see this. "Can we go to McDonalds?" Well, I have to admit it is the best McDonalds I ever ate at, but I really am not in the mood for McDonalds when I can have all those Döner Kebaps.
So, we meet up with the others and order a Samowar. Unfortunately no tables up front, but we sit, so the kids are out of the hair. Not too bad either, they do the multi culti thing. They just grabbed some other kids and played at the fountain. I just love the turkish culture and there children. They are so relaxed and patient. We do the typical thing. We sit. And enjoy the view and the sun. And as usual I enjoy the sun too much and burn my nose. That's what I get for sticking it out there so much. Finally, we decide to go home. On the way we have to walk across the tram tracks and right as we get there, the tram towards Konyaalti arrives.
We go outside to look at more old stuff. It's okay here, I can look. She can run and climb. Good thing. We play pretend chess on an ancient chess board that is engraved in the marble table that sits in front of a stone chair. My boy sits in it and even though he ain't, but skin and bones, it reminds me of King Louis of the Jungle Book. Enough of the museum.
Even though it is cool, we walk towards the beach. It looks all so different. The road I remember, even though I still remember the one way street that used to lead up that path. But all those umbrellas. and the concrete and the buildings. OH well, luckily it is not season yet. Only a few young turkish men working on their tans. And being brave enough to hit the water. The kids went in - of course. and used our clothes to dry off and get warm afterwards. I am jealous. But Turkey is not the place to be an adult running in underwear in the water. It would be a dumb idea. Nevertheless, it was a perfect day, not too hot, hardly no people and the wind blowing.
The next day we drove to Serik and Belek, but unfortunately we hardly too any pictures. I was so disappointed. The town literally exploded. Big hotels everywhere and vacation homes back to back. I thought this might happen one of these days. It used to be the "secret" spot and not many people went to the beach there, cause there were no trees. So we usually had to share the beach with only a few locals. Now, it is a place where you can find all the excitement you would like. If you like. All kinds of watersports and pretty girls competing with the pretty man. The only restaurant serves european coffee and charges european prices. There is not one open spot on that beach at all. A little further on is a bird refuge, so no hotels in there, but who knows for how long till somebody pays enough. I am thinking of Beysehir and the lake in the mountains.
In general Turkey is not cheap anymore. Last I heard the buying power is 98cent for each Euro. But it is still nice there, the people are friendly, the food is fantastic and I think if it just would not be so hot, I might just stay there and sell meerschaum pipes. But, I would miss my seasons.
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