Getting the most for our money.
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July 26th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
DAY EIGHT of the Beaches & Ruins Road Trip: ANTALYA and TERMESSOS.
Since our rooms were so expensive and we arrived late last night, we decided to take our time leaving in order to "get the most for our money." There no real sense or logic to this, but it somehow feels better to get the "cost-per-hour" down :^)
When I saw the breakfast buffet (included in the price, TG), I thought, hmm, maybe it was worth $300 after all. It was enormous. We could have stayed all day, grazing. The best part was a huge broccoli dish. I know, broccoli is not the first thing on people’s minds when they think of breakfast. But I just love broccoli and can't often find it on menus, so it was a treat… for me and Lisa both. We lingered over breakfast, and took a few "extras" with us for a picnic later.
After breakfast, I got to work on TB in the room, while Steve and Lisa attempted to deal with our tire issue. We still had a spare tire on the car, and needed to get the "real" tire repaired. Well, Lisa had quite an adventure while I was busy blogging. She ended up riding with a tow truck driver (Budget Rental would pay for an unnecessary tow, but would not pay to repair the tire. Go figure.) to a tire repair shop. Turkish men are very eager to help single women, and they are also very free with the marriage proposals I might add. She got the tire fixed and may have gained a boyfriend/fiance in the process! (With the language difficulties it's sometimes hard to know what you are agreeing to, ha ha.) She took lots of photos and I am posting a few of them here.
Finally it was time to leave the hotel. It is Lisa's last day with us (sob) but her plane doesn't leave until 10pm, so we had time to... visit some more ruins, of course!
We drove to Termessos, which is about 20 miles from Antalya. I don’t think any of us were terribly thrilled to see yet another ancient Greek theater (ho hum!), but we were quite pleasantly surprised by Termessos (which isn’t Greek, by the way. The people here were called Solymians, from Asia Minor. The site dates from about 2nd Century AD).
First off, there is a long, steep, tiring climb to the ruins. This means: no tour groups! So it was very quiet here, with just one or two other couples we ran into once or twice.
The most spectacular thing here was actually the theatre. I am so sick of these theaters, and I really thought I was too jaded to be impressed by another one. But this one was set on a cliff, overlooking a mountain in the background.
We made a loop around the site (I was lost the whole time. If I were on my own I would have probably spent the night up there) and took a different path back down the mountain. It was far too steep and took way too long to get down! There were picnic tables near the parking lot and we had a nice lunch courtesy of the IC Hotel in Antalya. Then it was time to head back into the city to find our hotel (this time we had a reservation!). Lisa would take a shower at our place before we headed to the airport.
Antalya is not an easy city to navigate. The streets make no sense whatsoever (no grid here), and we just COULD NOT find our hotel for the longest time.
Far too soon, it was time to take Lisa to the airport. On our way, we tried to find dinner and ended up having pide (again) at some outlet mall. There was an ice skating rink in the center of the food court, and we watched some Turkish kids on skates for the first time. Now that’s entertainment.
I was so sad to say goodbye to Lisa … this visit was far too short. Already I am working on getting her to come to South America. She says she has to work but I will try my best to get her to visit …Galapagos sounds good, right!?
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