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Broccoli for breakfast. Life is good.

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.
Lisa's new friends / suitors.
Again, just trying to get our money's worth!

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.
This is the kind of terrain that keeps large tour groups away.


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.
Lisa, dwarfed by the surroundings.
The ruins are spread out over quite a large territory on the side of a mountain. Everything is joined by rough and rocky paths. My flips flops were no match for the terrain. I definitely made the wrong choice on footwear. There were baths, cisterns, arched entrances, tombs, tumbled buildings… the works. We had a wonderful breeze, so it felt very comfortable. Tall trees and bushes sheltered the path and many of the ruins, adding coolness and a feeling of adventure because we had to push our way through in some areas. It was almost like we were discovering things for the first time. 

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.
Bird's eye view of our picnic lunch.
Half of it had collapsed, and it was all picturesque disarray. A truly spectacular setting. GORGEOUS. We all really liked this place.

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.
The decorator was on acid. Antalya Marmara Hotel.
It didn’t help that they told us it was in “the center in the city” when it was actually quite a distance south of the center. Nor did it help that the hotel has no signage whatsoever. (They are way too cool for a sign). Well we finally found it, wasting a lot of time in the process. I think the Antalya Marmara is a W Hotel wannabe. It’s modern/eclectic and contains some very bizarre designs choices. Our room has a crazy pink/turquoise/yellow color scheme. I am not complaining because it has a great sea view, diving on site, and a nice swim deck…a good place to relax after eight days on the road!

 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!?
 
portia says:
Galapagos is on my list too!
Posted on: Jul 28, 2008
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Lisas new friends / suitors.
Lisa's new friends / suitors.
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This is the kind of terrain that …
Lisa, dwarfed by the surroundings.
Lisa, dwarfed by the surroundings.
Birds eye view of our picnic lunc…
Bird's eye view of our picnic lun…
The decorator was on acid. 
Antal…
The decorator was on acid. Anta…
The buffet that goes on forever!
The buffet that goes on forever!
View from our room at IC Hotel.
View from our room at IC Hotel.
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Steve's breakfast sandwich. All t…
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Broccoli for breakfast. Have I di…
Our tire fixit man.
Our tire fixit man.
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Our tire gets the attention it ne…
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The ridiculous White House facade…
Making our way into Termessos.
Making our way into Termessos.
Someone left a sink on the path.
Someone left a sink on the path.
Termessos ruins.
Termessos ruins.
Termessos doorway.
Termessos doorway.
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Termessos being taken over by tre…
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Looks like it could fall over at …
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Be careful, it might fall over! L…
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What's a Heroum I wonder?
A nicer section of path.
A nicer section of path.
The gorgeous setting of the Termes…
The gorgeous setting of the Terme…
Steve and I (and a French lady) in…
Steve and I (and a French lady) i…
Not a job for flip flops!
Not a job for flip flops!
Something we just ran across on ou…
Something we just ran across on o…
Watch your step.
Watch your step.
An opened tomb, how morbid.
An opened tomb, how morbid.
My head. And some old stones.
My head. And some old stones.
Lisa takes the road less traveled,…
Lisa takes the road less traveled…
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My sandwich. I will never grow ti…
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Lunch tastes even better when it'…
Can you help us find our hotel?
Can you help us find our hotel?
Our bathroom at Antalya Marmara.
Our bathroom at Antalya Marmara.
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Our room at Antalya Marmara has H…
A computer with a view.
A computer with a view.
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