Itâ€™s too hot for culture.
Antalya Travel Blog› entry 175 of 251 › view all entries
July 29th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
We found a parking lot outside the fortified stone wall of the Old Town after a confused, circuitous drive (too many one-way streets here!). We walked along the outside of the wall on Ataturk Caddesi, which had a nice wide sidewalk and was shaded by trees. There were cheap shops selling clothing so I went into a few of them in another vain attempt to find a swimsuitâ€¦no luck though.
We then entered the Old Town through Hadrianâ€™s Gate (130 A.D.). Now that I am an expert on ancient cities, I couldnâ€™t help but notice that the ruts in the marble road under the gate were exceptionally deep.
Old Town was neatly restored and cute and clean. We saw many attractive hotels, rug shops, and souvenir stores. I wondered why it was so quiet. After 5 minutes I figured it out: everyone was probably inside, hiding from the heat. There wasnâ€™t a shade tree to be found anywhere, and we were sizzling in the sun and melting in the crazy humidity. We explored the streets, but just felt more drained with every step.
Finally we ducked into Kirac Museum, which had old photos of Antalya, displays of historical clothing, and Ottoman-era pottery.
We were very damp and tired as we left Old Town and headed back to the car. Our plan had been to visit Antalya Museum next, but we were both completely depleted and wanted nothing to do with it. So we bagged the museum and went back to the hotel, where we sat in the air conditioned room long enough to get enough motivation for the Fitness Room. I pedaled that elliptical machine until I could go no further, then we jumped in the Mediterranean. That swim was the highlight of the day for me. Water is good. Culture is overrated. :^)
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