It’s too hot for culture.

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The entrance to Antalya's Old Town, Hadrian's Gate.
We really haven’t strayed far from the hotel since we arrived in Antalya, so today we decided to visit the Old Town and hit a museum or two. Get some culture and stuff.

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 swimsuit…no luck though.

We then entered the Old Town through Hadrian’s Gate (130 A.D.). Now that I am an expert on ancient cities, I couldn’t help but notice that the ruts in the marble road under the gate were exceptionally deep.
Buildings in Old Town.
No traffic is allowed through now, but it was once a busy place! You see chariot ruts at many of the ancient cities, and it always brings it home to me that these were real live cities where people worked and lived.   

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 wasn’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.
He is CATatonic from the heat.
But frankly the item that held the most interest for us was the AC unit located in one of the rooms. We lingered in front of it as long as we could, then moved along, hoping for more AC later in the museum. But we found the remaining rooms were not cooled at all, and were even hotter than outside. Miserable.

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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The entrance to Antalyas Old Town…
The entrance to Antalya's Old Tow…
Buildings in Old Town.
Buildings in Old Town.
He is CATatonic from the heat.
He is CATatonic from the heat.
Restored shops in Antalyas Old To…
Restored shops in Antalya's Old T…
Whats left of the Korkut Mosque i…
What's left of the Korkut Mosque …
The Korkut Mosque.
The Korkut Mosque.
Hidirlik Tower (2nd century AD), n…
Hidirlik Tower (2nd century AD), …
Diorama in Kirac Museum.
Diorama in Kirac Museum.
Kirac Museum pottery display room.…
Kirac Museum pottery display room…
Cute figurine at Kirac Museum.
Cute figurine at Kirac Museum.
Our hotel in the evening. I tried …
Our hotel in the evening. I tried…
Dinner buffet at the hotel. It was…
Dinner buffet at the hotel. It wa…
Dinner buffet at the hotel.
Dinner buffet at the hotel.
Dinner at the hotel. After this ph…
Dinner at the hotel. After this p…
Antalya
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