Day 3 - Walking along the usual path

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Hadrians Gate

Day 3  (26.3.08) Wednesday

As it is still far too cold to go to the ocean, we go exploring to see what is still here in the city, and what has become new. As we are walking to the harbour and the park, we see that the streets are all made wider and now are laid with rocks instead of the usual asphalt. Very nice to the eyes. But, I miss my little pathways and I am almost getting lost, because I cannot recognize my usual walkways. As you probably noticed by now, I am not big into change. At least not when I like something the way it was.

 

We walk by the Tavuk Doener (chicken doener) which are on every corner and get the kids a snack. Luckily they sell by gram.

Now that's a hole in the wall - entrance to the tower in Hadrians Gate..
50g of meat �" 1 Lira (ca. 1 $) The kids claim it to be very good, but I am no fan of chicken and just drink my Ayran (traditional Turkish drink, comparable to Kefir or Lassie - the salty type) and just wait for dinner.  As we are walking toward the park we are passing tour group by tour group. In Turkey a tour guide has to have a licence and the tour guides are very well educated. Most of them went to University before they are allowed to lead tours. I try to listen to a group, but notice that he is praising some carpets and that the guy who owns the shop, is a friend (of course) and if they are interested, he will go with them and he will make a special deal for them. This is usually true. These people will get a special deal, because the seller will add the percentage that he must give the tour guide for bringing in customers. (No offense to the tour guide that do not follow this practice �" the ones you get through the tourist office, usually do not follow the practice, the ones from the hotel do. And most the people that have lived in your home country, they usually do too) So, if you see something that you like, do not go with somebody to buy things, unless you know them (like from Travbuddy J ).
Mosque across Hadrians Gate
Sometimes, you will meet honest people and most Turkish are really helpful and the hospitality is outstanding for sure, but a lot of them did grow up in the “civilised” hahaha �" world and value the dollar !!  In general, I think it is not bad, after all the income is extremely low for most and for most of us it does not make a difference if you buy a carpet for 2000 or 2020 Dollars. After all, it was the tourism that made living so difficult in the first place.

 If you have no idea of the worth of things in general, then you should bring somebody along. Better to pay 10% than to pay 25% extra. In general, all the tourist stuff costs the same everywhere. Except in the hotels. But if you see something you like at the bazaar or in Old Town, you might as well get it. The prices are pretty much the same everywhere. Unless �" unless you have a friend who really lives in Antalya �" then things are a little cheaper.

 

The history in Antalya is very rich and I enjoy walking through Hadrians Gate immensely.

Most interesting entrance I have seen so far.. you can't leave the house till you lose weight hahaha
To think how many people have passed through this gate and are still passing through it, is just unbelievable. In my mind I see horse carriages and women with Togas, soldiers in Roman uniforms. The picture in my head changes to men with metal helmets, and men with the fez and long beards, women in baggy pants and bright colors as my mind is travelling through time. How beautiful it must have been, when Caesar decided to give the whole region as a gift to Cleopatra, simply because of its beauty. Of both, the region and her. And I think how bad it was for women, when the Islam came and how slaves were held in harems. And I am thankful for Atatürk �" he who has such a deep understanding of the human soul. To me, one of the greatest leaders of all times. No, he did not conquer whole continents �"but he really did good things for his people. And to me, that is what makes one a good leader. And I wonder of the role of women in Turkey over the centuries and I wonder, why do some of them want to go backwards? No other country that I have visited do women have the equal right as equal as in Turkey. AND �" they have the right to live the modern life or don’t. To me, this is what equal is really all about. When one can choose how they want to live.
Bringing flowers for the neighbors
And I am cursing Germany where a woman gets paid an average of 26% less than a man, for the same job. As a fireman �"woman it is 1/3rd less. Maybe they should just put out 2/3rd of a fire next time. 

As you see, Antalya has always been a city, where I find so much food for thought. And the time and muse to think about what I see.

My train of thought is rudely interrupted by the appearing tram. We walk back and end the night with my attempt of learning chess.

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Hadrians Gate
Hadrians Gate
Hadrians Gate
Hadrians Gate
Now thats a hole in the wall - en…
Now that's a hole in the wall - e…
Mosque across Hadrians Gate
Mosque across Hadrians Gate
Most interesting entrance I have s…
Most interesting entrance I have …
Bringing flowers for the neighbors
Bringing flowers for the neighbors
The tram in front of Hadrians Gate…
The tram in front of Hadrians Gat…
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