Consuming a piece of Turkish Delight
Antalya Travel Blog › entry 6 of 146 › view all entries
September 24th, 2005 – by: Jollyjetsetter
My teaching career took me as
far afield as central Japan, but back in the mid-1990's, the very first
piece of the teaching career jigsaw came in the shape of a very
short-term teaching post in Izmir in Turkey. I was intrigued by the
mysticism surrounding Turkey back then, and I vowed to return, so in
late September 1995, a trip to Antalya seemed like a fitting way to pay
a '10 years on' return visit, and see another area of a country which I
really had not seen enough of first time around. Antalya is a sizeable
place for sure, a sprawling city which seemed to be in a fairly
constant state of outgrowth, from modern out-of-town shopping malls to
densely-packed commercial areas in the city centre.
Sea view, steps away from the Adonis hotel in Antalya - tasteful!
The hotel Adonis
was located about 40 or so minutes' walk from where the city proper
seemed to commence, and a neighbouring water park (Dedeman) ensured at
least half a day of solid aquatic entertainment. Excursion options were
more than plentiful for a week-long stay, and having had the most
thrilling quad bike tour in the Dominican Republic in 2002, I repeated
the experience near Lara beach just outside Antalya, along with 3
Russian businessmen staying at the Cremlin Hotel. Out-classing the
Russians was clearly unintentional, but the amount of dust and sand
kicked up by the bikes made for a crazy, hazy biking session, and as a
result, I'm as much of a keen quad biker as an international traveller,
which explains my sense of euphoria when I arrive in a new resort, and
find out that quadding is an option. The truly priceless excursion from
Antalya was a full day spent at the layered mineral springs of
Pamukkale and the neighbouring ruins at Hierapolis, both splendid
tourist spots, and a vital travel experience for certain.
My fave ever picture taken in Turkey, of the layered mineral springs at Pamukkale - sublime!
I seem to
recall going out to a local nightclub by the name of Club Alley, which
was an open-air affair, and would have had real atmosphere, had it not
been for the fact that an important Turkish football fixture was being
played at the very same time, resulting in a poor turn-out at the
nightclub, which shows the way in which the Turks have embraced
football over the years. Antalya has no doubt developed even further,
and has added features that would make a return trip seem valid, but
folks, the world is a huge place, and that's what makes this lifestyle
feel like you're sampling a bottomless bag of pick and mix with no two
contents being alike....
Who said that all travel photos have to be serious? Don't you just love this frog quartet!!!
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