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Some Turkish Delight in Antalya

I must continue writing and sharing my pictures of Antalya.  I was only in Antalya for 7 days, but have so many pictures that I took, and I was only in the Old City for about 4 hours, but also took more than enough pictures.  But, can you ever get enough pictures?  When you are into taking pictures, it’s never enough!

You might want to take a picture of a big beautiful boat (perhaps it’s a barge) like this, surrounded by other boats with the gorgeous backdrop of the Sea in Antalya.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Then, you need to get the rocks centralized, and still get the boats in the picture.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Then, perhaps find an angle with buildings that will blend in and still give you a picture that has boats and the Sea in it.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Now, you get all that I described above in one picture.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Okay, and there I will stop.  You get the picture, you just have to take lots of pictures as you don’t know when you might go back – if ever.  The wish always of course is when you are there, that you will return.  However, life gets in the way many a time, and return visits to certain places is not as possible as perhaps a visit to other places that you just have to go to because either a piece of your heart is there, like mine is in London, or because you have family there and that is somewhere you must go back to or you will lose yourself if you erase that part completely.  I will never erase England from my memory, nor do I want to.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

However, this post is about Turkey, and I feel that I have connected somewhat to Turkey – after all – I have vacationed here for a week this time, and been to Istanbul before (for about 8 hours only on a port visit during a cruise), and to Izmir (during the same cruise – but on a different day).  Who knows, it seems like Turkey is part of my destiny in some ways – I feel I will return here again.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

I love these colors, bright red against the green – with the splash of blue in the background – very pretty!

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The picture below reminds me a little of Seaport Village in San Diego.  Why am I seeing so much similarity or drifting off to other places during this post?  Please forgive me.  If you do view the San Diego post, I’m sure you will see some water with exactly the same color as in this one with the fountain.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Look at this, don’t you just love the Turkish teapots?

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

I really love this picture below and love that barge – yes I’m going to barge right in, and call it a barge!

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

One more thing, I was thinking about the title of this post and since I linked to other pieces that I wrote with Turkish Delight in the titles, I figured why not use these words again, and this time give you a picture or two of Turkish Delight since now I have more than enough pictures of this delicious Turkish treat.  So, these two are just for you!  By the way, they were delicious!

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Well, I hope you enjoyed my pictures of Antalya.  Next time, I might bring you more pictures of Antalya or more of London…..we’ll see.  Until then, I hope you all have a terrific weekend, and for those of you in the USA – happy three day weekend!

A Captivating Trip To The Old City of Antalya in Turkey

Do you worry about going into unchartered territory?  It’s easy to worry, but until you venture to the unknown, you won’t know.  Look at me, I had no clue that I would see Haidan’s Gate in Antalya until I ventured into the Old City, and I am so pleased that I saw it – I would say that it was the highlight of my trip.  Turkey – especially, Antalya is quite safe.  I am in the process of making a little video about Antalya and will upload it soon.  If you are thinking of culture, travel, history, architecture…..think Turkey.   Take a look at some of my pictures, and get a taste of Turkey.

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Music and prayers from the Mosque drifted through the air, and it was kind of hypnotizing to be there with the prayers coming in over the loudspeakers.  Of course, I couldn’t understand any of it, but I enjoyed listening to it as it was not something I would come across at home in the USA or even when growing up in the UK.  It is something  given to you as a gift through travel.  You do get unique little gifts like that via your travels, little cultural experiences that can enrich you – you can enjoy other’s culture while there, be aware of their culture and their country, respect it, and just drink in the experiences surrounding you.  Nothing I write can quite describe it, so that is why I made a video.  Later, I will come back to this and insert a link of my video when it’s ready.  Meanwhile, here’s the Mosque where the music and prayers came from.

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

The view as seen from the balcony (see the first picture) is amazing.  I could just stand and watch it for hours.  This area where I am showing you the pictures of is all walking distance from Haidan’s Gate, and the Old Bazaar.

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

This is a really old drinking fountain, I just had to get a picture of a Turkish man in front of a Turkish drinking fountain!  Then again, it could be a Turkish foot and leg washing fountain?!

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

I like the trees, the minaret, the flowers, the mountains, the sea, and oh, I like Antalya!

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

There’s me in Antalya.

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

This is Attalos who is from the Royal Dynasty of the Kingdom of Pergamon (see the next picture below this one).

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Old City of Antalya, Turkey

Next time, I will show you more pictures of the Bay.  I think I take too many pictures, sometimes I share too many pictures.  Perhaps, I just like pictures and taking pictures.  How many times can you use the word picture in one paragraph – just count how many times I did it.  I think I better stop now.  Until next time.  I wrote this post today, so I could have the day off tomorrow – after all it’s Mothers Day tomorrow.  Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers of the world.  I hope you have a fantastic day.

Oh, by the way……here’s the video that I made of The Old City of Antalya – I hope you enjoy it!

and here’s a longer video of it – if you want even more!

Out And About On The Way And In Old City, Antalya

My kind of holiday is not actually just a beach and swimming pool type of holiday (vacation).  I am more of a sight-seer.  I love seeing the sights, and being a tourist.  I can’t just sit by the pool all day.

I wanted to go and see something other than the grounds of the Delphin Imperial in Lara Beach, l actually wanted to see Antalya; see Turkey – not just swimming pools and the beach within metres of where we were staying.  That wasn’t adventurous enough for me.

Sadly, nobody else in my family (and there were at least 13 of us) wanted to see anything else of Turkey during this trip.  I asked the front desk at the Delphin Imperial about what there was to see in Antalya, and they told me they recommended that I see the Old City which is about 20 minutes away from the resort. Apparently, there were public buses that went from right outside the hotel and were really cheap – perhaps just about 2 Turkish lira.  Another option was getting a taxi.  A third option that I went for was taking the hotel’s private bus – used exclusively for it’s guests and this was a free bus.  Well, it didn’t take rocket science to figure out which option was the best.  After all, a public bus could be questionable, after all – what if I missed my stop?  Would anyone be able to help me, or understand me?  A taxi could also be problematic.  What if I got a questionable driver, who might take advantage of a woman traveling by herself?  I am a little worried about these things these days.  Once upon a time, when I was a lot younger, and before I had kids, I was ever so daring – I hitch-hiked around Australia – on my own, and then part of the time with a friend.  However, a private bus provided by the hotel – that was just for guests – seemed to be safe, and I couldn’t have made a better choice.  I had to reserve a seat, but it didn’t cost me anything.  My bus was going to leave at 9:20 am the next morning – I believe it was August 4th, 2014 and I should make sure that I got on the bus at least ten minutes early. When I told my family that I was going to travel by myself – they didn’t stop me – they know that I am a little stubborn, and will do what I want to do to some extent.

Next morning, I had my breakfast, and got on the bus.  It was adventure time!

Here are some pictures taken along the way.  By the way, the Old City is also known as Old Town too.

close by to Lara Beach, Antalya

close by to Lara Beach, Antalya

This picture shows the sister-property of the Delphin Imperial – the Delphin Diva.

close by to Lara Beach, Antalya

close by to Lara Beach, Antalya

Now, 20 minutes later, I have arrived. I love all the vibrant colors, and feel ever so happy and alive!  I feel freedom – I don’t know why.  This is what I love – wandering around, seeing things and taking pictures.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Isn’t the scene below of the frogs incredible?

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Look at how old this building appears to be.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

I just had to take pictures of McDonald’s, and no, I didn’t go in to order anything.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

I love to see buildings like this – after all this is Turkey, and I enjoy looking at architecture.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

I had no idea that Hadrian’s Gate was here in the Old City.  I know I’ve heard of it before – it’s definitely famous, and here it is in the city only 9 miles away from Delphin Imperial, and I almost didn’t see it – if I hadn’t been adventurous.  See what you can miss, if you don’t take the plunge and wander about?

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

In my next post, I will show you more of Hadrian’s Gate, and more of the Old City of Antalya.

14 Pictures of Big Ben

Big Ben as seen from the London Eye

You think you only need one picture of Big Ben, well how about ten?  How about fourteen –  I think that’s plenty.  You know me, I love London, and I love taking pictures of it.  However, I think I love taking pictures just in general, not just of London.  However, London is a special place – the place where I once went to when I was eighteen when I didn’t know where I would stay and just showed up.  When I saw it, I was besotted – it didn’t seem like the rest of England, the England I was accustomed to – the up north England of Yorkshire, or even the few other places I had been to occasionally for weddings such as Leeds, Birmingham, Derby, Walsall or places such as Bingley, and Halifax that I had also gone to quite a bit.  London was different.  London was grand, elegant, majestic, breath-taking, and ever so different.  It was like being in another country.  I ended up staying in a bed and breakfast for a few weeks, and then rented a studio flat in Paddington.  Anyway, let’s get back to reality and to pictures and not my story of another time.  I will leave that for another time.  

Here are some Big Ben pictures, who could have known it could be next to so many different things and look different in each picture.

Here it is is, alongside the Houses Of Parliament

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with people in front of it, well that was bound to happen!  And a bus, and now that building on the left crept into the scene too.

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with more of a glimpse of another building behind it (the white building).  The trees show up more in this, and the sun must have just gone behind a cloud too.

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with more people, and a sightseeing bus in front of it.

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with the London Eye showing up.  How did that happen?  Magic!  Well actually no, just get pictures from all different angles and you’ll get different pictures – pretty amazing!

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with the London Eye and a London Bus.

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with a London Bus, as seen from Westminster Abbey

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with a sign from St. Margaret’s Church in the corner, and the London Eye and the London Bus.

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with a London tree, St. Margaret’s Church sign, the London Eye and a London Bus.

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is in just it’s plain grandeur, next to a spiral tower on a ceiling (not just any ceiling, mind you).

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is next to historical buildings – this part of the Palace of Westminster (also known as the Houses of Parliament is known as Cromwell Green and if you look closely, you can see a statue of Oliver Cromwell at the bottom right).

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is is with a bit of the London Eye to the left of it

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

Here it is with a very nice building to the left of it

Big Ben, London

Big Ben, London

I hope you enjoyed seeing the changing scenery that included the Big Ben in it.  Also, the fourteenth picture I added in right at the end as the featured image, and that was Big Ben as seen from the London Eye.  As you can see, you will get a completely different look of Big Ben from there.  Well, until next time.

When In Rome

When in Rome, you won’t forget to do the usual touristy things like visit the Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

First you’ll want to photograph just about any part of it with other people in it

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

Then you’ll probably want to pick on an Italian-looking person to be in the picture

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

Then you’ll want to photograph the top of the structure

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

The middle of the structure

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

And other people taking better pictures of it

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

Don’t forget to take pictures that include the bottom of the structure showing the water.

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

Now, you’ll want to go elsewhere, and take more pictures

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Rome, Italy

And somewhere else again

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Rome, Italy

Take a picture from another angle

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Rome, Italy

And then walk around the corner

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Rome, Italy

Don’t forget to just take pictures of people, any people – don’t even ask them.

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Don’t forget the street scenes

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Rome, Italy

Don’t forget to get the Italian flag in your pictures

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Rome, Italy

Did I mention that you are supposed to get the numerous statues too that are all over the place?

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Bridge of Angels, Rome, Italy

Can’t resist throwing in one more picture of the Trevi Fountain.

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Trevi Fountain, Rome

Did I also tell you that you should just about take pictures of everything?

Also, one more thing……..when in Rome, forget about home!

Italy is Entrenched in Culture – You’ve Got to Love It!

There is a place that I could go to again and again, and never get bored of visiting, and that is Italy.  I have been there numerous times.  On this occasion, back in 2006, it was right after the MSC Musica cruise.  The cruise started in Venice and finished in Venice, but a trip to Italy is not complete without visiting some of it’s other beautiful cities.  We chose Pisa, and were not disappointed.  We also went to Florence, and San Gimignano, but I can’t remember if some of these pictures were taken there or not.  I have decided to label most of the other pictures Tuscany, Italy just to be on the safe side.

First, the most famous place in Pisa – the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

and here, it looks like it’s not leaning so much, but it’s just a different angle

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Then here are an assortment of pictures taken in Tuscany which is the region where Pisa is.

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Tuscany, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

 

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy

What can I say about Italy other than I  love the architecture, the fashion, the language, the food, the place and the people.  Italy, it has it all, and you can get a big taste of what Italy is about just in Pisa.

Just A Few Reasons To Visit the Church Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta

I didn’t take too many pictures of Puerto Vallarta while I was in Mexico last year during the Carnival Splendor cruise.   I think it might have had something to do with it being a very hot day.

I did visit a beautiful church, and would recommend that if you are in Puerto Vallarta, you should visit the Church of Our Lady Of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Several reasons to visit this church: it’s beautiful; it’s historical; incredible architecture; and it never hurts to go to any house of God.  Go for inner peace, contemplation and go in the hopes of being blessed.  Anyway, that’s what I like to think, and so I’m just sharing my reasons for visiting it.

Here are some pictures of the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta

I enjoy seeing different churches and this one is a must-see.

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta

I tried to get pictures from many different angles

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta

You might find this information useful:

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Church Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta

 

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Church Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Nun at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Street scene just outside the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

And another picture of the street just outside the Church

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Now I will digress away from the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe to bring you a few pictures of the surrounding area, this courtyard is very close to the Church

Courtyard Scene – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

I’m sure you will want to buy souvenirs, here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect in PV

Souvenir Shopping, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Souvenirs, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Souvenirs, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Close by to the cruise ship, my three kids just had to pose in front of the Puerto Vallarta sign – many others were doing exactly the same thing.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Now, back to the ship – oh, the Splendor!  As you can see, here in Puerto Vallarta, the ship pulled up right to dock – not like in Cabo San Lucas, where you have to go on a tender boat to the dock.

The Carnival Splendor in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Incase you haven’t seen my video of Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, here it is.

I hope you enjoyed my pictures of Puerto Vallarta, and especially those of the Church Of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  I hope I gave you enough reasons to visit the Church, but if not, please read the following:

http://travel.usnews.com/Puerto_Vallarta_Mexico/Things_To_Do/The_Church_of_Our_Lady_of_Guadalupe_La_Iglesia_de_Nuestra_Senora_de_Guadalupe_14230/

http://www.homeandabroad.com/browse/details/sites.ha?mainInfoId=48153&rqs=vacationplanner

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