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Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate in the Old City of Antalya, Turkey is not to be missed.  Here’s a link to read more information about this beautiful historical and magnificent gate: http://www.turkeytravelplanner.com/go/med/Antalya/sights/hadrian_gate.html  It is ever so impressive, and was built in the year 130 AD.  Antalya used to be a Roman city.  Here are pictures:

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

There is a little glass walkway that you have to walk over – I believe it is because they are preserving the stones.

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Here’s me in Antalya at Hadrian’s Gate

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Well, monuments are worth seeing, no matter where they are in the world, and this one is just as beautiful, just as significant and historical as any other worthwhile monument.  I hope Hadrian’s Gate stays intact for a really long time, if not for ever.  I highly recommend that you go visit Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya.

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.

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/

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