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.
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.
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.
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?!
I like the trees, the minaret, the flowers, the mountains, the sea, and oh, I like Antalya!
There’s me in Antalya.
This is Attalos who is from the Royal Dynasty of the Kingdom of Pergamon (see the next picture below this one).
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!
Old Bazaar & The Old City of Antalya
Are you ready for color, spice, souvenirs, and all things Turkish? Let me take you on my sightseeing trip to the Old City of Antalya. In this post I will carry on where I left off a few posts ago. I had woken up early on the 4th of August, 2014, to go sightseeing all by myself in Antalya. Then I had stumbled across Haidan’s Gate which I had not even known was here in Antalya – so happy that I had left the resort to go see the sights. Now, I headed for the Old Bazaar.
I think I took my first selfie, by looking through a mirror and taking a picture with me in it. I think that’s still classed as a selfie?
Now, I did it again with my Note 3
The people in Antalya greet you warmly, and will give you a cup of tea for just coming into their store. This woman gave me a sample of tea.
When I went to this shop that sold delicious Turkish Delights, the man who sold them to me was so happy, he even ordered a cup of tea for me. This reminded me of India, where I have only been once when I was 14, but I remember the same thing happening there. When my mum would go in a store to buy material or Punjabi suits, the people in the store would order tea for everyone, even I would get a cup of tea at 14. I was happy about that, as I even liked my tea back then.
Here I am looking at the spices – these are the same spices that we use in our Indian food
Then I left the Old Bazaar, and ventured around the streets of the Old City, before heading towards the bay.
I really like these all these umbrellas that are all hanging over the street – so colorful!
I couldn’t stop taking pictures, I find the Old City to be very picturesque.
Next, I headed to the bay, and I will show you these photos next time. I hope you enjoyed seeing these pictures, and that you got a glimpse of life in the Old City of Antalya. I hope you all have a fantastic May!