We'd had an interesting night in Antalya and I was really enjoying the city. From the hotel, to the the people, it was working out well. After a typical no need to eat until next week Turkish breakfast, we decided to take a walk around "Old Antalya", the Kaleiçi, surrounded by city walls, it is protected from development. There are still Ottoman and Roman style homes in the area.
I was unusually touched as we walked by the Keike Minare (the broken minaret) which is part of the ruins of the Korkut Camii, which was in my previous post. An elderly gentleman, very well dressed, probably in his eighties was walking on the other side of the street. He started toward us, smiled, walked up to me and extended his hand...... I didn't quite know what to say other than to smile and shake his hand. For me, it was such a welcoming gesture......
The streets themselves varied in width, some wider than others, some quite narrow, all of them exuding character.
It was also quite nice that the streets were empty at this hour, which is why we really enjoy our morning walks.
In this day of cookie cutter construction and having seen the "condo farms", buildings sprouting like corn in China, this was quite a change. You could feel the history of the city oozing from the cracks in the walls.
The doors of various building were particularly fascinating. Each one different, they all seemed to have a story to tell.
After a bit we wandered North, then toward the direction of Ataturk Caddesi, the main street in the area, right outside the city walls where the tram runs. To get out of the walls you walk thru Hadriyanus Capisi (Hadrian's Gate) which was build to honor the Roman Emperor Hadrian for his visit to Antalya in the year 130AD.
Walking south, past all the older men drinking tea in the park, we headed down Ataturk Caddesi, past all the shops, banks, and business buildings....and even past the ATM Farm. I don't recall ever seeing a place where competing ATMs are line up in such a manner.
We walked past what looked like government buildings, had a short stop for tea, then around the edges of a very large park.
We ended up here.......
The views were quite beautiful.......
To our right was Hıdırlık Tower, built by the Romans in the first century. I guess to keep watch over the Antalya Bay.
Right to the north was the colorful Roman Harbor.
We walked down to the harbor, past all the colorful tourist boats, then back up what must have been a cliff wall way back when.......
Climbing back up those steps I recall turning around and looking and marveling at how wonderful the "strands of clouds" looked.
Sort of a like a cloud version of the aurora borealis.......
After this we just kind of wandered around and somehow ended up at the Clock Tower.
Funny thing happened as we walked past the Tekeli Mehmet Pasha Camii.....an elderly gentleman walked out and waved us into the Mosque. I pointed to the shorts I was wearing....I really didn't plan on visiting a mosque. But he just shook his head and waved us in.
We eventually made a complete circle all the way back to Hadrian's Gate. By this time I was starting to get hungry. We headed away from Kaleiçi and ended up near a shopping area. We saw this place on the street. I'd read about it somewhere, so we decided that this was the place for lunch.
This place was doing some major take-out business and the Pide looked really good!
The prices seemed right and the Missus liked the menu which offered a good variety of items.
I'd noticed that the food in Antalya seemed more aggressively spiced than what we had in Instanbul. I actually enjoyed this. I tried a pepper from the bowl on the table and it was indeed fairly spicy.
The Missus enjoyed the dolmasi...one pepper, one eggplant.
But She really enjoyed the Patlican Musakka. It's not like Greek Moussaka. This was spiced stewed lamb on a roasted eggplant.
I had the Karisik Pide, which turned out to be quite filling.
Of course, this is Turkey and there was that basket of bread available......
Of course we headed back to the hotel and immediately took a nap....awakening a couple of hours later. After just lounging around for a couple of hours we headed back out. Near the main street and traffic control gate to the old city was this little restaurant.
Folks eat fairly late here, so we had the entire restaurant to ourselves and took a small table in the very pretty tree lined back courtyard.
I'd pretty much had my fill of meat and just wanted a variety of mezes for dinner. The server, a very nice young man was quite accommodating and we just had bread (of course), lavas, and a nice variety of mezes for dinner.
It was a light, but very satisfying meal.
Of course we took an after meal walk. This time we followed the tram line away and west of the Kaleiçi. This took us to a residential/business area that looked fairly expensive.
We followed the road to the water's edge, then turned back.....
By this time the Missus wanted an "after dinner sweet" and this place looked like it would fit the bill.
Meanwhile, a gentleman with a handsome dog walked down the steps. He left the dog there while he went to get his hair cut next door. I guess the pooch is pretty well known. The owner of the shop put a napkin in front of him and placed a piece of baklava on it.
I guess it's good being king, or at least a prince. He was so well behaved and waited patiently for his owner. Meanwhile, across the street we saw a beautiful golden retriever, so proud and happy....suddenly stop, turn around, and try to drag his owner in the opposite direction. We wondered what caused this...then we noticed that the dog had stopped a two doors down from a Vet! Of course it was to no avail as the owner tugged his suddenly unhappy dog into the Vet.
One more interesting thing........
This gentleman was the shoe guy right in front of the snack shop. One of my shoes was starting to come apart at the sole. We got him to fix my shoe, which lasted until we got back home!
It's easy to fall into the flow here, but it was back to Istanbul in the morning. We did have a relaxing two days, though.....
One last thing. For some reason, I just loved this sign.......
I'm not sure why......