After picking up some friends from their cruise ship we traveled around to some of the more popular sites in the city. Including the ancient harbor. I took the opportunity to take some quick shots with my phone and now I’m able to share some of them with you. This harbors been around for more than two thousand years and while not always so orderly and organized this beautiful spot has become a huge destination for tourists. I love the stark contrast in light coming off the boats as opposed to the water.
The colored photos would show you how beautiful the water is but since it’s in black and white and we’re dreaming you’ll just have to pretend you see how pretty the turquoise waters are.
The Way In
There are lots of ways down to the harbor but we took this one in from the main street we walked down through the shaded ancient walkways of the old walled city and enjoyed the Greek and Turkish styled homes as well as several other interesting artifacts. It was fun shopping at the vendors along the way and we had some tasty teas including a hibiscus and a menthol eucalyptus tea that nearly knocked me out it was so strong on the senses. If you go in morning or afternoon you don’t have to worry about the sun beating down on you because the streets are so narrow and the buildings cast long shadows for you to escape the heat of the strong sun.
The ground can be somewhat slippery and very slippery when wet. I really don’t know why they went to so much trouble seven years ago to put soap stone down as if the beautifying value was more important than the safety of the pedestrians.
Trees and Parks
The park overlooking the port and the cliff side city has many beautiful palms and a wonderful tea garden. You might enjoy visiting the site some day possibly tour Turkey and see the colors that go with these monochromatic dreams. There’s a lot more to see so don’t quit yet. You’ll find that these dream like locations are pretty, but they’re also very tasty.
Who wouldn’t want a fish sandwich to go along with a beautiful day on the Mediterranean. This one set me back $3 and came with a salad buffet to stuff in between the bread and fish. Top it off with a spicy hot red carrot drink and you’re talking about one local delight. So, with full stomachs we head back to the cruise ship and continue to tour Turkey. I guess we’ll see something else impressive in the near future.
If you’d like to consider viewing some other places in the world you’re in for a treat because Greece is coming up soon. In the mean time keep dreaming in vivid technicolor while I consider all the many beautiful aspects of a monochromatic life.
Enjoying the beach in Antalya is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. I spent my first days of spring on the beach with my son watching the waves come in and enjoying the water. The only other people to brave the waters were a group of teenage boys who were enjoying the day. It was not unusual for them to rush from the cold waters to the warm stones where they could warm their bodies.
I was there because my friend’s son really wanted to swim in the Mediterranean Sea. His son had touched the waters before of the warm middle earth sea, but he had never dipped in the white waters of the Akdeniz – Turkish for white. We spent a lot of time together with my friend and his son over a weeks period and a lot of people stopped and stared at him in Turkey. You see this young boy is from Burkina Faso and his family stand out in Turkey. During their tour of turkey they spent a lot of time visiting new places.
My friend started his visit in Ankara. His first stops were to some other friends of ours. He spent a week with them visiting the castle walls, their preschool and several other places including the memorial site of Ataturk and the Museum of Ancient Civilizations. There was no shortage of things to see but in the time he had to get around he saw a few fair sites.
After their week in Ankara taking in the sites they made their way down to see us and we took them to see Perge, Kaleici, and a couple other sites before their departure for Istanbul. These photos are just a few from their Ankara. Enjoy
The flight was good and the price was great coming down and we went to some awesome ancient sites in Antalya. The best of which were ancient ruins. Here are some photos from that time including a great shot of the ancient city of Perge. You’ll note the walls are all under repair as the city is super old. Reading more about the city is something I’d suggest for you to do. Walking around this city gets more interesting every time we visit. The site is under constant restoration and archaeologists are uncovering the palace the main thoroughfares and many other sites in the area. These photos will show some of the progress going on at the site and my favorites.
Get ready for the life of the truly color blind. This will be an exploration in the life of those who see nothing short of the starkest of contrasts in life, beauty and especially photography. Keep posted for my future writings regarding film, politics, travel, business and many other aspects of life. If you’re looking for a place to find contrast for your life this is the site for you.
To start things off I’ll post a picture from my travels. This was once a place where sailors would leave their offerings for Apollos before heading out to sea. The sailors would prepare themselves for the arduous journey as they headed off to sea. So, off we go into the wild white and black world of black and white dreaming.