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road trip in Turkey part 10: Side

Our next stop along the coast was the pretty resort of Side, which also has a large complex of well preserved ruins next to it. The resort is pedestrianised so you have to leave your car outside and we caused chaos by getting into the lane reserved for taxis and trying to reverse out when we discovered our mistake.

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patterns made from spices

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colourful entrance to the mosque

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the temple of Apollo
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another popular wedding photo location
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more ruins
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a “pirate” ship for day trips
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from ancient to modern – I’m not sure I can see this idea really taking off!
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road trip in Turkey part 9: Alanya

In Alanya on Turkey’s southern coast we opted to stay in a hotel within the old castle walls. It was a very steep climb from the road up to our room in the hotel but the view over Alanya’s bay was well worth it.

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It was also a popular place for newly weds to have their photos taken

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Next morning we were greeted with this stormy sky

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road trip in Turkey part 8: Tarsus

A couple of years ago we went on a road trip in Turkey at this time of year but I never got round to posting about it. This year’s sacrifical Bayram has just finished so it seems appropriate to post it now.

Today was the most important day of the Kurban Bayram (sacrificial Bayram) when families sacrifice a sheep, goat or cow and divide the carcass up between the family and other less fortunate people. Wherever we saw a group of people gathered out of doors they were busy skinning or cutting up a carcass and in some places we caught sight of blood in the drains – not a pretty sight.

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scenery en route to Tarsus

At Nigde we found ourselves on a motorway that wasn’t even on our map! We passed fields and fields of dark green cabbages. The 3 lane on each side motorway took us through a series of tunnels, 8 in all, a phenomenal feat of engineering. Once through the tunnels, Akcaktekir looked like an Alpine town and the trees were now clad in their autumn colours.

One of the dashboard warning lights came on so we stopped in a service station to phone Hyundai’s 24 hour helpline. They said we could keep going but if the engine speed changed we should call again and with some trepidation we hit the road and completed the trip without any further problems. We were pleased and surprised to discover that use of the motorway was free because of the Bayram holiday.

Once in Tarsus (birthplace of the Bible’s Paul of Tarsus) we found our hotel without too much difficulty, located in the historical part of town and within easy walking distance of most of the main sights.

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entrance to the Tarsus Konak hotel

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Inside the hotel were a number of these shirt-shaped decorations. They are based on shirts produced in Tilsim and feature on ceramic plaques and jewellry.

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historical quarter.

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We visited St Paul’s well – not much to see there,

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the covered Bedesten (market),

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where we saw these pictures of a mythical monster called a Sahmeran

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a stretch of ancient Roman road,

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St Paul’s church memorial (painted landscape murals),

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the Ulu camii (main mosque), noteworthy because its minaret also doubles as a clock tower

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the local hamam,

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another Christian church that had been converted to a mosque,

It was very quiet everywhere because of the Bayram and the only people about seemed to be the many men busily cleaning animal skins in the streets. We tried hard not to look at these.

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eye candy!!

We had dinner in the hotel and then walked down ‘bar’ street next to the hotel, had a drink in a bar and watched football. C said she didn’t feel very comfortable walking around the streets near our hotel especially in the evening as it only seemed to be guys going into the bars.

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Next day we met the Sahmeran outside a shopping mall

I thought the hotel we stayed in there, was the nicest one of the whole trip. It was in one of the historical houses with lots of attractive sitting areas and interesting artwork and pictures on the walls – several examples of Ebru (the art of marbling using coloured inks/paints on paper) as well as some interesting coffee table books. According to one such book, ‘Topkapı saray’dan Tılısımlı gömlekler’ (Tılısımlı shirts from the Topkapı saray) the decorative ‘shirts’ on the walls were based on similar shirts. These shirts feature largely in wall decorations, ceramics and jewellery all over Turkey. It was here, in the covered market, that we also came across images of the mythical creature called a şahmeran, which seemed to be part mermaid and part sea monster.

DP photo challenge: frames

If you open your eyes you’ll see frames wherever you look, some natural, some man-made. I often seek out frames to use in my photography, they can provide a glimpse into another world.

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a doorframe in Turkey with a quote by Rumi

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the roman archway frames a view into a modern part of Tarsus, Turkey

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the covered market in Tarsus

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lanterns frame a view of Goreme, Cappadocia, Turkey

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Esrefoglu mosque, Turkey

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the abandoned village of Kaya, Turkey

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Sunday Stills: landscapes

big, wide open landscapes ….

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Koycegiz lake in Turkey

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Uchisar, Cappadocia in Turkey

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Goreme, Cappadocia

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hot-air ballooning in Cappadocia

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: churches or any religious building

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interior of the ‘Sandals’ church at Goreme, Cappadocia

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Guzelyurt, Cappadocia, a Christian church converted to a mosque

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a hilltop church near Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

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Esrefoglu mosque, Turkey

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the cathedral in Famagusta has now been converted into a mosque

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the interior – to our eyes, it looks bare. Gone are the stained glass windows replaced by plain glass with geometric designs and the pews have been replaced with carpets

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ancient chapel in northern Cyprus

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St Nicholas of the cats, Southern Cyprus. It has an unusual double roof.

What church or other religious building did you share with Cee?

Sunday Stills: yellow or wildflowers

Turkey in Spring is awash with yellow wildflowers as well as cultivated ones

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courgette flower

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prickly pear flowers

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horned poppies

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mimosa and yellow daisies

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Travel theme: outdoors

Ailsa reminded some/informed some that 30 March is ‘take a walk in the park’ day. I think this is a wonderful idea but sadly don’t think I’ll get the chance to do that. Instead I’m sharing some of my photos of the great outdoors.

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Vietnam’s eerily atmospheric Halong Bay

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Lake Koycegiz, Turkey

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Cappadocia, Turkey

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lavender fields in Provence

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my all-time favourite outdoors – Oare valley in north Devon, UK

word a week photo challenge: mural

A mural is any piece of artwork painted or applied directly on a wall, ceiling or other large permanent surface. A distinguishing characteristic of mural painting is that the architectural elements of the given space are harmoniously incorporated into the picture. (Wikipedia)

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a climbing wall in Hamburg

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Brussels

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work in progress, in London’s Portobello Road

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St Basil, Goreme open air museum, Cappadocia, Turkey

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the beautiful, painted interior of the Jesuits church in Vienna

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the red room in Helga’s Folly, Sri Lanka

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the royal rock temple, Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Sue’s word of the week . Did you share any photos of murals this week?

Sunday Stills: sepia

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Travel on mountain tracks is much easier by donkey – photographed in Turkey.

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