Day 10, April 29th

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We explored Antalya and the Antalya Archeological Museum this morning with our group. The Museum had an amazing bunch of treasures from antiquity and it does an excellent job of organizing and presenting these items. We had some free time in the afternoon and evening to explore on our own. BTW – Antalya’s city web page is pretty nice.

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Getting organized for the day. Ersin is gathering up the group and announcing our plans for the day.

This is happening right in front of our hotel, which is in the old part of Antalya: the streets are narrow and meandering. We watched in amazement as the occasional truck squeezed its way through.

Photo by Peter.

I'd be stressed-out driving our little car down these streets.

You've probably heard about meerschaum pipes. I think wiki's summary is very interesting: "Meerschaum is a hydrous magnesium silicate having the chemical formula Mg4Si6O15(OH)2·6H2O. Most of the meerschaum of commerce is obtained chiefly from the plain of Eskişehir in Turkey, between Istanbul and Ankara. It occurs there in irregular nodular masses, in alluvial deposits, which are extensively worked for its extraction. It is said that in this district there are 4000 shafts leading to horizontal galleries for extraction of the meerschaum. The principal workings are at Sepetçi Ocağı and Kemikçi Ocağı, about 20 miles southeast of Eskişehir. The mineral is associated with magnesite (magnesium carbonate), the primitive source of both minerals being a serpentine.... .... When first extracted meerschaum is soft, but it hardens on exposure to solar heat or when dried in a warm room." wiki

Hadrian's Gate, built in honor Hadrian who visited the city in 130AD.

According to the city's web site, "Antalya was founded by Attalos the 2nd, a King of Pergamum in 159 B.C., who ordered his men to find him a paradise, and the city was also named Attaleia after him."

Photo by Peter.

We stopped for coffee here after a recommendation by Ersin.

Photo on Peter's camera. Cathy must have taken it though..

No comment on these....

Photo by Peter.

Photo by Peter.

We had a simple lunch of simits and oranges.

Photo by Peter.

We've all seen the paper strip that goes around the toilet seat and cover indicating that the area has been sanitized. Well, here is a different take on that - uses less paper, in a pinch, can be used for multiple customers...seems like if you are worried that the toilet is not clean, a piece of paper is not going to help, either the wrap around kind or this version.

Photo by Peter.

According to Ersin, stray dogs are vaccinated by the city and the yellow earring here is a way of identifying the individual dog.

Photo by Peter.

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