Antalya – October 6, 2010

Hello Everyone,

Our last day in Antalya. I’m loving Antalya. We went to the Turkish Museum of Antiquities today. It’s a small and unassuming museum and from the outside you don’t expect much. Once you go inside you walk through time from pottery and small tools to Hermes and Aprhodities. These antiquities are wonderfully displayed and for a small museum it offers a great deal of art and collection. After the museum we went into town for a little bit of shopping. We meandered down a steep hill lined with kiosks and restaurants. It‘s amazing how individual shopping is. We each have our own style and eye. I found wonderful silk and Turkish scarves, others found funky dresses and Turkish souvenirs, while others found jewelry.

After our shopping most of us returned to the hotel for lunch. The fruit and vegetables are so fresh and sweet. I took this free time to go to the cove. At the Marmara you take the elevator to zero and walk through a tunnel to arrive at the cove. The cove is a swimming and sunning area at the Mediterranean Sea. From there I had a Turkish massage. Starting with a Turkish Bath, heated stone room with a jacuzzi and areas to bath, a steam room that is the hottest steam room I’ve ever been in. The Turkish massage is a bit like the Swedish massage but first they start with pressure points and very firm pressure. then they add oil and massage and knead. My masseuse was a small woman with very strong hands. she got out my kinks. I highly recommend a massage here!

We finished our day with dinner at China Garden, a restaurant owned by our host and DMC Pamfilya. It’s overlooking the harbor, has very good Chinese food and is one of the best restaurants in Antalya.

First thing in the morning we return to Istanbul for one more night before our journey comes to an end.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page” St. Augustine.
Ja’Vonne Harley