I had low expectations of Turkey. When I decided it would be a good location for our 10 year wedding anniversary celebratory holiday, it was pretty much on the basis of going to Istanbul for a couple of days during our week long visit to a hotel in Antalya, on the south coastline of Turkey.
Now, having returned, I can’t wait to go back. I had a vision of Turkey being very beach-centric but I had not appreciated the wealth of history and beautiful scenery.
Turkey has been described as a place where “East meets West” and I think that is an accurate description. The food is amazing, the people are friendly, yet not too friendly and overall I could feel all tension leaving me during my very short week holiday.
We spent roughly one day relaxing in the hotel, the rest of the time we were out either on organised excursions or through road trips. Seeing Antalya, with plentiful waterfalls, ancient walled cities and market places. Seeing Alanya with historical castles and coastlines. Seeing Kemer with a historical park showing what it was like 200 years ago complete with rabbits and goats wandering across the path.
I hadn’t realised the influence of mythology on Turkey and how much there was to do. Now I do and I can’t wait to go back. When I first decided to go, some were surprised. Turkey feels safe and it is an amazing wonderful place I feel sad I judged it,