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Published: September 3rd 2013
Never seen one in the water before
I pulled by backpack on and walked down Leda street to the "border crossing" I entered North Lefkosi and hopped in a taxi for the 30 minute trip to Kyrenia. Kyrenia has a picture perfect harbour surrounded my a maze of alleyways full of bars, hotels and shops and is a great place to stay. The first night I had a room in the maze like back streets which was old but nice and enjoyed a great traditional fish dinner, the second night I moved to a room on the harbour with lovely view.
The next day it was time to leave so l packed up and headed to the airport catching my flight to Anatalya in Turkey, on arrival I headed to passport control , there must have been at least 500 hundred people waiting to go through, when I got to the front they sent me back to get a visa so I had to line up again.
Eventually I got out of the airport and into a taxi and was on my way to my pension in Anatalya's kaleisi or old town. I like the old town because of its character, most of the old buildings
and courtyards are pubs and restaurants or hotels but it is a beautiful area. The first afternoon I did some exploring which was fun and a little strange as there were many women wandering around in wedding dresses.
The next morning I took a tour to the historical sites at Perge, Aspendos and Side (see-day) all of which were well worth seeing , I was lucky as a group of Arabs pulled out so there were only three of us on the bus. After a stop for a traditional Turkish lunch we then visited a waterfall.
Next day I had a 6 am start for a trip to the sunken city at Kekova and the sights around Demre which included the church of Father Christmas and the rock cut tombs of Myra. What a nightmare, ended up on a bus packed with Russians. So I understood little about what was happening, by the time they had all been picked up K had been on the bus for more than two hours and gone no where.
It was then time to stop at various shops and restaurants to waste more time so we didn't see anything till after
10.30 so was getting quite angry. Saint Nicholas church was so full of Russians I gave up trying to get in there and cruised the shops till it was time to visit some more local merchants. Next was the tour of the sunken city at Kekova, sort of interesting but not much to see till that beautiful sea turtle visited us.
Next it was on to the theatre and rock cut tombs a Myra which were certainly the highlight of a mostly unpleasant day which got worse when my guide from the previous days tour turned up with a bus load of English speakers, very annoying and a very long day. No more tours for me.
Turkey ha certainly turned into an horrific tourist trap I am hoping things will get better as I head further east.
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