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December 02 – Day 9: Seaside Antalya
Antalya is an ideal place to enjoy a “vacation from your vacation.” The day is all yours to enjoy the impressive Ancient Greek sculptures in the Antalya Museum, one of Turkey’s finest archaeological museums; explore the narrow cobbled streets of Antalya’s old town and Roman harbor; or experience a traditional Turkish bath (your guide will help arrange it). No bus. Walking: light to strenuous (your choice).
 After a later start Mert led us by tram to the nearby Antalya
Archeological Museum.

Roman Statues and Awesome Rick Steves Guides!
Beautiful Greek dancing figure made up off three different marbles.
Photo by Jamie Blair Gould.
3rd C Lycian Stele Stone dedicated to the12
Gods of Lycia. Photo by Jamie Blair Gould.
Did you hear the one about a Scotsman an
Englishman, a Spaniard and a Welshman who went a Turkish Bath… (Though the
Welshman bears an uncanny resemblance to Tutankhamen). At the Hammam guys and
girls split off into different complexes. In just a towel we laid on a marble
slab in a tiled sweat-room, rather too similar to a morgue! Next, a rub down
with a rough glove and pumice followed by oil and bubbles to remove the grease.
Having been pummelled, oiled and exfoliated we were wrapped in towels and led
to a restroom – see photo. Suitably relaxed, an oiled massage completed the
Text by Jamie Blair Gould.


“Take your son, your only son,…” Photo by Mert Taner.
Flamboyant! No Turkish shave is done over unless you have a spank of
fire to burn tiny hair.