Turkish currency - Liras. 50...
Turkish currency - Liras. 50 000 Liras is not a big sum - it was less than a dollar at the time of our visit. You can check the rate at VT currency server.Turkey is a muslim country, but in my opinion it is still more democratic, then, for instance, Jordan (the only muslim country besides Turkey where I have been to). Or maybe it is because I spent most of the time on a beach. Anyway, you must remember the difference in culture and not appear in too short skirts around mosques. People are very friendly and communicative. However, I was afraid to follow them when they invited 'to see my house'. Who knows what they are up to?:))
Highly recommended by my guidebook and the only restaurant that staff at Kaleici Lodge could think of recommending, Parlak was my first dinner stop in Antalya. Located just off a busy shopping street near the old town, Parlak was totally packed when I arrived (though I was the only person who entered the entire time I was there). I wasn't greeted at the door for several minutes; in fact, I wasn't even sure if they were still open. It turns out they were still serving food, and after a while I was seated and left with a menu. The service was neither friendly nor helpful. As well, there was a heavy smell of smoked meat in the air, which itself was thick with blowing smoke from the kitchen. I requested a vegetarian meze plate, which they didn't seem to know how to put together or charge for, but which was eventually served. It was average. Paying required further waiting and more service that I noted in my journal as "grumpy". I'm not sure what the big draw is at Parlak, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is a Turkish hero and you can see him everywhere in Turkey. He made many reforms in order to bring Turkey to the level of contemporary civilizations. Some of his reforms are: abolishment of the Sultanate, declaration of the Republic, women were given equal rights with men, the surname law, abolishment of nicknames, pious and royal titles, adoption of the international calendar, time and measurements, adoption of the new Turkish alphabet.
All the streams of the region aim at finding their way into the Mediterranean and they pour down the slopes of the Tauros, sometimes overland sometimes underground and, reaching their destination, result in lovely waterfalls, of which there are more than twenty.The loveliest of these are the Duden Falls, 15 km. north of Antalya, the Kursunlu Falls 18 km. along the Antalya-Alanya highway and those of Manavgat 3 km. north of the town.
"AN OLD OTTOMAN HOUSE FROM ANTALYA"
The Kaleici, the Ottoman citadel, is the nicest part of town. Narrow alleys, old timbered houses, stone archways, and private gardens. It is now restored and has became a most attractive touristic centre with its hotels, restaurants, shopping and entertainment facilities. Kaleici retains all the original ancient Turkish archaeological characteristics.The old harbour (Yat Limani) is now a marina with modern yachts and very nice to spend a evening outside, having a meal or a drink next to the sea.
Aspendos theatre is one of the everlasting structures of the ancient world, reaching our time. The architect of this 15 thousand people capacity theatre that was built on the slope of a small hill was the son of Thedoros of Aspendos, Zenýn. The most important characteristic of the theatre is its acoustic. The stage are of the theatre is a half circle and sepereted into two by a wide diazoma. The first line from the orchestra was reserved for senators, judges and foreign ambassadors, and the second was reserved for the important characters of the town. The woman were generally seated at the upper level of the theatre, below the gallery. Other place were available for every other citizens of the city. Stage is the striking characteristic of the theatre. The little doors on the level of the orchestra were for the corridors where the wild animal were kept.