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article imagePhoto Essay: Antalya afternoon Special

By Lonna Lisa Williams     Mar 20, 2013 in World
Antalya - Enjoy a quiet Antalya afternoon with friends, walking by markets on a cobblestone street, past the old castle, and to the boat harbor where a rainbow brightens the way.
I've done a lot of photo essays for Digital Journal, and my collection of Turkish faces even won an award. I've highlighted Turkey with tours of special places like Istanbul, Anitkabir, or Kandira on the Black Sea. I've shown a vast array of markets, transportation, food, artistry, and style. Some photo essays came with directions on how to navigate a seaside castle, a mountain forest, or a waterfall. Others held complex history like the Battle of Çanakkale or Kocaeli archaeology. I'd like to wrap up the vast pieces of this Turkish puzzle with a simple September afternoon in Antalya when I walked with my Turkish husband and some friends, by the sea.
After the blazing summer heat and crowds of tourists, Antalya lay beside castle walls and the curve of the Mediterranean like a gem washed in afternoon rain. Showers became a downpour as water gushed down cobblestone streets toward the marina where swimming coves, devoid of lounge chairs, welcomed waves. On a Sunday after church at Saint Paul's, my American friend Kristen and her three children invited my husband and me to lunch. Three other expat English teachers also tagged along, and Kristen's mother and father from California saw Antalya through new eyes.
Kristen's father treated us all to a shish kebab lunch at a balcony restaurant in Kaleiçi ("old castle," pronounced "Kawley Ichi"). After lunch, we wandered down the hill toward the boat harbor, winding between markets built in old stone buildings with red-tiled roofs. When the rain poured down and our umbrellas would not stand against it, we sheltered under the canvas tarp of one shop until the sky cleared. We walked to the lighthouse wall and stood facing the Mediterranean Sea as a rainbow rose behind us, above the boat harbor and the upper castle walls. It was a peaceful moment in my whirlwind life in Turkey, and I will not forget it.
I hope that you, too, have enjoyed your walks with me. I invite you to travel further in my books, and I promise to write more about Turkey, for it is a vast country, and I have yet to see its heartland or the east. I have yet to share my adventures in New Zealand, Russia, and California. Life is a journey. May we find a pleasant path together.
Looking down on Kaeliçi with its old stone buildings and red-tiled roofs
Looking down on Kaeliçi with its old stone buildings and red-tiled roofs
We attended church at Saint Paul s in Kaleici
We attended church at Saint Paul's in Kaleici
We ate at a restaurant which serves traditional  spicy Turkish food
We ate at a restaurant which serves traditional, spicy Turkish food
Our group of friends and family inside the restaurant
Our group of friends and family inside the restaurant
After lunch  we wandered down narrow  cobbled streets
After lunch, we wandered down narrow, cobbled streets
We peeked into charming pink hotels
We peeked into charming pink hotels
Beside ivy-covered castle walls
Beside ivy-covered castle walls
Castle towers looked toward the cloudy sea
Castle towers looked toward the cloudy sea
We passed more hotels in Kaleici
We passed more hotels in Kaleici
Then wandered down to the yacht harbor
Then wandered down to the yacht harbor
On the lighthouse point  we watched a stormy cliff
On the lighthouse point, we watched a stormy cliff
Waves swept up on the cliffs
Waves swept up on the cliffs
The swimming cove also welcomed waves
The swimming cove also welcomed waves
Kristen s family stood on Lighthouse Point and watched
Kristen's family stood on Lighthouse Point and watched
A rainbow rose above Antalya Harbor behind us
A rainbow rose above Antalya Harbor behind us
As the sun shone through clouds on the Mediterranean Sea
As the sun shone through clouds on the Mediterranean Sea
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