Stage Two and Off to the Right

On the morning we came into Antalya, Turkey, part of our excursion for the day had been updated to “STRENUOUS.” Hmmm…….I took one look at those mountains and thought maybe it would be better for me to sit this one out and just enjoy a sea day and the view! As we had no official “sea days” on our month long cruise (because our destinations each day were so close together) this would work out perfect for me. So, hubby went on along with my fervent instructions. I needed door and  walk photos to fulfill my obligations to challenges! Ha Ha!  Here was my view…….

Port at Antalya, Turkey

and here was hubby’s. If you would like to read how he got here, look HERE. His view was higher and much higher and included an Indiana Jones adventure to get to this spot. The Ancient City of Termessos must have been huge ……What is left is great piles of stone, with some of the various buildings still intact, after all these years. Hubby had stopped the previous adventure here at the library ………and now moving higher…..

Library in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

looked on to more of the gyms………

Gyms in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya Turkey

The City is also an Unesco World Heritage Site and offers not only interesting architectural ruins, but lots of trees, plants and wildlife in this mountainous terrain.

Gyms in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya Turkey
Gyms in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya Turkey
Hairy Vetch in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

This was why the trail was marked strenuous. It required an hour’s worth of hard walking on this trail (what trail?)  before you got to any official ruin.

Path Up to Another Part of the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

Going on up……….

Looking Down Connecting Path in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

From here you could look down and see the road you came in on before the walking began.

Looking Down Connecting Path in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

Daisies and Scotch Thistle…….along the trail…..

Scotch Thistle the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

There were sign posts, so you wouldn’t miss the important sites………….

City Drainage System for the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

such as the City Drainage System.

City Drainage System for the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

and the aqueduct system. There would be no way you were walking to the valley to get water everyday!

Ruins of Aqueduct System in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

There were big water drainage systems too….

Rain Water Cisterns in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

And little ones…….watch your step………

Rain Water Cisterns in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

and leftover stones and earthworks everywhere.

Ruins in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey
Ruins in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

Finally, the sign to the theatre, still walking higher and higher……

Sign for the Theater in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

to reach the mountain top theater. What a view!

Mountain Top Theater in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

I don’t know what would have been better: looking down or up or at the stage!

Mountain Top Theater in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey
Mountain Top Theater in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey
Mountain Top Theater in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

I do know, I would not have sat close to this opening!

Mountain Top Theater in the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

What goes up must also come down………An earthquake took out most of the city, heavily damaging the aqueduct systems.  Left it in rubble. Where did the surviving people go?

Watch Your Footing, Path Down from the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

It is time for those hardy folks, from the ship, to come back down the mountain as well. Watch Your Step!

Watch Your Footing, Path Down from the Ancient City of Termessos: Antalya, Turkey

Everyone, who had decided to continue up the mountain, after they got there, and saw what they were dealing with, made it safely down. Then, they were off for some tamer activities. We’ll start there next time!

I’ve included this for Jo’s Monday Walk, because I know Jo would have loved this, especially the theater views! Cady

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    Definitely strenuous

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  2. restlessjo says:

    I wouldn’t be able to keep my mind on the performance in that arena, Cady! The scenery would be better than the show. Amazing place and thanks so much for remembering me 🫠💗

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  3. Much too strenuous for the likes of me! However, those breathtaking views are not to be missed, so I grateful you enjoyed them for me. Now I know what purple vetch looks like — lavender! but not for my gardens here.

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    1. Oh me too ! I would have managed to fall somehow! That vetch is known as a weed there and animals eat it in the wild.

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  4. Sounds as though you both had just the right day. I’m happy your husband did the walk because I greatly enjoyed seeing some of what he saw. 🙂

    janet

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    1. He did a fantastic job! Cady

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